Govinda admits, "Yes, I have bought a house in Kolkata but I can't disclose where it is as my privacy will get disrupted. I adore Kolkata and it's of great importance to me. I have always felt that I have a strong emotional connection with the city." Why a home in Kolkata of all places? "Main wahaan rehta hoon jahan mujhe pyaar mile… I enjoy the breeze and shanti I get in Kolkata. Nobody invades my privacy. Whenever I have free time, I go there and spend some time. I fly down and drive straight from the airport to my home where nobody recognises me."
Buzz is that he's doing a Bengali film. "No. I am not doing any Bengali film. I did not find the space I wanted in Mumbai. I love being by myself but that doesn't happen in Mumbai. There, I am always thinking of my career, work, money and other material things. In Kolkata, I can be myself." Govinda's next releases are Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai and Run Bhola Run. "I feel as if I am always on the move and running… in Kolkata, I feel I have found my groove — finally. I am at peace with myself."
Govinda recently purchased a bungalow on the outskirts of Kolkata. While most stars are picking up properties largely in Mumbai and Delhi (even Dubai!), Chi Chi picked up a house by the river Ganga. Says a source, "Govinda has been making frequent trips to the city over the last six months. He's very spiritual and wanted to buy a small bungalow with a bit of land attached on the outskirts of Kolkata near Dakshineshwar-Belur. The open space near the river Ganga is one of the main reasons why he has bought the bungalow. Govinda lives there alone with his Man Friday and cooks, reads, makes his Ayurvedic medicines, watches films and relaxes."