Govinda is a renowned and experienced actor in the Bollywood film industry. Known mainly for his romantic, comic and action roles in the early 19902, Govinda has today become one of the most renowned and popular celebrities with millions of passionate fans spread all over India and abroad as well.
In his long career as a film actor, Govinda has been nominated numerous times for awards, and has won several popular awards, thanks to his impressive acting skills.
Apart from being a popular actor, Govinda is also a former politician from Mumbai.
|Real Name||Govind Arun Ahuja|
|Nicknames||Chi Chi, Virar ka Chhokra, Govinda|
|Date of Birth||21st December 1963|
|Age (as in August 2018)||55 years|
|Place of Birth||Virar (Mumbai)|
|Education||Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Annasaheb Vartak College (Vasai, Mumbai)|
|Height||5 ft 7"
(171 cm) approximately
Family & Relationships
|Father||Arun Kumar Ahuja
|Net Worth||INR 177,00,00,000
(USD 25 Million)
|Famous for||Ilzaam (1986), Dadagiri, Khudgarz, Sindoor (1987), Shiva Shakti, Jeete Hain Shaan Se, Mera Imaan (1988), Farz Ki Jung, Paap Ka Anth (1989), Swarg (1990), Hum (1991), Shola Aur Shabnam, Baaz (1992), Aankhein, Muqabla (1993), Raja Babu, Dulara, Khuddar, Aag (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Hero No. 1, Banarsi Babu, Do Aankhein Barah Haath (1997), Aunty No. 1, Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan, Dulheraja (1998), Haseena Maan Jaegi (1998), Haseena Maan Jaegi (1999) Hadh Kar Di Aapne, Joru Ka Ghulam (2000), Jodi No. 1, Kyunki.. Main Jhooth Nahi Bolta, Aamdani Athanni Kharcha Rupaiya (2001), Bhagan Bhag (2006), Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love, Partner, Om Shanti Om (2007), Life Partner (2009), Holiday, Kill Dil (2014), Aa Gaya Hero (2017)|
|First Movie||ACTOR -
Likes & Dislikes
|Favorite Food||Bhindi, Moong dal and Khichdi|
|Favorite Actors||Salman Khan|
|Favorite Actresses||Priyanka Chopra|
|Hobbies||Acting and dancing|
Govinda is highly popular amongst the masses and his hardcore fans can be found in the deeper reaches of India. After being recognized for his impressive and virile dancing skills, Govinda also proved himself to be a talented movie actor as well. Till date, Govinda has worked in over 150 movies, as an actor in a career spanning over 30 years in the Indian Hindi film industry.
Govinda’s real name is Govind Arun Ahuja, but he prefers to go by his stage name, Govinda. Govinda is also called ‘Chi Chi’ lovingly by friends, family and the media and fans too. Govinda’s age is 55 years as Govinda’s date of birth is 21st of December, 1963. Govinda was born in Virar, then a far northern suburb of Mumbai. Govinda’s father was the late actor Arun Kumar Ahuja while Govinda’s mother is Nirmala Ahuja.
Prior to getting married, Govinda’s girlfriends included popular Bollywood actresses, Neelam Kothari and Rani Mukherjee. Today, Govinda’s wife is Sunita Ahuja, whom he is married to since March, 1987. Govinda and his wife, Sunita Ahuja, have two lovely children, son Yashvardhan Ahuja, and daughter, Tina Ahuja, an actress.
Govinda’s height is around 5 ft 7 inches (171 cm) while Govinda’s weight is around 85 kg (187 lbs). In his spare time, Govinda’s hobbies include acting and dancing. Thanks to his long list of movies which include numerous commercial hits, Govinda’s salary per film today is around INR 4 to 5 crores (USD 660,000), which makes Govinda’s annual income around INR 21 crores (USD 3 Million). Govinda’s net worth in 2018 is estimated to be around INR 177 crores (USD 25 Million).
In his 30 + years long career in the Bollywood film industry, Govinda has starred in some of the most successful commercial and critics’ hits. For this, Govinda has received numerous award nominations and he has successfully won many prestigious movie awards for his entertaining acting skills.
The list of Govinda’s awards include the Filmfare Special Award for ‘Saajan Chale Sasural’ (1997) and the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for ‘Haseena Maan Jaegi’ (2000). Govinda has also won the Star Screen Awards’ Special Jury Award for his role in ‘Coolie No. 1’ (1995).
Govinda is also the winner of the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic role for ‘Dulhe Raja’ (1998), the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for ‘Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan’ (1999), the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for ‘Haseena Maan Jaegi’ (2000) and the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for ‘Partner’ (2008).
Govinda won the Special Videocon Screen Award from Jury for his impressive role in ‘Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan’ (1998). Govinda has also won the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Best Comedian Award for ‘Jodi No. 1’ (2002), the IIFA Best Comedian Award for ‘Partner’ (2008).
Apart from these, Govinda is also the winner of the Star Gold Awards’ Excellent Comic Actor award as well as the MTV Lycra Style Awards’ Most Stylish Comeback Award, for his role in ‘Partner’ (2007).
Later on, Govinda went on to share the Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards’ NDTV Imagine Best Jodi of the Year award for his movie ‘Partner’ (2007), with Salman Khan.
Recently, Govinda won the Stardust Award for Best Actor twice, once for his role in ‘Happy Ending’ as well as for ‘Kill Dil’ (2015).
Apart from wining these prestigious awards, Govinda has also been nominated numerous times for his impressive roles.
The list of Govinda’s award nominations include the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘Aankhein’ (1994), the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for ‘Coolie No. 1’ (1996), the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for ‘Saajan Chale Sasural’ (1997), the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for ‘Deewana Mastana’ (1998), the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for ”Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan’ (1999), the Filmfare Award for Best Villain for his impressive negative role in ‘Shikari’ (2001), and also for 4 (four) Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role awards, for ‘Kunwara’ (2001), ‘Jodi No. 1’ (2002), ‘Kyo Kii.. Main Jhuth Nahi Bolta’ (2002) and for ‘Ankhiyon Se Goli Maare’ (2003).
Govinda was also nominated for the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for ‘Shikari’ (2001), as well as the IIFA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘Partner’ (2008) and the IIFA Best Comedian Award for ‘Life Partner’ (2010).
Interesting Facts About Govinda
- Govinda is a smoker and also known to have alcohol.
- Govinda was born as the youngest amongst 6 siblings and was raised in Virar.
- Govinda had a passion for watching movies and would collect money to just go watch a movie as a kid.
- Govinda’s nickname, ‘Chi Chi’ actually means ‘little finger’ in Punjabi, which was spoken at his home.
- Govinda’s mother was against him entering Bollywood, due to the bad experiences of his father, Arun Ahuja, however, Govinda started going for auditions without informing at home.
- Govinda won over thousands of fans with his slick dance moves in his debut movie ‘Ilzaam’ popular song “I Am A Street Dancer”, which was copied till years after.
- Govinda has trained to become a qualified Indian classical dancer.
- Govinda’s on-screen comic chemistry with veteran actor Kader Khan is legendary, and they starred in numerous super hit comedy movies together in the 1990s and 2000s.
- Govinda entered into politics in 2004, won the elections to become the 7th Member of Parliament from the Congress Party, and later quit in 2008, to focus more on his acting career.
- Apart from being an impressive actor and dancer, Govinda is also a playback singer as well.