By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, (IANS) If there is a prize for the most self-destructive star in Bollywood it would have to go to Govinda.
While his newly acquired career in politics has hardly brought him glory, his true vocation too cries for serious and immediate rejuvenation.
Can this immensely gifted actor overcome the suicidal mood that seems to have overtaken his professional exigencies?
Last year, Govinda returned after a long hiatus with the soggy family saga "Sukh". Govinda's incompetent director-brother Kirti Ahuja, whom we would recall as the guy who put his star-brother in the red with the self-styled magnum opus "Radha Ka Sangam" a decade ago, directed the film.
But Govinda doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes - at least not when it comes to his family. His nephew Dumpy directs his new production "Jahan Jaiyega Humein Paiyega" featuring the star with Telugu and Kannada films' actress Sakshi.
Yes, that is the director's name. And he is just 19. Now do we know why Govinda's career is down-in-the-dump(y)s? Apparently, Govinda supervised most proceedings on the sets. But what does it say about his misplaced faith in his kith and kin?
Some time ago, Govinda agreed to make an appearance in a South Indian monstrosity "Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya" only because his nephew Vinay Anand starred in it.
Not surprisingly "Jahan Jaiyega..." remains unsold in almost all territories. As far as distributors are concerned, Govinda's career is over.
"Not so fast," says Govinda's leading lady Sakshi in "Jahan Jaiyega...".
"I think he has a long way to go. He is amazingly good. And he has lost loads of weight and is looking as good as before."
Old Govinda loyalist, director David Dhawan, also feels his film "Partner" can bring about a miraculous makeover in his career.
"You mark my word. Govinda has a long, long way to go. My film 'Partner' with him and Salman (Khan) will bring Govinda back in a big way," he says.
Nikhil Advani, who has just directed Govinda in "Salaam-e-Ishq", can't stop raving about the much-maligned actor. Maybe there is some real 'sukh' around the corner for Govinda.