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What's troubling Govinda?

Govinda is known to be emotional and hypersensitive. The actor is once again in the grip of the fear factor. Govinda gets threatening calls

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 19:43 IST

Govinda is in the news again, for another terror threat. The complaint this time is about intimidating calls, 'allegedly' from the under world.

The police is taking Govinda's claim seriously and investigating the matter, but there seems to be just something about Govinda. He attracts controversy in capital letters.

Ever since he entered the industry, right upto his prime and then his political career, the actor with a razor sharp wit and a connect with the masses has found himself to be a target in one way or another.

Almost from the first take-off in his career as an actor, Chi-Chi was singled out as Hero No 1 for not turning up at shoots and functions. All stars have their quirks and tantrums, so for Govinda to stand out for "irresponsible" behaviour means it had to be extreme and consistent. As a producer, his blind backing of family enterprises against sane counsel despite repeated flops (from Hatya  in 1988 to Ssukh  in 2005) funded by his hard-earned money, has earned him a reputation for being guided by his heart instead of head.

Govinda is known to be emotional and hypersensitive. The actor is once again in the grip of the fear factor.

However, in the past few years, the actor's irresponsibile and emotional tag has given way to that of increased hypersensitivity. Industry insiders say that the actor does not have faith in the people around him and confines himself to a closely-knit family shell.

It is believed that the actor's decreasing threshold levels of trust and increasing vulnerability heightened after his mother's death in end-1998, whom Govinda idiolised (no matter what time he gets up, he is believed to do an elaborate puja  and also worship a portrait of his mother, who he believed to rightfully predict his future).

Post-April 1998, when Govinda first complained of underworld threats then believed to be from members of the Chhota Rajan gang and was provided security cover, the actor's paranoia reached such high proportions that he once held up an entire shooting schedule to ransom. The reason? He suspected a corpulent kid on the set of actually hiding a bomb within him.

More recently, there was the incident with a television reporter when Govinda, after giving an interview, forcibly took away the tapes from the interviewer because he believed that she had come to snoop around. His suspicions were aroused because she took stills of his house.

"Govinda's extremities are well known," says Ashwin Varde, executive editor, Stardust. "For instance, if he is told that a period or location isn't good for him, he will take it really far by suspecting everything around him and at times behaving irrationally to the point of holding everything to ransom."

The tendency to distrust was to appear also in Govinda's political career. After his then political advisor, Shashi Prabhu, left him last year because of differences, Govinda replaced him by his politically inexperienced producer-director brother Kirti Ahuja, justifying the decision by saying he couldn't "entrust the management of his office to anyone as he was afraid somebody would misuse his office in his absence."

Now comes news of the threats, with Govinda saying they are the result of a conspiracy by people who are 'jealous' of his comeback to films (he has a few releases with big banners and top directors lined up, starting with Nikhil Advani's Salam-e-Ishq).