On the occasion of Father's Day, Bollywood superstar Govinda's daughter, Tina Ahuja, talked about her bond with the actor. She also shared a few childhood memories and some treasured secrets of her dad.
In a candid chat with The Free Press Journal, Tina said, "I've always been a true blue daddy's girl. Our bond is strong and sweet because we spend a lot of time together. Also, I am extremely close to him and I can speak out a lot of things to him."
The 57-year-old actor dons the hats of a friend, guide and mentor for Tina. When asked about the most valuable lessons she has learned, Tina said, "I always try and give my best in whatever work I do. So, being honest to work is something that I have learned from him. Whether he is in front of the camera or at home, there's always so much I get to learn from him. Even when I was working with him on the film 'FryDay', I was on the sets with him for 40 days. That was the time when I got to experience the decades of experience which he has. His way of working is amazing and he has been my constant source of inspiration."
The actress says that for her, every day is Father's Day. "I have seen my dad work so hard over the years only to give us a better life and not to make us go through the struggles he went through. I am blessed and grateful for all that he has done for us and I truly believe that every day is Father's Day for me," Tina said.
Tina further said that Govinda always had her back and had even supported her when she told him she wishes to make a career in Bollywood. "I remember he just told me one thing - 'go for it and give your best'. I always did what I like and he has always been supportive and caring in that way," she added.
Recalling some of her fond childhood memories, Tina said, "I could go on and on with my dad’s stories but one memory which never fades is the one where I used to be with him on the sets of his films during my vacations. Whenever he used to get some time in between shots, he used to make the most of it and spend time with me. He used to drop me at school every time he was in Mumbai. He's been a pampering father and my mom, on the other hand, was a bit disciplined."
"I was a very happy kid, to be honest. I never had any tantrums and I used to love dollhouses. I remember once we were in Holland for dad's show and he bought a dollhouse for me which he carried on his head and was roaming on the streets of Holland like a Coolie. It was a very sweet thing and I will never forget that my dad literally became a Coolie for me," Tina laughs as she recalls this special memory.
Tina said that she always used to feel different than the other kids. "Dad was a superstar when I was in school. I wouldn't lie, I definitely felt different growing as a star kid. Sometimes, I also felt proud but not in an arrogant way. Everyone knew dad and so many people loved him. They used to come to my school to see him and wait for him so that they can click pictures with him. It used to feel special. Later on, when I was in college, the boys used to talk like dad and enact scenes and dialogues from his films. At that time, I used to feel a bit shy but I enjoyed growing up as a star kid," Tina stated.
Sharing her plans for Father's Day, Tina said, "I'll definitely plan something special for him. He is not someone who is fond of fancy things and likes small celebrations. He likes when we are around him. Dad is more on the simpler side of life which I also personally love and enjoy a lot. So accordingly, I'll plan something."
Meanwhile, on the professional front, Tina will next be seen in a music video titled 'Lakk Shake'. Earlier this month, she had shared the first look poster of the song on her official Instagram account. Tina said that the peppy number, which was shot in Chandigarh, is likely to release by the end of June.