Govinda is a Filmfare award-winning Indian actor and politician. He has appeared in over 120 Hindi language Bollywood films. At the start of Govinda's career, his acting and dancing skills gained him widespread attention among film viewers. He later gained worldwide fame as a Bollywood icon through comedy films such as `Shola Aur Shabnam`, `Aankhen`, `Coolie No. 1`, `Haseena Maan Jaayegi` and `Partner`.
In June 1999, Govinda was voted as the tenth greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users. Govinda will be seen in `Run Bhola Run` in 2011 which is directed by Neeraj Vora and also stars Ameesha Patel, Tusshar Kapoor and Celina Jaitely. He has been 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, after defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
In the 2009 General Elections, he opted out of politics to concentrate more on films. His constituency was succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam (also from Congress). In 2004, Govinda joined the Congress party, and was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower House of Parliament from Mumbai with a thumping majority of beating the five time sitting MP by over 50000 votes. In a run up to the polls, Govinda had announced that his agenda will include prawaas(transportation), swasthya (health) and gyaan (education).
Govinda's father, Arun Kumar Ahuja, was born in Gujranwala (now in Pakistan) and was brought to Mumbai by veteran producer Mehboob Khan in 1937, who cast him in `Ek Hi Raasta` as the leading man. Arun was notable for acting in Mehboob Khan's `Aurat` (1940). The only film Ahuja ever produced was a flop. Unable to bear the loss, his health failed. The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai's upmarket Carter Road, later moved to Virar- a northern Mumbai suburb, where Govinda was born. The youngest of six children, his pet name `Chi Chi` means little finger in Punjabi, the language they speak at home. Since his father was unable to work, Nirmala Devi brought up the children through hard times in Mumbai.
Govinda has starred in several films opposite Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Karisma Kapoor and many others. He is known for films like Saajan Chale Sasural, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Aankhen, Coolie No. 1, Deewana Mastana, Bade Miya Chote Miya and many more.