One doesn’t want to be judgmental over Govinda’s mental health. But loud whispers about his eccentric behaviour have been doing the rounds in Bollywood for years now. Intermittently one heard of Govinda acting very strangely on the sets of his films. In fact stories of his paranoic behaviour , of strangers ‘attacking’ and ‘staring’ at the star,are legion.He once slapped a visitor on the sets who slapped a court case on the actor.
Most of Govinda’s friends and well-wishers agree the star has been in the need of some kind of psychological help for some time .But now Govinda’s latest interview with habitual rabble-rouser Rajat Sharma has once again raised serious doubts about Govinda’s mental health.
In the interview Govinda claims that James Cameron offered his epic blockbuster Avatar to Govinda , an offer that Govinda claims,he politely refused . He then goes on to claim that he suggested the title Avatar to Cameron.
These wildly improbable statements have unleashed an unprecedented tirade of mockery and memes againstGovinda.
Close friends are not amused.
One of Govinda’s closest friends and associates says sadly, “It is true. Govinda has been acting strange for a long time. It is his habit to claim that he refused this and that big offer. Now he has gone too far.The negativity in Govinda’s character follows him to the boxoffice. Many distributors and exhibitors refused to touch his last filmRangeela Raja because he fought with and abused them.”
This friend who has stood by Govinda for more than four decades makes the shocking revelation that Govindahas cut all ties with him. “He told some people that I know that he has nothing to do with me, because I have let him down. Today Govinda has no friends in the film industry and no one to help him now that he is in need of help.”
Perhaps the tragic fact that Govinda has suffered a series of professional and personal setbacks in the last two decades has brought the actor to this sorry psychological state.
In an interview to this writer in 2006 Govinda had expressed anguish and grief over the cruel blows fate had dealt him. “I’ve never been cruel or unfair to anyone. Yet life has been very unkind to me in recent times. One after the other ten members of my family have died in one year. It’s frightening. But what to do ? I’ve to face it. Recently my family was in a terrible car crash. My wife and two children escaped unhurt although the car somersaulted three times. I don’t know how their lives were spared. Bhagwan ka chamatkar tha. But I lost a dear friend in the accident. I’ve got at least 20-25 yagyas performed for the safety of my family. I’ve gone to numerous temples and dargah to seek blessings. Kahin na kahin bade-buzurgon ka aashirwaad kaam aa gaya. This too shall pass.Han, lekin meresaath ate ho gaya hai . My mother’s blessings are with me. I spend about four hours a day on prayers. I’ve no other means of protecting myself. It’s the love of my family that’s protecting me. I’ve to worry about protecting them.”
We wish Govinda better times ahead. And we hope to see him back on screen happy and healed. Even his biggest critic would agree, there’s no one quite like Govinda.