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Govinda recounts Dilip Kumar's advice when late actor encouraged him to quit 25 films

Maniesh Paul hosts a YouTube podcast where he speaks to Bollywood celebrities.

  • Kanishka Dogra

Last Updated: 06.57 AM, Jun 10, 2022

Govinda recounts Dilip Kumar's advice when late actor encouraged him to quit 25 films

Govinda recently featured on Manish Paul's show which is available on YouTube. On the podcast the actor talked about his early days as well as the legendary actor Dilip Kumar's advice, who died on July 7, 2021.

As per the actor, by just the age of 21, he already signed 75 projects in his early stages in Bollywood. Govinda has mentioned that he has been drawn to the film industry rather than the other way around.

Govinda said on the podcast in Hindi, "I didn’t enter the film industry, in fact, it came to me. I was 21 and I had signed 75 films. I remember the great Dilip sahab came to me and told me, ‘Govinda, drop 25 of them.’

After he informed Dilip that he'd already spent all that money provided to him, the legendary actor replied to Govinda,"God will ensure that I earn the money back, but that I must return."

He continues to explain how he was becoming unwell while working 4 to 5 shifts per day."And he was right, I was falling ill, I was in and out of hospitals working four-five shifts a day. I once didn’t sleep for 16 days,” Govinda said.

He afterward mentioned that directors and producers had called him "unprofessional." As per actor, no one really confronted him during his prime.

According to the actor, individuals in the business evolve, "When I was at the peak for 14-15 years, when everything was going in my favour, nobody raised these issues… This is the film industry, people change with time, and so do equations. I don’t react to all this, I’m an actor, not a reactor,”he added.

Govinda began his career in 1986 with the film Love 86. Soon after, Govinda became a sensational hit, and he acted in several films such as Coolie No. 1, Dulhe Raja, Ilzaam, Chote Miyan, Jodi No. 1, Partner, Bhagam Bhag, and plenty more.

Govinda has always been recognised for his dancing abilities as well as his comedic timing. The actor has received various accolades, including Filmfare.