3 June 2004 – 16 May 2009
|Preceded by||Ram Naik|
|Succeeded by||Sanjay Nirupam|
|Born||December 21, 1963
Virar, Thane, Mumbai
|Birth name||Govind Arun Ahuja|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Profession||Actor, Television presenter, Politician|
|As of February 19, 2008
Govinda (Hindi: गोविंदा; Punjabi: ਗੋਵਿੰਦਾ) (born Govind Arun Ahuja, on 21 December 1963) is a Filmfare award-winning Indian actor and politician. He has appeared in over 120 Hindi language films. At the start of his career, his acting and dancing skills gained him widespread attention among film viewers. He later gained worldwide fame as a Bollywood icon through comedy films such as Shola Aur Shabnam, Aankhen, Coolie No. 1, Haseena Maan Jaayegi and Partner.
He was a member of the Indian National Congress Party He was elected as the 7th Member of Parliament for the Mumbai North Constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections after defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
In 2009 General Elections he opted out of politics to concentrate more in film.However he continues to have political favor from Congress Party.His constituency was succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam(also from Congress Party)
Govinda’s father, Arun Kumar Ahuja, an actor in the 1940s, was a Punjabi settled in Maharashtra. Arun was notable for acting in Mehboob Khan's Aurat (1940). Arun and Nirmala first met during the making of the film Savera, in which they were cast opposite each other. They married in 1941.
The only film Ahuja ever produced was a flop. Unable to bear the loss, his health failed. The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai's upmarket Carter Road, was forced to move to Virar -- a far- flung semi-rural Mumbai suburb, where Govinda was born. The youngest of six children—his pet name Chi Chi means little finger in Punjabi, the language they speak at home. Since his father was unable to work, Nirmala Devi brought up the children through hard times in Mumbai.
He studied at Annasahb Vartak College in Vasai, Maharashtra. He graduated in commerce, but failed to find a job. He was not considered for a steward's position at the Taj Mahal hotel because his English wasn't good enough. His father suggested films. Around this time, Govinda saw the film Saturday Night Fever and dance became his obsession. He practised for hours and circulated a promo of himself on a VHS cassette. Soon a fertiliser commercial came his way, followed by an Allwyn ad, finally his very first leading role in Tan Badan which was to be directed by his uncle Anand. He started shooting for his next film Love 86 in June 1985. By mid-July, he had signed 40 others.
His first film to be released Ilzaam (1986) was a box office success and 5th biggest hit of 1986.The film established him as a dancing star. He acted in a string of movies after that with mixed success. Most of the films he appeared in during the 1980s were in the action, romance or family drama genres. He was often paired opposite actress Neelam and together they appeared in hit films such as Love 86 (1986), Khudgarz (1987) and his brother Kirti Kumar's directed Hatya (1988). He had success with family drama films such as Dariya Dil (1988), Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) and Hum (1991) as well as action films such as Marte Dam Tak (1987) and Jung Baaz (1989). He worked with David Dhawan for the first time in the 1989 action film Taaqatwar. He also had a hit film that year with Rajini Kanth & Sridevi in Ghair Khanooni
He acted in critically acclaimed film Zulm Ki Hukumat, an Indian remake of Godfather where his performance was appreciated. He then formed a successful collaboration with David Dhawan and went onto act in 17 movies directed by him most of which were comedy films. The most successful films during their collaboration included Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Hero No. 1 (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999), Anari No. 1 (1999), Jodi No. 1 (2001)and Partner . Dhawan and other directors frequently cast him opposite actresses such as Divya Bharati, Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, and Raveena Tandon during the 1990s.
Govinda played the role of a villain for the first time in his career in Shikari (2000). Although the movie was not a commercial success, Govinda's convincing portrayal of a sociopath murderer was critically acclaimed..
His box office draw suffered a setback in the early 2000s following a series of commercially unsuccessful films.He turned down roles in Taal, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Devdas which went on to become successful films. His acting career was further affected when he contested and won the seat for Member of Parliament from Mumbai North in the 2004 parliamentary elections. He did not have any new film releases in 2004 and 2005 although some of his delayed films such as Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen (2005) and his own home production Ssukh (2005) were released but were box office disasters.
Govinda made a comeback to films in late 2006 with the comedy film Bhagam Bhag alongside Akshay Kumar which was a success. His first 2007 release was the huge multi-starrer Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. Although a box office disappointment, Govinda was praised for his performance.
His second 2007 release was the David Dhawan directed comedy Partner, which co-stars Salman Khan. The film grossed Rs.300 Million in India on its opening week, the second highest domestic opening week gross for an Indian film up until then.. His recently released film for 2008 is Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. In 2008 Salman Khan invited David Dhawan and Govinda on his show Dus Ka Dum to celebrate the success of their film Partner. In 2009, he recently had a successful film titled 'Life Partner' and he was appreciated for his performance.
