By Manissha Despaande, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Govinda has rejected rumours that he is making a deliberate attempt to come out of the comedy mould by taking up serious roles.
"It is a misconception fuelled by reports in certain sections of the media. Comedy has always been my forte and will continue to be one," he said.
He has also denied having signed award-winning director Ujwal Chatterjee's "Rangmanch" where he is expected to play a mime artiste, reports Bollywood Trade.
"I am still deliberating on the script of the film after which I will take a decision. Some overzealous media people went and wrote that I have already signed the film."
"It is like killing the curiosity for the film even before it is out. I have come to believe that it is very important to keep the surprise element in the character you are playing till the release of the film."
The actor says he has become particular about choosing his roles.
"I am signing only those films that excite me in terms of acting. If people think that I am in a mad hurry to sign films, that's not true. I have three very good films under production and all of them have very challenging roles for me."
He is working in Nikhil Advani's "Salaam-E-Ishq" where he has been paired with South African model-turned-actress Sharon Asra. His other projects are Priyadarshan's film in which he teams up with Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan's home production "Partner" being directed by David Dhawan.
"The unique combinations and storylines of these films make them very interesting projects. Besides, the directors are the best names to work with. Nikhil is a fantastic director and 'Salaam-E-Ishq' will be something to watch out for in terms of human emotions.
"Priyadarshan is a genius in his own right and I am looking forward to working with him. As for David, it's a great feeling working with him again after all this time. He has an inherent penchant for comedy," says Govinda.
After completing these films, the actor will start shooting for Aparna Sen's "Jewellery Box" in October. The film will see him playing a laidback zamindar.
After the failure of his home production "Sukkh", the actor-politician has decided not to produce films.
"There is no question of producing a film at all after the huge losses that I incurred after my last production 'Sukkh'. I am not in a financial position to risk production for at least the next few years."