'Naughty @ 40' to be vintage Govinda of the 90s

'Naughty @ 40' to be vintage Govinda of the 90s

The actor plays a 40-year-old virgin in the upcoming sex comedy and plans to bring his old charm back.

"The idea was to recreate a similar magic which one expects from him in each of his films. I told my producers that perhaps we could have the tag of 'Vintage Govinda is back' in the promos as well," Mundhra told PTI.

"He may have hit a bad patch for a while but he is someone who really knows the pulse of the audience," Mundhra added.

With David Dhawan, Govinda went on to make hits like 'Hero No 1', 'Coolie No 1', 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan','Aankhen, 'Raja Babu' and 'Shola Aur Shabnam' in the 90s. They last collaborated on 'Partner', which was again a hit.

But for Mundhra, who has made films like 'Provoked', 'Shoot On Sight', 'Bawandar' and 'Kamla', it was quite a shift.

"When Govinda approached me to make this film, I was very apprehensive and told him that I had never directed such a comedy. Also, personally I have a different sense of humour. I was worried if I would be able to do justice to the film," said Mundhra.

"Govinda said that he wasn't worried because with this film, he wanted me to reach out to the kind of masses that I had never explored before. Also, he admitted that with my name being attached to the film, even he would be able to find a new audience base for himself," he added.

Mundhra called his friend Anupam Kher and discussed the film with him before saying yes.

"I told Anupam that 'Naughty @ 40' seemed to be the kind of film that David Dhawan and Anees Bazmee make. These are big directors and I respect them for what they are. After all they know how to reach out to masses. But I couldn't think of making a film like them."

But Kher assured him that the film will be a new experience for the director, who decided to bring the old Govinda back in a new style.

"He has an uncanny sense of what the masses want so why not go with his conviction. I decided to follow his vision while bringing my own stamp."

Starring Yuvika Chaudhary, Sayali Bhagat and Edward Lucia along with Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor and Sanjay Mishra, 'Naughty @ 40' releases all over on April 29.