Last year was a year of decision making for Govinda. One such decision was that he was only going to work with directors of a certain calibre after working with Mani Ratnam. It looks like 2009 will be spent in a similar vain – only with a lot more to look forward too. You see, 2009 is the year that Govinda’s daughter Narmada will finally be facing the camera, and that too with a home production.
Confirming this news Govinda went on to say, “I don’t want anyone else no matter how well-meaning to take the credit for launching my daughter. So yes, Narmada will finally be launched anytime in 2009.”
So the production company has been confirmed. All that is required now is the director, who is to be finalized in the next couple of weeks. The directors on the wish list to launch Govinda’s baby girl are Nikhil Advani and Shaad Ali.
“I’d have liked Narmada to be launched by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He’s among our best. But since that’s not possible we’re looking at some other names. My daughter has to be directed by someone who has a vision and an aesthetic sense and also respects the work that I do.”
Focusing on his daughter’s career has forced Govinda to make some hard decisions for his own career. “Six of my releases are ready. But now, after my so-called comeback I’ve again stopped signing new films. After working with Mani Ratnam I can’t go back to doing chalta hai roles in routine films. I’ll work only with directors who are as organized and disciplined as Mani Ratnam. He’s clear-headed about everything. “
Talking about his experiences whilst shooting for Ravan in the jungle Govinda says, “I’ve spent my childhood in a village. So I’m used to being in cut off from city life. Shooting in the jungles with Mani, Abhishek and Aishwarya was very invigorating.”
As for now Govinda is not signing any new projects. “For now I’m saying no to all future assignments until I get something comparable with Mani’s film…for now I’m focusing on giving my daughter the best career launch any father can give.”