Imagine Hanuman without its tail? Chop off its tail, the monkey will furtively gyrate itself, look back in anger. Similar is the plight of actor Govinda who is hurt as his Hanuman role in Maniratnam’s Raavan was edited out. You can see Govinda red in the face as he frequently looks back in anger.
‘‘I was stunned after seeing Raavan last week. I couldn't connect spiritually to the film. It is commercial. How can I question a big director like him? I learnt a lot from Mani sir. I came on time everyday.’’
You ask him whether he felt sidelined? ‘‘I didn't mind. I used the experiences to learn. I don’t blame anyone for chopping my role. I have done 148 films till now. Do your work, get out and forget the film. It's this mechanism I have learnt…’’ he says. But you can always read between the lines.