Govinda’s daughter Tina Ahuja was in the news for a much-speculated debut with Salman Khan that did not materialise. She is finally making her debut with a Punjabi director Smeep Kang in Second Hand Husband. Unlike the voluble Govinda who gives quotes on tap, his daughter Tina, speaks very guardedly.
What took you so long to join the industry?
I had a lot of offers, but I didn’t want to take up anything just because there was a lot of pressure on me — many articles about my debut were being written. I know where I come from, the legacy I have to take forward and the comparisons that are bound to be made. So unless I was sure about the script, I didn’t want to do a film. If I hadn’t got a film as good as Second Hand Husband, I would have happily sat at home.
What is so special about this film?
It is an extremely light-hearted comedy. In this strong concept-based film, I play a naive and pampered lawyer who is the leading man Gippy Garewal’s girlfriend.
You were supposed to make your debut with Salman Khan. What misfired?
That was just a rumour. I was never going to be launched by him (Salman). I have met Salman Khan only three or four times in my life and I am too shy to even talk to him. When I was a kid, he was my favourite actor.
How did you bag SHH?
I was the one who called Smeep Kang (director of Second Hand Husband) after I saw one of his Punjabi films. I got Smeep’s number from a friend, called him and told him that I wanted to work with him. A few months later, Smeep called me as he was planning to make his debut in Bollywood. He offered me the film at a time when I was in two minds about getting into movies at all.
Govinda is known for his superb dancing and comic timing. What is your strong point?
You’ll have to watch my film to know that. It has me dancing as well as doing comedy.
How is Govinda as a father?
He is a very cool man. Anytime I have a problem, or am not too confident about something, he sorts it out in two minutes. He is not strict, but there are certain things he doesn’t like and I don’t go there.