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‘Govinda Naam Mera’ ode to 90s Bollywood masala films, says Vicky Kaushal

by Joe Bourn
Actor Vicky Kaushal on Sunday said his upcoming feature ‘Govinda Naam Mera’ is a tribute to the blockbuster masala films of the 1990s Bollywood like the Akshay Kumar-led ‘Khiladi’ series. Written and directed by Shashank Khaitan, the crime comedy thriller tells the story of an outsider and his family’s madness. It also features Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar.

Kaushal said he was introduced to international films late in life and it was Bollywood entertainers like the “Khiladi” franchise and “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” that encouraged him to pursue a career in films.

“I grew up watching films of Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan and Govinda. I started going to the cinema a bit late too. I often watched films on TV like Akshay’s ‘Khiladi’ films. I was a fan of them. So the first seed to become actors were seeded from these films.

“‘Govinda Naam Mera’ is another piece of the same fabric. It is an ode to those gritty films in which there was murder, comedy, suspense, thrill, love etc. I am thankful to Shashank for thinking of the film for keeping it contemporary and also giving an ode to that masala porridge of Bollywood,” Kaushal told reporters here at the trailer launch of the film.

The actor said he had a lot of fun working on ‘Govinda Naam Mera’, which is backed by Dharma Productions.

“This is the film I was shooting after ‘Sardar Udham’. So I was very happy. I felt like every day was like a party. I came to shoot, to have fun. There was no serious scene, there was no crying,” he said. added.

The film features Kiara Advani as Kaushal’s girlfriend Suku and Bhumi Pednekar as his wife Gauri. Kaushal, who has worked with both Advani and Pednekar in the past in ‘Lust Stories’ and ‘Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship’, said he had a great time reuniting with them.

Other cast members, including Sayaji Shinde and Dayanand Shetty, were fantastic, he added.

Kaushal said that his actress-wife Katrina Kaif has only seen the poster of the film.

“She is looking forward to this film because she knows how difficult the process was for me. I would share with her what we would shoot,” he added.

“Govinda Naam Mera” was released on Disney+ Hotstar on December 16.

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