Actor Govinda, who has made a comeback following several ups and downs in life, says he's "finally at peace". He has cleared off most of his debts, got a second lease of life in Bollywood and has just begun to "understand politics" though he is an MP.
The actor, who's been in the film industry for nearly two decades, says he feels nervous and excited about movies even now and is still learning new aspects of the trade.
The actor is currently working on Ravi Chopra's Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai and Neeraj Vora's Do Lucky with Tusshar Kapoor.
Apparently you've gone back to your 'three shifts a day' routine.
The news about me doing six films is completely false. I'm doing only two films at a time. The other projects are only under consideration.
Your comeback is remarkable.
I don't want to lose this second opportunity that God has given me. I want to take my work further. There's no alternative to hard work. Earlier, my experience was limited, and so was the learning process because I was constantly running from one set to another.
<b1>I think I've just begun my career now. I feel I'm in Standard 1 in school. I'm feeling nervous and excited. But also tired. I'm learning, understanding and I'm trying to manage in my own way.
Would you say comedy still remains your forte, considering the success of Partner?
If you've been associated and successful with a particular kind of acting for so many years, then it's wise to continue in the same direction. I've a track record of successful comedy films spread over more than a decade. Today I'm being offered romantic comedies. My recent releases like Salaam-e-Ishq and Partner combined comedy with romance.
So you're basically going down your familiar route?
With one big difference. Today I can't be taken for granted by people who want to make films with me. For too long I've been taken for granted. Today I insist on working only with big banners who will ensure that a film gets released properly and on time. Ravi Chopra's Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai is one such project. Then I've a film with Neeraj Vora called Do Lucky with Tusshar Kapoor.
You seem to be in a very comfortable situation in life?
Yes, I can't deny that. I've cleared almost all my debts. My career has also been returned to me a second time. Then there're my political activities. After a long time I'm at peace.
Your career has been low on quality?
I made a determined effort to be disciplined about my career. I've changed my viewpoint. I'm less emotional and more practical now. By next year I hope to strengthen my position personally and professionally.