Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Birthday Govinda - III

Another big mistake he made was choosing wrong films and filmmakers. I have read in the media that Subhash Ghai had offered Govinda was offered Anil Kapoor’s role in Taal. The movie had Akshaye Khanna and Aishwarya Rai in the lead. However, since he did not want to play second fiddle to Akshaye Khanna, he refused the film.

Another role that he refused was that of Chunnilal in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas which was eventually done by Jackie Shroff. Devdas had the enviable star cast of Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. Although his role may not have been anything to write home about, it was a big hit nonetheless and he would have had another feather in his cap. Another notorious habit that had all the producers fuming at Govinda is his habit of coming famously late on the sets. They would have had to incur huge losses due to his problem with keeping time commitments.

Thereafter, he had problems on his personal front with rumours of his marriage being on rocks, his alleged affairs with his leading ladies and the fateful accident his family met while on their way to Ajmer Sharif this year. In the interim, he also entered politics and won the general election from Mumbai by defeating a Bhartiya Janata Party heavyweight Ram Naik. All was not good on that front as well as there were rumours that he’s neglecting his constituency and not doing much as a politician.


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Anonymous said...

I don't think the roles you have mentioned where anything to right home about. But if BB becomes a hit then he would be in a better position to command a decent sum for second fiddle roles. Please do not believe film magazines, the real reason in most cases is MONEY. Boman amd Paresh command a very neat amount for doing second fiddle roles, paresh has a per day charge (which is very good for Bollywood, as most directors/producers are famous for delays/inefficiency and also for shooting extra film).
I would suggest you subscribing to super cinema, Trade Guide, screen and Film information.
Since you are a true Bollywood buff, you will really enjoy them (pl. note they are not gossip magazines but film trade magazines).

pappupager said...

Dear Girish,

I agree that the roles of Chunnilal (played by Jackie Shroff) in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas and Vikram (played by Anil Kapoor) in Subhash Ghai's Taal were nothing to write home about. However, it does look good on one's CV if one has been a part of a successful movie. I agree with you that Boman and Paresh Rawal command a neat amount for doing second fiddle. But we are talking about Govinda here who has single handedly carried films on his own steam. Having the potential to be a bankable lead actor, I think of no reason why he cannot become a bankable second fiddle.