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Emily

Govinda was totally cute! He still is, too. I loved him in Salaam-e-Ishq. And I'd love a guide to his films, because the few I've watched on my own initiative were probably not the ones I should see if I wanted to actually keep liking him. :-D

katherine

Oh, I *adored* him in Salaam-e-Ishq.

I mean, I've always loved Amitabh Bachchan and SRK, but 80s Govinda was my first, actually crush. And Govinda and Neelam, so very, very, very cute.

I suspect, though, that he got the short end of the stick career-wise by peaking too soon. You know, while the costumes and choreography was still a bit painful, in movies where he was probably the best thing about the film.

I'm going to persist with his films, because I think that the more I plug at it, the more doors will actually open for me to find out more. I'm under no illusions, though -- many of these won't ever be counted amongst Bollywood's finest moments.

:-)

Beth

I have it on very good authority that there is an insane Govinda posse in the German-speaking world. I told my friend who writes the blog Antarra's Ramblings (http://www.antarrasramblings.blogspot.com/) about your site last week and she went "Oooooh!" - she likes Govinda a lot, though it's possible she's into his 80s films for the gently aging Shashi. :) Hey, whatever it takes.

I have what I like to call an "occasional investigation into the all-important question 'What is with Govinda?'" (seriously, searching that phrase on my site will pull up a few things), and I haven't gotten very far, but Salaam-e-Ishq is by FAR my favorite thing I've seen him do (and not just because I was dumped in a cruel way by an Indian guy and have revenge fantasies just like that, though in my head, the taxi driver is Shashi or Abhishek or possibly Akshaye Khanna...or Vinod Khanna...hmmm....ANYWAY). He's just so great in that role, and it seems like it suited him well too. I did watch Love 86 on a whim and was thoroughly impressed by his dancing and general 80s cuteness.

katherine

Yes, I've seen your thoughts on Govinda, Beth :-)

I read somewhere, and hope I've got this right, that Govinda originally didn't want to do the role in Salaam-e-Ishq, something about it being a little too close to the bone. Okay, now I'm going to have to go look that up to see if I remembered it correctly.

I've long had this suspicion that fluency in Hindi might be a key to really *getting* Govinda, and IIRC, you wondered the same thing, so I'm sure that must be a part of it. Sometimes I turn the subtitles off just so I can focus on his comic timing, which is impeccable.

Some days I wish someone other than David Dhawan would use it to advantage.

I also think that Govinda is much better as part of an ensemble cast, rather than cast as The Hero.

But -- I do think, too, that you either get Govinda or you don't, and I'm not sure why that is, though I think that's one of the questions I hope to answer when I finally get around to doing a series on his films.

Beth

It'll be like a mystery series: "The Govinda Files"! I wonder if people who grew up with Hindi films feel the "either you get him or you don't" dichotomy is relevant for them as well. I mean, I'm not sure if the Hollywood equivalent of Govinda (whoever the heck that would be...Martin Short? [and yes, I know he's Canadian]) would strike me as so polarizing.

katherine

"The Govinda Files" -- heh heh heh....

You raise another question I had, whether the "you get him/you don't" issue is connected to whether you grew up with the films or not.

The Martin Short analogy is interesting. I mean, I get that Martin Short is talented, but I often don't *get* him, and oddly, by the same token, I do see why people who don't *get* Govinda feel that way. Might be interesting to do a comparison.

More food for thought....

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