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Govind Ahuja (born 21 December 1963), known mononymously as Govinda, is an Indian film actor, comedian, dancer, and former politician known for his work in Hindi films. Known for his slapstick performances and dancing skills, Govinda has received twelve Filmfare Award nominations, a Filmfare Special Award, a Filmfare Award for Best Comedian, and four Zee Cine Awards. The actor was a member of the Parliament of India from 2004 to 2009. Govinda's first film was 1986's Ilzaam, and he has appeared in over 165 Hindi films. In June 1999, he was voted the tenth-greatest star of stage or screen in a BBC News Online poll. During the 1980s, Govinda started out as an action and dancing hero and reinvented himself as a comedy hero in the '90s. His earlier box-office hits include Love 86, Ilzaam, Hatya, Jeete Hain Shaan Se and Hum. He was recognised in the 1990s decade as a comic actor after playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the 1992 romance Shola Aur Shabnam. Govinda had lead roles in several commercially successful comedy films, including Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Andolan (1995), Hero No. 1 (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Dulhe Raja (1998), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Anari No.1 (1999) and Jodi No. 1 (2001). He received a Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Haseena Maan Jayegi and a Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural. He played six roles in Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000): Raju and his mother, father, sister, grandmother and grandfather.

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