Back in the ’90s, Govinda was nothing short of a superstar. However, after a string of flops in the 2000s, he fell off the map. Amid several forgettable appearances, he had one major film to his credit: Partner (2007), with Salman Khan. Since then, he has had 11 releases. But barring Life Partner (2010) and some critical acclaim as a forest department official in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan (2010), there’s been little worth writing about.
Now, with the actor desperately in need of a good project, the man coming to his rescue again seems to be Salman. On April 10, the two were spotted at the screening of director Mahesh Manjrekar’s new Marathi film, Aajcha Divas Majha, at Ketnav Theatre in Bandra. It made us curious. And on looking into it, we found out that Salman has apparently agreed to star in and produce a film with Govinda. "Salman is eager to take his production house forward after Chillar Party (2011). Mahesh has discussed a project with Salman and Govinda," says an insider.
A couple of years ago, Mahesh had announced the Hindi remake of his Marathi directorial venture, Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho (2010). He had apparently offered Govinda the lead role then, with Salman Khan Being Human Productions Productions (SKBH) on board. Govinda is believed to have turned down the offer as he did not like the concept.
However, the new film being talked about now seems to be a different one. "It isn’t Shikshanachya… It’s another film, which has appealed to both the actors," the source adds.
When contacted, Govinda says, "Yes, Salman, Mahesh and I have had meetings to discuss a project, which is in the pipeline. As and when it works out, it will be announced. I want to make a proper comeback, and need a good platform."
Currently, the only project Govinda is working on is a remake of Avtaar (1983 Rajesh Khanna-starrer), helmed by Pahlaj Nihalani, who directed the original.