Photo of Govinda Govinda

Named for a Hindu deity, Govinda was born Govind Arun Ahuja on Dec. 21, 1958, in Punjab, India, but has spent much of his life in Mumbai. He debuted as a dancer in Tan Badan (1986) and eventually became a bona fide actor in the thriller Hatya (1988).

But Govinda's star didn't truly shine until he teamed with director David Dhawan for a string of successful films. Among their box-office hits are Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Hero No. 1 (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) and Haseena Maan Jayegi (1999).

Generally considered Bollywood's top comedic actor, Govinda has continued working steadily in the new millennium, appearing most notably in Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya (2001), Akhiyon Se Goli Maare (2002) and Sandwich (2006).

Govinda in Om Shanti Om

Om Shanti Om

2007 NR

In the 1970s, small-time actor Om (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with superstar Shanti (Deepika Padukone), but the two of them are later killed in a suspicious on-set fire. When he's reincarnated 30 years later, Om is determined to punish the person who ignited the blaze. In his former life, he swears he saw Shanti's secret husband (Arjun Rampal) set fire to the set … which means his only chance to expose the truth is to have the movie remade.

  • Govinda in Salaam-E-Ishq Salaam-E-Ishq
  • Govinda in Sindoor Sindoor
  • Govinda in Marte Dam Tak Marte Dam Tak
  • Govinda in Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani
  • Govinda in Paap Ko Jalaakar Raakh Kar Doonga Paap Ko Jalaakar Raakh Kar Doonga
  • Govinda in Farz Ki Jung Farz Ki Jung
  • Govinda in Gharana Gharana
  • Govinda in Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni
  • Govinda in Awaargi Awaargi
  • Govinda in Bhabhi Bhabhi
  • Govinda in Kaun Kare Kurbani Kaun Kare Kurbani
  • Govinda in Aadmi Khilona Hai Aadmi Khilona Hai
  • Govinda in Ekka Raja Rani Ekka Raja Rani
  • Govinda in Dulaara Dulaara
  • Govinda in Saajan Chale Sasural Saajan Chale Sasural
  • Govinda in Deewana Mastana Deewana Mastana
  • Govinda in Dulhe Raja Dulhe Raja
  • Govinda in Naseeb Naseeb
  • Govinda in Haseena Maan Jaayegi Haseena Maan Jaayegi
  • Govinda in Rajaji Rajaji
  • Govinda in Anari: No. 1 Anari: No. 1
  • Govinda in Jodi No. 1 Jodi No. 1
  • Govinda in Raja Bhaiya Raja Bhaiya
  • Govinda in Sandwich Sandwich
  • Govinda in Partner Partner
  • Govinda in Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Money Hai Toh Honey Hai
  • Govinda in Chal Chala Chal Chal Chala Chal
  • Govinda in Life Partner Life Partner
  • Govinda in Do Knot Disturb Do Knot Disturb