|D.O.B.||Dec 21, 1963|
Spouse Sunita Ahuja
Children Narmada Ahuja, Zashwardhan Ahuja
Parents Arun Kumar Ahuja, Nirmala Devi
Govinda is an Indian film actor known for his work in Bollywood. Govinda has received twelve Filmfare Awards nominations, won a Filmfare Special Award, won a Filmfare Award for Best Comedian, and has received four Zee Cine Awards. Govinda is also a former politician. His debut was in Ilzaam in 1986 and has since appeared in over 165 Hindi films. In June 1999, Govinda was voted the tenth greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users.
His earlier films in the 1980s were in a variety of genres including family drama, action and romance. In the 1990s, he gained recognition as a comic actor after playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the romantic movie Shola Aur Shabnam 1992 opposite the late Divya Bharti. He received the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Haseena Maan Jayegi and Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural.
In addition to film acting, he was a member of the Indian National Congress Party. He was elected as the seventh Member of Parliament for the Mumbai North Constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004. He defeated Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party. His constituency was succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam in 2009 when Govinda choose to pursue his films.