Govinda has joined Mani Ratnam's Bilingual Project along with Vikram,Abhishek Bachchan,Aishwarya Rai,Prabhu Ganesan,Karthik Muthuraman,Suhasini Mani Ratnam,Ravi Kishan,Prithviraj Sukumaran,Priyamani and Tejaswini Kolhapure.The film is titled Raavan in Hindi and Ashokavanam in Tamil.Govinda plays a forest officer who takes Vikram's character through the forests in search of a wanted criminal.While it was earlier speculated that it was a contemporary version of Hanuman,Govinda refutes the claim..Karthik Muthuraman plays the character in Ashokavanam.
Govinda gets back to the successful trio of David Dhawan, Vashu Bhagnani and himself with the movie Do Knot Disturb.
In a run up to the polls, Govinda had announced that his agenda will be ), prawaas (transportation), swasthya (health) and gyaan (education).
During the first ten months of his tenure as an Member of Parliament (MP), Govinda did not spend any money from his MP Local Area Development Fund of Rs. 20 million. He started utilizing his fund only when newspaper reports brought this to notice. According to the Thane district collectorate sources, Govinda committed Rs 7 to construct anganwadi, samaj mandirs and resolve drinking water problem of Vasai and Virar residents. However, work on these projects did not begin (as of August 2005), because administrative approval was being awaited. Govinda also took credit for 80% of the quadrupling of Borivli-Virar section on Western Railway (India).
During his tenure as an MP, Govinda embarrassed his party, Congress, by coming out in open to support actor Shakti Kapoor, who had been caught in an sting operation, asking for sexual favours from a television reporter posing as a Bollywood aspirant. He also opposed the ban on dance bars, which embarrassed the Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government, which had proposed the ban.
As an MP, Govinda has been criticized for being inaccessible to the people of his constituency, especially during the terrible rains (beginning 26 July 2005) that left around 450 dead in Mumbai. After the rains, while speaking to a TV channel, Govinda claimed that he had got Rs 150 million sanctioned for his flood-hit constituency after speaking to Sonia Gandhi. However, his own party colleagues contested the claim. Mohan Adhikari, the president of Palghar Congress Unit went on record saying that "not a single paisa" had been received.
During his tenure as the Member of Parliament, he was never played any active role. He was mostly absent while the house was in session. He also did not participate in any debates or raise any queries regarding his constituency. 
Govinda's father Arun Ahuja was an actor in the 1940s and his mother Nirmala Ahuja was also an actress as well as a singer. His brother Kirti Kumar is an actor, producer and director. His sister Kaamini Khanna is a writer, music director, singer, anchor and founder of Beauty with Astrology. Govinda has six nephews and two nieces in the entertainment industry: actors Vinay Anand, Krushna Abhishek, Aryan, Arjun Singh, Ragini Khanna, Amit Khanna, Aarti Singh and director Janmendra Kumar Ahuja. Govinda's brother-in-law Devendra Sharma has also acted in a few Hindi Films.
Govinda's maternal uncle Anand Singh, who was assistant to director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, launched him in his movie Tan Badan. Anand Singh's wife's younger sister Sunita fell in love with Govinda during the 'Mahurat' of Tan Badan. They got married on 11 March 1987.Their marriage was a closely guarded secret for the initial four years.
The couple have two children, Narmada and Yashvardhan. Govinda had a narrow escape from death on 5 January 1994. While travelling to a studio for the shooting of 'Khuddar (1994)', the actor's car hit another car, resulting in him sustaining injuries to his head. Though bleeding profusely, Govinda did not cancel the shooting. After visiting a doctor, he shot for the film till midnight.
Govinda's year of birth has been cited as both 1958 and 1963. According to Govinda's parliament member profile on Loksabha.nic.in, the Official Government website of Lok Sabha, his date of birth is listed as 21 December 1963. The profile is compiled from government records.Personal Information of parliament members are obligatorily scrutinized and affirmed at the time of submitting nominations for candidacy.
The year of birth has also been stated as 1958 in numerous web portals. This probably originated from an unverified entry on his IMDb page. Various web portals like Rediff which referred IMDb as a source,featured articles on the actor celebrating his 48th birthday on the eve of Bhagam Bhag's release in 21 December 2006.
