When you talk about comedy films, and that too in the last couple of decades, once hero that you cannot miss is Govinda — the Hero no 1. Govinda is indeed Bollywood’s funny man, and has build a huge fan base with his natural affinity for comic roles.
He may have been out of action in the last few years (say distracted by Politics) but there’s no denying that some of the best comedy movies in Bollywood features Govinda. Last seen in the movie ‘Naughty @ 40’ (2011), Govinda will now be seen in a couple of new Bollywood films – Kill Dill (where he plays a negative character) and Happy Ending, where he does a comic role.
Coming back to Govinda’s best comedy films…when you talk about Govinda, the things that come to the mind are — words such as ‘No.1’ & Raja, actors Kader Khan & Karishma Kapoor, and director David Dhawan.
- Most super-hit films of Govinda end with the word ‘No. 1’ (next comes ‘Raja’)
- Govinda’s most memorable performances have been with Kader Khan
- Karishma Kapoor was the leading lady in most of Govinda’s films
- Last but not the least, most of his films have been directed by David Dhawan
So here’s the list of Govinda’s 10 funniest films:
Govinda’s first hit comedy film, Aankhen was directed by David Dhawan and stars Govinda in a dual role, ably supported by Chunkey Pandey, Kader Khan, Sadashiv Amraopurkar, and the lovable monkey. The movie became an all time blockbuster and kick-started Govinda’s career as a leading actor in a comic role. Finally, the Funny Man of Bollywood had arrived!
Cast opposite Karishma Kapoor, Govinda played the no-good country bumpkin who falls for the well educated uptown girl. Directed by David Dhawan, the movie also had memorable antics by Shakti Kapoor. Though David Dhawan’s film was a commercial success, many also criticized the movie for being vulgar (especially the dance sequences). Irrespective, it was the start of a trend for Govinda to engage in some all-time favorite slapstick comedy films.
No David Dhawan (directed by Harmesh Malhotra) and no Karisma Kapoor (the film starred Raveena Tandon) in this movie, but still the same result – a huge hit comedy movie. Watch out for memorable performances by Kader Khan (plays rich hotelier), Govinda (poor dhaaba-wala), Johny Lever (Kader khan’s assistant but always takes govinda’s side) and Raveena Tandon (lady love). Movie also includes the hit item song ‘Ankhiyon Se Goli Maarein’.
Coolie No. 1
David Dhawan teams up for the third time with Govinda and Karisma Kapoor for this film. Govinda (coolie) is hired to woo a rich family’s daughter only to be caught in a web of hilarious situations in the later part of the film. Coolie No. 1 is not among the greatest comedy films, but has sufficient dosage of humor in it.
Hero No. 1
Yet another Govinda, David Dhawan, Karisma, Kader khan movie, this movie also had Paresh Rawal. The story has some similarity with another Bollywood movie ‘Bawarchi’ (starring Rajesh Khanna and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee) where a young man pretends to be a servant and magically solves all the problems of the family.
Directed by David Dhawan, the movie stars Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla & Johny Lever. Both Govinda and Anil Kapoor (supported by Johny Lever) compete to get the attention of Juhi Chawla, and try to outdo one another (hilarious situations). Govinda’s character is known as ‘Bunnoo’ in the movie.
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
David Dhawan’s successful remake of the Hollywood film ‘Bad Boys’ features Govinda and Amitabh Bachchan. The film gave Govinda an opportunity to outshine Amitabh Bachchan, who looked rather pale in comparison to the energetic and mischievous Govinda. The movie also has a hit song (Makhna) featuring Madhuri Dixit (special appearance), Govinda & the Big B.
Because of a misunderstanding, Govinda ends up having two wives in the movie — Mahima Chaudhary & Raveena Tandon. Govinda has to fool both his wives so that none know of the double life he’s been leading, although his small kids come to know about it and try to catch Govinda red-handed. Directed by Anees Bazmee, the film is funny and entertaining.
Haseena Maan Jaayegi
Govinda pairs up with director David Dhawan for the umpteenth time for this Bollywood comedy. Playing brother to Sanjay Dutt, they attempted to woo Karisma Kapoor and Pooja Batra respectively. As usual, Govinda was at his comic best in the movie.
After a long gap, David Dhawan works with Govinda again, and the movie also stars Salman Khan. Based on Hollywood film ‘Hitch’, Govinda plays a patient to love guru Salman Khan. Govinda, though good in the movie, looks awfully out-of-shape (was acting after a long break). The film was a huge success and has some nice songs in it.
Let us know if you think we have missed some names here, or perhaps some other movie should have been here on the list of Govinda’s funniest films.