The Many Comebacks of Govinda

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The Many Comebacks of Govinda

Illustration: Akshita Monga


hen I was 12, I came down with a terrible bout of chicken pox. Besides being in a lot of pain, I was also extremely bummed about missing the school picnic, an event I looked forward to with as much enthusiasm as the team of La La Land at the Oscars this year. Confined to the four walls of my room, I took to spending my time in bed watching Bollywood comedies in order to feel better about my predicament.

It was during that period that I entered the club of Govinda Worship (Unconditional). I laughed until my stomach hurt while watching Saajan Chale Sasural, memorised the lyrics to “Tujhko Mirchi Lagi Toh…” from Coolie No 1, tried imitating his trademark pelvic thrusts (in vain) and begged my parents to buy me a pair of orange pants.