|1986||Ilzaam||Ajay Sharma/Vijay||Features the hit song “Street Dancer”|
|Love 86||Vikram Doshi|
|1987||Mera Lahoo||Govinda Singh|
|Marte Dam Tak||Jai|
|Khudgarz||Kumar Saxena||Adaptation of Kane and Abel|
|Pyaar Karke Dekho||Ravi Kumar|
|1988||Jeete Hain Shaan Se||Iqbal Ali|
|Paap Ko Jalaa Kar Raakh Kar Doonga||Deepak Malhotra|
|Hatya||Sagar||Remake of Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal|
|Halaal Ki Kamai||-|
|Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani||Amar Dhanraj|
|Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam||Amar|
|Tohfa Mohabbat Ka||-|
|1989||Aakhri Baazi||Ram Kumar|
|Jung Baaz||Arjun Srivastav|
|Paap Ka Ant||-|
|Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharnii||Ravi Verma||Neil Nitin Mukesh played the younger version of Ravi.|
|Gair Kaanooni||Om Narayan|
|Farz Ki Jung||Vishal|
|Dost Garibon Ka||-|
|Asmaan Se Ooncha||Vikram Malik (Vicky)|
|Sachai Ki Taqat||Sagar Singh|
|Mohabaat Ki Aag||-|
|Kaun Kare Kurbani||-|
|Khatarnaak||Dancer in song "Jeena Hai Humka.."|
|Naya Khoon||Dr. Anand|
|Taqdeer Ka Tamasha||-|
|Kaun Kare Qurbani||Ajit|
|Karz Chukana Hai||Ravi|
|1992||Shola Aur Shabnam||Karan|
|Teri Payal Mere Geet||Premi|
|Jaan Se Pyaara||Inspector Jai/Sunder||Double Role|
|Zulm Ki Hukumat||Pratap Kohli|
|Radha Ka Sangam||-|
|1993||Aankhen||Bunnu/Gaurishankar||Highest Grossing film of the year|
|Zakhmo Ka Hisaab||Suraj Kumar|
|Aadmi Khilona Hai||Sharad Verma|
|1994||Ekka Raja Rani||Sagar|
|Andaz Apna Apna||as Himself|
|Raja Babu||Raja Singh||Remake of Rasukutty|
|Ekka Raja Rani||Sagar|
|Beta Ho To Aisa||Raju|
|1995||Gambler||Dayashankar Pandey||Version of Short Time|
|Coolie No. 1||Raju||Nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award, Remake of Chinna Mapillai|
|1996||Saajan Chale Sasural||Shyamsunder||Special Filmfare Award,Remake of Veera|
|Apne Dam Par||-|
|1997||Hero No. 1||Rajesh Malhotra||Remake of Bawarchi|
|Kaun Rokega Mujhe||-|
|Deewana Mastana||Bunnu||Nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award, Version of What about Bob?|
|Do Ankhen Barah Hath||Sagar|
|Dulhe Raja||Raja||Remade as Thuruppu Gulan.Two of the movie's songs were used as titles for other movies - Suno Sasurjee and Ankhiyon Se Goli Maare.|
|Aunty No. 1||Gopi|
|Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan||Pyare Mohan/Chhote Miyan||Version of Bad Boys|
|Pardesi Babu||Raju Pardesi|
|1999||Anari No. 1||Rahul Saxena /Raja|
|Haseena Maan Jaayegi||Monu||Winner, Filmfare Best Comedian Award|
|Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain||Rahul Malhotra|
|2000||Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain||Ganga|
|Shikari||Om Srivastav/Mahendra Pratap Singh||Nominated for Filmfare Best Villain Award|
|Kunwara||Raju||Remake of A Walk in the Clouds|
|Beti No. 1||Bharat Bhatnagar||Remake of Aadyathe Kanmani|
|Joru Ka Ghulam||Raja|
|Hadh Kar Di Aapne||Raju/Mummy/Daddy/Sweety/Dada/Dadi||Six Roles|
|2001||Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa||Bhimsha|
|Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya||Prem|
|Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta||Raj Malhotra||Remake of Liar Liar|
|2002||Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai||Sunder|
|Waah! Tera Kya Kehna||Raj Oberoi/Banne Khan||Double Role|
|Akhiyon Se Goli Maare||Raj Oberoi|
|Chalo Ishq Ladaaye||Pappu||Remake of Strangers on a Train|
|2003||Ek Aur Ek Gyarah||Tara|
|Raja Bhaiya||Raja Bhaiya|
|Three Roses||-||Remake of Charlie's Angels|
|Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen||Raja/Vicky|
|Bhagam Bhag||Babla||Remake of Mannar Mathai Speaking|
|2007||Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love||Raju||Inspired by Love Actually|
|Partner||Bhaskar Diwakar Chowdahry||Remake of Hitch|
|Jahan Jaaeyega Hamen Paaeyega||Karan/Bobby Singh/Sher Khan|
|Om Shanti Om||as Himself|
|2008||Money Hai Toh Honey Hai||Bobby Arora||Hansika Motwani who played his romantic interest had eariler acted as his daughter in the never completed film "Yahoo".|
|Humsey Hai Jahaan||-|
|2009||Chal Chala Chal||Deepak||Remake of Ee Parakum thalika|
|Life Partner||Jeet Oberoi|
|Do Knot Disturb||Raj|
|2010||Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai||Pappu||Remake of My Cousin Vinny|
|Naughty @ 40||-||Remake of The 40-Year-Old Virgin|
|Ab Dilli Door Nahin||-|
|Run Bhola Run||-|