Quietly, the controversial former CFBC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani has slipped back into his favourite role. That of the filmmaker. In a marathon shooting spree in Karjat on the outskirts of Mumbai Nihalani got together with his favourite leading man Govinda and completed the shooting of a new film. Giving details of the project Nihalani says, “It is titled Rangeela Raja and it’s an out-and-out comedy. But comedy of a kind never attempted by Govinda before. Unlike the streetwise comic characters Govinda is famous for, he plays a very sophisticated character in Rangeela Raja.”
The versatile actor has multiple roles in the film. Elaborating on Govinda’s part, Nihalani says, “He has a double role. But he slips into four different characters. Audiences who have been waiting for Govinda’s comeback will be very pleased to see what he has done in Rangeela Raja. It is almost like a rebirth of Govinda and I feel happy to be doing his comeback film.”
It’s been 31 years since Nihalani launched Govinda in Ilzaam. “I feel Govinda is starting all over again with Rangeela Raja,’ says Nihalani. Three debutante heroines are being introduced with Govinda in Rangeela Raja. “Govinda has never been more suave in any of his films,” says Nihalani enthusiastically.