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Exclusive interview with Govinda

Three months ago, Salman Khan and his filmmaker friend Mahesh Manjrekar visited Govinda at his Juhu residence to persuade him for the Hindi remake of the Marathi hit, Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho – to be produced by Salman. But, Govinda wasn’t too kicked about the subject and asked Mahesh to alter the script. Now, Bollywood Celebden learns that Mahesh and Salman’s efforts went in utter vain, as Govinda is no longer interested in the project and has said a categorical ‘No’ to them.

Sharing the news exclusively with Bollywood Celebden, Govinda says, “I’m not doing the film. Though the Marathi film was critically acclaimed I wasn’t convinced with the subject. I respect Salman and Mahesh. They are good friends. I hope they are not upset with me.”

Recent reports suggest that Mahesh is now in talks with Chi Chi’s rival Anil Kapoor to play the lead character – a father whose negligence leads to his son’s injury. The father’s character was originally essayed by the Marathi actor Bharat Jadhav. Meanwhile, Mahesh is keeping his options open. In case talks with Anil Kapoor fall through, he might approach Arjun Rampal next.

When contacted, Mahesh sounded mildly annoyed: “I don’t know what is happening. You can talk to Salman or Govinda and confirm.”

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