Once considered the Midas-pair, Govinda and David Dhawan don’t see eye-to-eye any more, and caught in the cross-fire is the young Varun Dhawan (son of David Dhawan).
Govinda, who is desperately trying to resurrect his career has a big grouse against his former bestie, filmmaker David Dhawan. Govinda feels (he even mentioned in an interview) that David Dhawan turned his back on him, when his chips were down.
While David avoids any such questions, its his son Varun who’s left to answer such awkward question on David & Govinda’s equation.
But Varun seems to have learnt the art of diplomacy quite early in life (I guess that’s one of the skills he acquired while working as an Assistant Director).
Varun Dhawan says that he has grown up watching his father’s films, starring Govinda and Salman Khan, and says that he still holds the former star in high regard, despite his issues with daddy Dhawan. “It (his comments) doesn’t affect the fact that I like his work. I am a fanboy forever.”
David Dhawan and Govinda, Once the Midas Pair at the Box-Office, No Longer See Eye-to-Eye
They were once the Midas jodi (pair) at the box-office, everything they touched turned into gold. Some of Govinda’s best comedy films (Coolie No 1, Raja Babu, Bade Miyaan Chhote Miyaan, Hero No 1, and Partner) have been directed by David Dhawan. However, after giving so many hits together, its difficult to believe that Govinda an David Dhawan have not spoken to each other for years.
Things have turned so bad between David Dhawan and Govinda that they don’t even see eye-to-eye. Recently, when Govinda and his daughter Tina were headed to a Cafe in suburban Juhu for a photo shoot with a leading magazine, on seeing their manager, director David Dhawan (who was lunching with his wife Lali) hastily left the eatery.
So what made their friendship go sour?
When asked, Govinda said, “No, I don’t want to work with David as he didn’t stand by me during my bad phase. When a person thinks that you are not competent enough to do his film or work with him, one should not ask for work from that person.”
Well, perhaps Govinda doesn’t realize that David Dhawan is also a father and his children are now grown up. And like any other father, David wants to help his children in their career. And that is probably one reason why he is unable to offer something to Govinda.
“I think the love between us that has been there over the years should remain the same. We have not worked together for many years. I have nothing to do with his films nor do I discuss his films. Currently, he is a proud father; let him be happy,” said Govinda.
There’s another story that suggests why things have gone wrong between the two.
After having extensively spoken about modeling son Varun’s character Sinu on Govinda in Main Tera Hero, David Dhawan forgot to invite Govinda and his family to special screenings that was held.
A common friend of the filmmaker and actor candidly says: “Govinda was deeply upset. More so because the publicity campaign of the films was pegged around the fact that Varun’s character Sinu was a tribute to Govinda. But the actor was never invited to a screening of the film. Govinda had expressed his disappointment in earlier interviews but David never got around to talking to him.”
Actor Varun Dhawan (son of David Dhawan) shared an incident on a reality show, when Mr Dhawan was directing him in Main Tera Hero. After working with Govinda, his father would just not be satisfied with whatever he would deliver in the course of his shot and most of the times he would end up saying, ‘That’s not how Govinda would have done it’, read a statement.
“Govinda sir has spoilt my dad. As an actor, he has set such high standards that it is extremely difficult to reach up to that level. After having worked with him in numerous blockbusters, my dad kept expecting the same perfection and madness that Govinda ji used to bring to his performances and dance moves,” Varun further said.
Now this is something that we really wish had not happened. The audience would still love to watch the hit jodi come together and weave some magic on the screen. Whether it will happen soon, only time will tell!