Q. Govinda, whats your take on the bunch of news floating around you these days? A. I have been in politics for the past four and half years and since then a non-stop series of rumours have been floating in the market. They all are variety or rumors, which are being planted among the masses. I neither blame journalist or those from TV fraternity for all these because it's their duty to publish any news, which could either, be truth or just hearsay. I have been saying this repeatedly that they all are bogus news.
Govinda scoffs at a series of rumours doing rounds in the industry. Rajan Singh listens:
Govinda, whats your take on the bunch of news floating around you these days?
I have been in politics for the past four and half years and since then a non-stop series of rumours have been floating in the market. They all are variety or rumors, which are being planted among the masses. I neither blame journalist or those from TV fraternity for all these because its their duty to publish any news, which could either, be truth or just hearsay. I have been saying this repeatedly that they all are bogus news. It appears as if there is this whole bunch of rumors, which is behind me. It also appears that they are scared of me though I am such a sort of person they should not feel scared of me and thats only because I have never troubled them.
How true is the news that you slapped the director of your film Run Bhola Run?
Its not true. That person was present on the set, how do they know? These are all hearsay and people believe such things. I am really grateful and thankful to the press that they give me opportunity to speak my version. They have always given me opportunity to answer on such things. But I feel too much of such things are happening these days. Its evident that these days I have taken a backseat in politics. I am not moving ahead in political affairs but at the same time these people are also troubled of the fact that I am lagging behind. They only think that some windstorm will come and hit them with a terrifying speed.
Do you feel any machinery or agency is behind all these?
He is a powerful person. What he is? Where he is? How do we look about him? Sorry for using a derogatory language but its not my job, my only duty is to keep working. Till the time I remain famous I will always be ahead in life and till then such rumors about me will also be advertised at regular intervals. Its only that the intensity of such things is bit much in my case. They want to prove a point or two with me. In the beginning when I entered politics, people often misused my name. They started organizing programs in my name and then they used to call me and say that sir where are you or when would you be reaching the venue. Then I used to ask them that where have I to reach or had I made any such promise to be there? Then they used to say that thousand people have turned up. Then I used to retaliate by saying that have you got any consent letter from my side? Then people resorted to a different tactics to malign me, they started planting news about my family. They said that I am passing through a troubled family life phase. My point is that if I have all the capabilities to run a film or make career of others then why is it that I myself have to pass through a lean phase in my professional career. I myself have passed through a difficult phase. I had loans on me running into crores. On one side they are saying that I am giant personality who can destroy anyones career and at the same time you are also saying that leave him aside, he is a simpleton. Will somebody stand up and tell me who am I?
There was also this news that you were scared of assistant directors of your film and you were under the impression that they were people associated with the underworld?
Just think for a while, I am a politician and have acted in more than 140 films, is it possible that if there is someone whom I dont trust or have doubts, I myself will approach him and ask for his address? Is it logical or is it possible? Its same as that where a cat accepts defeat, a politician wins. I consider this film industry as my own family and they have always supported me. When nothing was going in my favor, this industry supported me and for this whatever thanks I give them will never ever be sufficient. Now amidst all these when a film has turned out to be good which actually marks my comeback then people come out with another agenda and idea to sabotage all my existing projects. For this they try plug in false news in newspaper that Govinda does not share a good rapport with such and such people. So all in all, such nuisance is being created so that if affects the fate of my film during either the publicity or the marketing stage of the film. I would like to appeal to all my producers and those working with me that they should try understand such things and maintain safe distance from such news about me. They should rather concentrate on their business. It happens in politics that people often try to displace you from your existing position. I am really peeved of that fact that such big news about me appeared in a newspaper of underworld threat to me and they did not even bother to try to get my reaction.
Whom do you blame for all these?
In first place I would blame my luck only. Chances are that it might be an exercise on their part. I am facing them and amidst all these I am also trying to look good (smiles). But I am not stopping amidst all these; I am not looking at hurdles. I am only concentrating at my goals right now because when a person marches ahead then others try bringing him or her down and it really irritates me.
