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.