’ is a very familiar name for most of us. The actor has been present in the industry for a long time and although it has been quite a while, there was a time when the actor ruled the industry like the Khans rule it today. He has appeared in more than 140 films till date and continues to receive offers. He was always known more for his comic roles, but his roles as a romantic actor, a serious actor and in the drama films he had done are equally loved.
Today we’ll discuss 20 of his best films so far.
1. Tohfa Mohabbat Ka
The film managed to do exceptionally well, especially for Govinda, whose role in the action thriller film like Tohfa Mohabbat Ka was also appreciated by not just the audience, but also critics, who appreciated the romantic avatar of the actor. Released in the year 1988, the film managed to do great things for Govinda’s career.
2. Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni
Directed by Vimal Kumar, this film was a true classic, and still remains so. Despite being so old, the film still manages to be one of his best, as it was appreciated by the critics for the well thought of plot and the actor’s passion towards their job. The film also starred Govinda opposite
, who had become a sure shot hit couple back then.
The film starred
along with Govinda among other stars. But the chemistry between the two actors and the love between their characters made the movie a blockbuster, which it remains to be hit even today. An old classic, the film talked about a faithful servant who turns his life around, worked hard and earns money just so he can take revenge from his master’s enemies and pay back his debt.
In the year 1991 when Hum was released, it managed to acquire the position of the second highest earning film of the year. It was a multi-starrer film where a lot of significant actors were playing several roles, including , who played the protagonist, and Govinda, who played his younger brother. The plot also garnered appreciation from critics and audience alike.
5. Shola Aur Shabnam
The film was a romantic drama that released in the year 1992, when it snatched the third spot when it comes to highest earning films of the year. The protagonist of the film was Govinda and the songs, the film, the actors’ performances and the effort out into mankind the film was highly appreciated by the critics.
The film established Govinda as the funniest Bollywood actor. He was not just a great dancer, but also a very funny man and he knew to act too. When it released in 1993, it managed to make a good amount of money at the box office, it presented Govinda as a comic actor and a drama actor, putting forth his versatility.
The film was released in 1994 and was more of serious, drama film. ‘Thangachi’ was a Tamil film on which this film was based. Govinda plays a young child who is orphaned at a young age. When he grows up, he falls in love with a woman, but faces severe consequences because a police-man is also in love with the same man. The audience loved it and it managed to earn plenty of money.
8. Coolie No. 1
Another one of Govinda’s cult classic comedies, Govinda profited heavily from the success of this film. He rose to even more status in Bollywood, and to his fans, he became flawless. His pairing with
too became the talk of the town and everyone wanted to cast the two together. Among many other awards and nominations, Govinda won the Star Screen performer of the decade trophy for this film.
9. Saajan Chale Sasural
The movie is exactly 20 years old and was made in the year 1996. Govinda plays the role of a simple man from the village, except that he is married to two women. He thus lives a double life, while pursuing his love for music. The comedy film even won him a specially mentioned award in the year.
10. Hero No. 1
This one was another super hit comedy that starred Govinda and Karisma as the lead pair. The film was more of a comic drama, and dealt with Govinda playing the role of a wealthy boy who falls in love with a girl and wants to marry her. He does not share very good relations with his father. The cast garnered a lot of appreciation for their roles.
11. Deewana Mastana
Released in 1997, the film was another one of Govinda’s great comedy films. The film was less of a drama and more of a romance. With Govinda, the movie also starred
. Govinda’s role is that of a young man with a rich father and a whole lot of problems. The movie also has quite a stellar end, along with a twist.
The film was another one of the films that made Govinda the star of romantic comedies with just a tinge of drama. Govinda’s character finds himself in a fix when a 5 star hotel owner starts to see him as a competition. His daughter and Govinda then fall in love. What ensues are trouble and hilarity. In fact, one particular interaction between Govinda and
is considered to be the funniest in the history of Indian television.
13. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
Today, something like ‘Humshakals’ in bound to sulk. However, back in the day, something like this was made, where Amitabh and Govinda were a pair of friends, and there was another pair of friends with the same faces as them. Both the actors were big stars, the story had been dealt with tactfully according to the time, so what we had was a perfect, critically acclaimed Bollywood blockbuster.
14. Jodi No. 1
This film earned the fifth most amount of money in the year 2001, and starred
and Govinda in lead roles. This was one of those films, where both characters were leads, none superior or inferior to the other. The audience loved the pair, so the box office declared it to be a hit, just like the critics.
15. Kyo Kii.. Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta
This was the kind of film that rests entirely on one character. Govinda plays a man who lies about everything possible as he is a compulsive liar, so nothing he says is the truth. The plot, because it was so different, garnered a lot of praise and the other actors, even though role was not as prominent as Govinda’s, gave their all to the film.
16. Akhiyon Se Goli Maare
The film had released in the year 2002, and had made sure to extend Govinda’s rule over the film industry for a few more years. Govinda appeared in the lead role in the film, who is a man hopelessly in love. So much so, that he goes to the extent of changing his appearance and mannerisms in order to impress the father of the girl he is in love with. The cast’s performance too impressed the audience along with the storyline.
17. Raja Bhaiya
Released in the year 2003, this film was also comedy and played a big role in establishing Govinda predominantly as a comic actor in the Indian film industry. Critics went on for quite a while praising this film that set huge standards not just for the film industry, but for Govinda himself. His fans were left in awe of him and they too loved his performance.
This one is a more recent film, released during the phase of his comeback. He starred alongside
in the lead role in this film, which was directed by
. In the film, Govinda plays a simpleton who falls in love with his boss but cannot express it. So, he takes the help of love guru, which is played by Salman Khan, to woo her. The film went on to do great things, and Govinda won several awards for the film, including the Filmfare award for best comedian.
This is one of the rare films where Govinda played the villain. Even though critics gave mixed reviews for the film, Govinda’s performance was acclaimed and called a show-stealer. The film was a hit at the box office too and managed to do a lot to boost his career. It was drama film with lots of romance and comedy.
The film released in the year 2014 and saw Govinda back in his original form. The film was a romantic comedy, where Govinda played the male lead. His role was that of a big Bollywood celebrity in the film industry and was received well by the audience. It was declared a box office hit, like most of his other movies.