Bollywood Actor Govinda was born on 21 December 1963 to former actor Arun Kumar Ahuja and singer-actress Nirmala Devi into a family with Punjabi and Sindhi roots.
Arun (govinda's father) is best known for Mehboob Khan's Aurat (1940). He produced one unsuccessful film, and became ill shortly afterwards. The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai's Carter Road, moved to Virar—a northern Mumbai suburb—where Govinda was born. The youngest of six children, he was given the pet name "Chi Chi", meaning "little finger" in Punjabi, the language spoken at home.