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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 11:36 IST

Govind Namdev recalls traumatic work experience with Subhash Ghai after he was removed from Saudagar

Govind Namdev spoke candidly on being ousted by Subhash Ghai's directorial Saudagar after shooting for it. He called the film a 'traumatic experience'.

Govind Namdev
Govind Namdev | Image:Govind Namdev/Instagram
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The 1991 film Saudagar was hailed as a massive hit as the movie brought together Dilip Kumar and Raaj Kumar for the first and only time. In a new interview, OMG 2 actor Govind Namdev claimed that he was a part of the film as well. The actor recalled his ‘traumatic’ experience as the director Subhash Ghai shot with him and later edited out all the shots featuring him. 

Govind Namdev claims his role was pivotal in Saudagar 

In an interview with Lehren Retro, Govind Namdev recalled Subhash Ghai shooting for Saudagar with him. He termed the period as ‘traumatic’ because he had already told everyone he would be working with big stars like Raaj Kumar and Dilip Kumar. He claimed that while all other actors were called for dubbing, he was not. 

Saudagar official poster | IMDb

He shared, “When I got the role, it was quite big and then he later chopped off the entire role in the final edit. By then, I had already told the entire world that I was working with Dilip Kumar, Raaj Kumar, and Subhash Ghai. These are big personalities. I had told everybody about it. The shoot was also done.” The actor also claimed that he had a big part in the film. He said, “The film started with it, and ended with it.” According to him, his character was meant to appear in flashbacks at both the start and the finish of the film, as well as at key points.

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Why was Govind Namdev’s role in Saudagar edited? 

In the same conversation, Govind reasoned why his parts in the film were chopped off. He shared that the film was already four-and-a-half-hour-long, which is why some portions in the film needed to be chopped off. He recalled, “Someone suggested to him that you take this character out and he did that. I was in a lot of trauma then.” 

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Govind Namdev file photo | Image: Instagram 

The actor further mentioned, that the director never spoke to him about the incident. He further vowed to never work with Subhash Ghai ever again. He added, “I never worked with him again. Neither did he call me, nor did I go to him for any work. If he had, then it would have been nice but I understand people’s limitations as well,” he shared. The actor declared that he will never again collaborate with some directors, putting them on his “blacklist.”

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 14:53 IST

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