Mumbai: Govinda may have been away from the limelight for a little too long but he has not buried the actor in him yet. The larger-than-life persona, the glitz and glamour of the industry, the aura that surrounds a star - all of it will again belong to him like it once had.
The hilarious superstar, who had lost his glow pursuing the dreams he had never seen in the first place, hopes on returning to silver screen and reaffirm his spot as a superstar.
“One day I told her I needed to restart my career again and I needed her support. I pointed out that all the other heroes have launched home productions so they can do the kind of work they want to and pleaded with her to give me a chance too.
She was apprehensive, asking who'd support me and write scripts for me. I promised her that I'd work hard and with God's support, I'd be fine. I've cut ribbons to finance my production, written the songs myself and even supervised the action. I'm confident I still have it in me to entertain people,” Govinda told a daily.
A self-proclaimed commercial entertainer, Govinda takes pride in the fact that younger boys like Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan seek inspiration from him but also rues having gone missing for all these years.
“It makes me happy. People are constantly talking about me, copying some of my mannerisms, you can see flashes of Govinda everywhere while the original has gone missing. It's time to bring him to the forefront again,” laments the comic actor.
While he has faced his share of financial crunch, the actor could not bring him to sign films offered by good friend Salman Khan just because the pay cheque was handsome. “Salman is like a brother but one of the subjects was slightly arty, our understanding and interpretation of the script was different. He brought a huge signing amount but I wasn't comfortable taking it because I was not convinced about the project. I needed the money but my heart wouldn't allow me to take it. I told the director Mahesh Manjrekar that offbeat cinema is for an actor with a terrific and deep understanding of the medium,” explains Govinda.
Well-aware of the ways of this bizarre industry and the eccentric personas that constitute it, the actor asserts that ‘there are no permanent friends here’. But Govinda is not the one to turn his back on people who had showered love on him. He just wouldn’t beg for something he doesn’t deserve, he would rather earn it.
“There are no permanent friends here. And while I'm craving, I'm not crying, while I'm wanting, I'm not dying, while I'm expecting, I don't expect anyone to just support me unless they truly believe in me. Right now I'm the one who believes in me. My good times were the result of several people's prayers and wishes. You need to thank the Universe when things are good and stand your ground when things are not. It's a karmic cycle,” concludes the aspiring superstar.