But there were few people from the sets who themselves certified that you had actually slapped Neeraj.
Who told this to you? Did the producer inform you? At least someone should come out and say this that I slapped Neeraj. This is almost height of spreading rumors. If such a thing if at all had happened in first place, the shooting of that film would have surely stopped. If something of such proportion would have taken place inside the film they we could have easily covered it but it all took place in front of so many people as the news says. If someone is not coming in the front and saying this that the crow has taken your ears, till when will we run behind the crow. If there are crocodiles in the river, will that stop us from fishing? Majority does not certify truth. Truth comes out only at the opportune time. I believe in this that there are opposition to me even amidst majority but this could also happen because they consider me as something powerful. But the level of opposition reaches to such an extent that people in company start feeling the heat and gets suffocated.
What do you feel are the reason, which have made you the favorite among gossip mongers?
I dont want to dig history at this juncture because film fraternity also happens to be my family. If you were to observe this closely then you will find out that every year you will find few people who were behind such people. Every year they have passed through some difficult stages. But in my case, this increased a bit because coming from a village it proved to be a sort of irritation for them. I contracted my head and other organs like a tortoise when they started attacking me. Now despite pulling my legs and hands back the tirade continued. People often ask me that why is it happening to me only and my answer would be that I have displaced a very powerful person from his position. If you were to go back and think about the chain of news concerning me then you must have surely come across this news too that Govinda is a coward. If I am a coward then how come I am in politics? If I am a coward then how come I do my own stunts? If I am a coward, then how come I am still at my own position? Despite everything I have spent almost 25 years in the industry. A person does not survive for 25 years solely on the basis of misactivities. I am blessed and I have earned it. I am not that a simpleton as they think of me but at the same time I am also not that coward as they portray me.
Any plan of getting back at them with a vengeance?
Its not possible to take revenge, how will you take revenge? Few days back there was also this news that Govinda butchered a hen and then this news was also flashed that Govinda has Rahu kaal and then brought a black hen and butchered it. Then later on it was added that I had organized some havan puja so that means that I have become a pundit. Then it was the slapping incident. It was a bystander who was creating nuisance and I was the one who was caught and blamed for everything. There are many episodes, which are only trying to trouble me. It was also said that Govinda has problems in his family life - I am sorry there are no such problems. In politics, my own people are angry at me - I am again sorry that this a wrong piece of information. I guess I am the only MP who has been allowed by high command to go ahead with his usual work. I won the election solely on the basis that I had promised that I would work for the people. I have problems neither with my party workers nor with my people. I have problems with those who consider my presence as nuisance. I was vexed with all these earlier, then I fought with this but now I am really enjoying all these rumors. You take revenge from an individual, how can you take revenge from a group. Its basically the clash of opinion versus opinion. I have this strong conviction that an individual who takes to fight after losing, will never lose after fighting. Its only after deeper introspection that I put forward anything.
There is also news that you might contest the next LS elections from Lucknow?
There is no chance that I will move from here. A person does not become politician merely by attending marriage events, attending birthday parties or cutting cakes. If I were to become a minister do think I will be able to do Sarkaile khatiya in that case or do Aa ee oo oo, mera dil naa todon.
Did you actually approach Salman Khan for your daughters career?
Yes there was news that i had spoken to Salman about Narmada. Salman has done lots for me and Narmada fondly calls him as chachu. Its all baseless news that I had approached Salman for Narmadas film career. Salman, Sohail, Sunil, Akshay - everyone stood by me and the day God gives me chance, I will stand by them.
Any reaction on the Salman-SRK tussle?
I had said this umpteen times to the producer of the film so as not to title the film Run Bhola Run, now look we have to run behind in such a fashion. (He was not interested in talking about this issue. He chose to promote his film)
Do you regret joining politics?
I will put this as I entered politics only at the instructions of my seniors and I learned a lot. Whenever I encountered any sort of problem my seniors and press supported me. Some people made use of the press by feeding them with wrong information but press always gave me opportunity to answer those allegations. It was a difficult phase and I learned a lot. I did everything as per my seniors instruction.
Thanks a lot.