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Will Fry Day Finally Bring Govinda Back Into The Race? Director Abhishek Dogra Thinks So

Will Govinda’s dry phase end with  Fry Day?  The superstar of comic timing, the maestro  among crowdpleasers, has been going through a lean phase for the past few years , his career touching a all-time low with his  last release Abhinay Chakra.

 For Govinda who turned  54 in December,  things  are just not going  right

And director Abhishek Dogra tells us why. “It’s because some filmmakers wanted  to cast Govindaji  against his  image. Which is  like going to Agra and not visiting the Taj Mahal. You can’t cast Govinda and not use his exceptional  comic timing, his mastery over rapidfire flow   of lines.”

Abhishek has cast Govinda as a theatre personality in Delhi. “It is something he has  never done and yet following all the rules of Govinda-ism that we as his fans have grown up watching.”

As a  fanboy Abhishek Dogra is beyond ecstacy working with his  idol. “I’ve been a Govinda fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve grown up  reveling in and copying his dialogue delivery and his comic timing. I had decided one day I’d  direct Govinda in a role and film tailormade for  him.In my Fry Day audiences would get to see an updated  version of all the things that Govinda has come to be known for.”

 Abhishek says signing Govinda was a  joy, and a cakewalk. “I had heard about how difficult  and inaccessible he had becoming of late. I faced none  of that. I was able to meet him without any hitch.And when  he heard the idea for Fry Day he  immediately agreed to do my film. From then onwards he was full on-board.”

Abhishek promises us a completely reformed Govinda.  “I had heard of his latecoming and other problems. I  admit I was a little nervous. But I faced no problem  at all. On the contrary  Govinda has  gone  out  of  the way to complete my film. We’re almost done and I am already missing shooting with this amazing actor.”

It helped that Govinda’s co-star is also   his fan.

Laughs Abhishek Dogra, “Varun Sharma is a  major Govinda fan. He plays an  unsuccessful salesman. His  tuning with Govinda has to be seen to be believed.”

 With the success of Fukrey Returns Varun Sharma is on to the new spell of success in his career. Dogra feels this is  the best time catch the two actors together. “Govinda and Varun come  from different schools of acting. And yet they are one in their endeavour to generate laughter through spot-on comic timing. It’s so much fun watching Varun  vibe with Govinda. I  hope the chemistry shows in  Fry Day.”

 The  film is being readied  for an April 2018 release.

Says  the  director, “We’ve seen in 2017 that audiences  go to the movies  for laughs. Judwaa 2, Golmaal Again and Fukrey Returns were all comedies. I feel laughter will remain in favour in 2018.

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