Govinda thanks Rishi Kapoor for defending him on Jagga Jasoos row after blaming Anurag Basu for Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Jagga Jasoos’ failure
Before the release of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s Jagga Jasoos, veteran star Govinda had left everyone shocked with the tweets about his role chopped off from the film. Govinda took to twitter and lashed out at director Anurag Basu for the same. Now post the release of Jagga Jasoos, Ranbir Kapoor’s father Rishi Kapoor also lashed out at Anurag Basu for delaying the release of the film and held him responsible for movie not performing well at the box office. He also slammed the director for making Govinda work on his film for a special appearance and then chopping off his role without letting Govinda know about it.
Touched by Rishi Kapoor’s words, Govinda has now reacted to the same. In an interview with TOI, Govinda thanked Rishi Kapoor for showing some concern. He said, “I want to say, ‘Thank you Rishi sir. At last, you showed concern. Good blood never speaks wrong.”
Govinda added saying that, “he didn’t wanted to create any ruckus about his role dropped from the film as he respects Kapoor family more than anything. Govinda said, “I didn’t react much because I have huge respect for the Kapoor family. Also, I truly feel that it’s the director’s (Anurag) call to do what he wants to do with his film, but a little professionalism is expected. I had no clue what they were up to. They were busy with their own things and I wasn’t even informed about it (his ouster from the film). This, despite me doing the film without even charging for it. I was unwell and on drips, but I still travelled to South Africa for the shoot as I didn’t want people to feel that I am unprofessional or making excuses. After doing all that, what I got in return has made me realise that I need to be more frank from now on. I shouldn’t be sensitive or emotional when it comes to work. I should make changes in myself as this is how the world functions.”
Govinda also expressed about his love for Kapoor family saying, “I have the utmost respect for the Kapoor family, as I can never forget the love that the legendary Raj Kapoor saab showered upon me when I was just a newcomer. I can never forget the time when he invited me and my mother to one of his parties and touched my mother’s feet when we entered. He treated us with so much love and respect. He was indifferent to my social status. I lived in a Virar chawl and at that time, I was nobody. I don’t look at individuals when I see the Kapoor family. I look at them as one and I look up to Rishi sir and Raj saab. I respect my seniors. These are the qualities that I have imbibed from my mother and I will always stand by them.”
When asked further if he is up for doing more special appearances in films, Govinda replied, “There might not be a second time as I might only do it for the Kapoors or Salman Khan’s family. Not that I don’t think the others are less important, it’s just that these families are special for me and I hold them in high regard.”