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abJeena Sirf Merre Liye is about childhood friends Karan (Tusshar Kapoor) and Pinky (Puja) (Kareena Kapoor). Pinky and her father come to a hill station every year during Pinky’s school break. Pinky looks forward to coming here for one reason: Karan. They get separated after Puja’s father (Vijayendra Ghatge), a tycoon, goes back to the city. Karan gets adopted by a man also from the city. Puja’s father sends her to his brother’s house out of the country. Time passes and the two live with each other’s memories. They try to find each other but are unable to.[1]

Puja hears her watch (one she gave Karan before they parted) in many places but is unable to realize that Karan is the one. She writes out her childhood story to find Karan and comes across Seema (Mallika Sherawat). Seema has come across Karan and believes him to be her boyfriend. Puja later realizes that Karan is her childhood love, as does Seema. Seema goes to tell Karan. As he’s going to find Puja he gets a call from his dad that his sister’s wedding has been canceled. The reason was Puja’s father; he didn’t approve of Puja and Karan. Puja finds out about this and marries Karan in front of her father. He shoots Karan who survives. In the end they live happily ever after.[2]

Govinda (born Govind Arun Ahuja) is an Indian film actor, known for his works in Bollywood. A former politician, Govinda has received twelve Filmfare Awards nominations, and has won a Filmfare Special Award and a Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. He has also garnered four Zee Cine Awards. Making his debut in Ilzaam in 1986, he has appeared in over 165 Hindi films.[2] In June 1999, Govinda was voted as the tenth greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users.[3]

His earlier films in the 1980s were in a variety of genres such as family drama, action and romance. In the 1990s, he gained recognition as a comic actor after playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the romantic movie Shola Aur Shabnam (1992) opposite the late Divya Bharti. He played leading roles in several commercially successful comedy films in the 1990s such as Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Hero No. 1 (1997) and Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999). He received the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Haseena Maan Jayegi and Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural. He has successfully played dual roles in several movies like Jaan Se Pyaara (1992), Aankhen (1993), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) and Anari No.1 (1999).[4] Apart from double roles, he has also successfully played six roles of his own family in Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000), one being Raju and others being Raju’s mom, Raju’s dad, Raju’s sister, Raju’s Grandmother and Raju’s Grandfather.[5]

Govinda is nicknamed as ‘No. 1’ because of the series of films he has done ending with “No. 1” tag like Coolie No. 1, Hero No. 1, Aunty No. 1, Anari No.1, Beti No. 1 and Jodi No.1, popularly known as No. 1 (film series). Govinda is the only actor after Akshay Kumar in Bollywood who has done series of films with a specific title, Akshay Kumar has done 8 films of Khiladi (film series) while Govinda has done 6 films of No. 1 (film series).[6]

After a period of box office flops in the 2000s, his recent commercial successes have been Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007), Life Partner (2009) and Raavan (2010) and thus far he has established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema.

In 2013, he released his music album Gori Tere Naina. He also appeared on the popular Colors T.V. show Comedy Nights with Kapil for his album’s promotion.

In addition to film acting, he was a member of the Indian National Congress Party. He was elected as the seventh Member of Parliament for the Mumbai North Constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004,[7] after defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the 2009 General Elections, he opted out of politics to concentrate more on films. His constituency was succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam (also from Congress).

He studied at Annasaheb Vartak College in Vasai, Maharashtra. He graduated in commerce. His father suggested films as he himself was associated with films. Around this time, Govinda saw the film Disco Dancer and dance became his obsession. He practiced for hours and circulated a promo of himself on a VHS cassette. Soon a fertilizer commercial came his way, followed by an Allwyn ad, finally his very first leading role in Tan-Badan, which was to be directed by his uncle Anand. He started shooting for his next film Love 86 in June 1985. By mid-July, he had signed 40 others.[9][10]

His first released film was Ilzaam (1986), a box office success and the fifth biggest hit of 1986. The film song “street dancer” having a break dance became a breakthrough in his career and established him as a dancing star. He acted in a string of movies after that with mixed success. Most of the films he appeared in during the 1980s were in the action, romance or family drama genres. He was often paired opposite actress Neelam and together they appeared in several hit films such as Love 86 (1986), Khudgarz (1987) and his brother Kirti Kumar’s directorial, Hatya (1988). He had success with family drama films such as Dariya Dil (1988), Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) and Hum (1991) as well as action films such as Marte Dam Tak (1987) and Jung Baaz (1989). He worked with David Dhawan for the first time in the 1989 action film Taaqatwar. He also worked with Rajnikant and Sridevi in the hit film that year titled, Ghair Khanooni.

1990-1999: Critical and commercial success[edit]
Main article: No. 1 (film series)

(l-r) Anil Kapoor,Govinda and Govinda’s wife at green carpet of IIFA 2014
Govinda appeared in several critically and commercially successful films in the 1990s and he was one of biggest superstars of the era. In 1990 he became a part of cult classic film Awaargi. The movie had Anil Kapoor, Govinda and Meenakshi Sheshadri in lead roles. Others films like Swarg and Maha Sangram also did well. In 1992, he was seen in the critically acclaimed film, Zulm Ki Hukumat, an Indian remake of The Godfather where his performance was immensely appreciated. In 1992 his another film was Shola Aur Shabnam directed by David Dhawan which was super hit at the boxoffice. After that they together did Aankhen. Aankhen became the highest grossing film of the year and one of biggest all-time blockbusters ever. He then formed a successful collaboration with David Dhawan and went onto act in 17 movies directed by him most of which were comedy films and were successful. The successful films made by their collaboration are Taaqatwar (1989), Swarg (1990), Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Banarasi Babu (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Hero No. 1 (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), and Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999). Aankhen became the highest grossing film of 1993. He also sang for himself in some of his movies like “Meri Pant Bhi Sexy” from Dulaara and “Gori Gori” from Shola Aur Shabnam. Dhawan and other directors frequently cast him opposite actresses such as Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Raveena Tandon during the 1990s.

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