One of Bollywood’s most entertaining actors Govinda celebrates his 50th birthday today (December 21). Govinda made his debut with ‘Ilzaam’ in 1986 and has since appeared in over 120 Hindi films. His earlier films in the 1980s were in a variety of genres such as family drama, action and romantic. Here’s a look at Govinda’s top 10 roles in a career spanning over two decades.
Shola Aur Shabnam: One of Govinda’s earlier comic role , it was with ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’ that he gained recognition as a comedy actor playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the romantic movie.
Aankhen (1993): Like many films to come, in this film too Govinda had a double role one that of a brat and second as that of a simple villager. Comedy ensues when circumstances lead both his characters to interchange. The movie was a blockbuster.
Muqabla (1993): This film had Govinda in an out-and-out action avatar. In the film, Govinda essayed the role of an honest and upright constable who as to tackle his corrupt brother played by Aitya Pancholi.
Raja Babu (1994): Govinda’s ‘Raja babu’ style became emblematic of his acts as he went on to do films like ‘Rajaji’ among others where he portrayed a similar style. Govinda played a som pampered by his mother and taunted by his father for his wayward ways. The film’s song ‘Aa Aa Ee’ and ‘Sarkaye Liyo Khatiya’ too went on to define his dancing style.
Coolie No 1 (1995): Though Govinda had the ‘No. 1’ tag attached to many of his films, this one saw Govinda play two different styles in the film. On one hand Govinda played a simple coolie and the other one who pretends to be a rich brat in order to marry his love if life Karisma Kapoor.
Deewana Mastana (1997): In this film Govinda played the role of Bannu, who falls for his doctor (Juhi Chawla), who is treating him for his fear of fire, heights, running, and water! In this film Govinda earned kudos for his act as a crazy guy!
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998): In this film Govinda appeared in a double role -- one that of a suave policeman and other as a funny small time thief. Both his roles often coincided with the other and thus created quite a hilarious act.
Shikari (2000): In this film Govinda was seen in a negative role for the time. Even though the film was a commercial failure, Govinda's convincing portrayal of a phsychopath murderer was critically acclaimed. Govinda will soon step in the same shoes again with his upcoming film ‘Kill Dill’ where he plays the role of Ranveer Singh’s step father, who has shades of grey!
Partner (2007): one of Govinda’s most hilarious films of all time showed the actor as Bhaskar who takes the help of Salman Khan aka Love guru too woo the love of his life played by Katrina Kaif. In the film, Govinda was at his comic best.
Raavan (2010): Loosely based on the epic Ramayana, Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’ had Govinda as the monkey like forest guard, who helped in the capture of Abhishek Bachchan. While it was earlier speculated that his character was a contemporary version of Hanuman, Govinda refuted the claim. Despite having a small role in the film, Govinda was appreciated for his performance.