Govinda, born as Govind Arun Ahuja on December 21, 1963, is a legendary Indian actor, comedian, and former politician who has left an indelible mark on Bollywood with his unique style and versatile performances. He was born in Mumbai, India, to actor Arun Kumar Ahuja and singer-actress Nirmala Devi.

Govinda made his acting debut in the 1986 film “Ilzaam,” directed by Shibu Mitra. However, it was his collaboration with director David Dhawan that catapulted him to stardom. The duo worked together on numerous successful comedy films throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, creating a string of box office hits. Some of their notable collaborations include “Swarg” (1990), “Shola Aur Shabnam” (1992), “Aankhen” (1993), “Coolie No. 1” (1995), “Hero No. 1” (1997), and “Haseena Maan Jaayegi” (1999). These films showcased Govinda’s impeccable comic timing, dance skills, and ability to entertain audiences.

Govinda’s on-screen persona, characterized by his energetic dance moves, witty dialogue delivery, and effortless charm, endeared him to audiences across India. He became known as the “King of Comedy” and one of the most bankable stars of his time.

In addition to comedy, Govinda also showcased his acting prowess in various other genres, including drama and action. He received critical acclaim for his performances in films like “Sajan Chale Sasural” (1996), “Bade Miyan Chote Miyan” (1998), and “Jodi No. 1” (2001).

Apart from his successful film career, Govinda also ventured into politics. He joined the Indian National Congress party and was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Mumbai North constituency in the 2004 Indian general elections. However, he later resigned from politics to focus on his acting career.

Despite facing ups and downs in his personal and professional life, Govinda remains an iconic figure in Indian cinema, revered for his contributions to Bollywood and his ability to entertain generations of moviegoers. He continues to be remembered as one of the most beloved and talented actors in the history of Indian cinema.

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