Govinda: “I am doubtful about reuniting with David Dhawan”


The dynamic duo of the 90’s – David Dhawan and Govinda reigned our screens and gave audiences many entertaining films, but in a recent interview the ‘Hero No.1’ (1997) actor doubts they will collaborate again.

Reported on TNIE, the duo worked on 15 films together, back-to-back, the first one being ‘Taaqatwar’ (1989), which launched Dhawan’s career off as a director and their last film was ‘Partner’ (2007). In the interview, the ex-politician said he was “hurt” after reaching out to the director for a project, but received a negative response in return.

“I am doubtful about reuniting with David Dhawan. Reason is that he made a film ‘Chashme Badoor’. I had narrated the subject to him. (But) he started making the film with someone else. I was surprised when I came to know about it. I called him and said, “David, I really wanted to do our 18th or 19th film together”. He never called me back. Then my secretary offered him a film to which he gave a rude reply saying, ‘Tell Govinda, he has started asking too many questions. Whatever part he is getting in the film, he should just do that’. It hurt me a lot. I am sure his sons must be asking him questions. He probably never expected that I will one day reach this level or I will grow up or I will come back to movies after becoming a Member of Parliament,” said the 54 -year old.

The ‘Saajan Chale Sasural’ (1996) actor also mentioned he had contacted Dhawan to say that if they did not collaborate by 2010, he would not work with him. “He took me casually. In late 2009, my wife and I were at some party and she told me, he was calling me. But I said, “I will not go to him right now.”

Further adding, I have seen so much success with him and I believe come what may one should always be thankful to God for those experiences.”

Though never taking full credit for Dhawan’s success, the ‘Coolie No.1’ (1995) actor said that he believed they both contributed a lot to each others career. “It is not about credit or discredit. There is a fundamental system and one should not disrespect that. I brought 23 new directors in the industry and he is one of them. It’s not a pride issue, but I feel it is time which allows you to be successful. And I respect that factor the most.”

However, the ‘Dulhe Raja’ (1998) star is still willing to work with Dhawan, provided he is offered a film. Saying his family members really wish the duo would reunite for another film. “Everyone is in love with the kind of films we did together. My family tells me why are you hiding from yourself by not working with him. But I believe there is a right time to move ahead.”

For now the ‘Aa Gaya Hero’ (2017) will be back on the big screens with his new film ‘Fryday’ slated to release on the 3rd October.

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