Govinda went through a severe weight loss regime during the making of Naughty @ 40. So much so that when he was signed for the film, he was a tad overweight and now that the film is releasing, he has lost oodles of it.
This pretty much reminds one of Adnan Sami’s big screen debut that never happened when he reduced his weight to one third of his original self. Since this film supposed to be directed by Bela Sehgal was about an obese singer/performer, it didn’t make sense for the makers to go ahead with Adnan. The makers of Naughty @ 40 couldn’t afford to think of similar lines by either changing the hero or the script since a major schedule had already been shot over two years ago.
“Yes, we did our first schedule at London in December 2008. At that time Govinda pretty much looked the part of the character as he was a little over weight”, says Jagmohan Mundhra, the film’s director, “Though it was a total standstill in 2009, we restarted in 2010 where we did a long schedule in Manali. This was the time when Govinda started looking his best and very hero-like.”
“It’s a different matter though as per the script, he was not supposed to look that good. But now he does”, he chuckles.
Mundhra is taking consolation from the belief that the film is not looking dated.
“It has a very beautiful look and fortunately for us, it is not looking dated at all”, he cheers up here, “Even though the film’s shooting was spread over two years, I am happy that it is releasing now. If you have been missing vintage Govinda, he would be ready to entertain you again with Naughty @ 40. I can promise you that.”
Talking about the vintage factor, 90s was the playing ground for Govinda when he had one of the best success rates amongst his peers. Along with David Dhawan, Govinda went on to make countless comic blockbusters like Hero No. 1, Coolie No. 1, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Aankhen, Raja Babu and Shola Aur Shabnam to name a few. Even in the decade gone by, Govinda and David Dhawan had collaborated with Partner which was a huge hit. Now Jag promises that the magic would be revived all over again.
“He may have hit a bad patch for a while but he is someone who really knows the pulse of the audience”, says Jag, “I have made most of my films abroad and hence quintessential Bollywood cinema is something different for me, especially comedy. They say that one should leave brains behind in watching most of the Bollywood comedies. Well, today I can say that for Naughty @ 40 as well.”
Wish audience too bear similar sentiments once the film releases on 29th April. Starring Uvika Chaudhary, Sayali Bhagat and Edward Lucia along with Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor and Sanjay Mishra, Naughty @ 40 releases all over on 29th April.