Govinda has surprised us with his recent revelation about rejecting a big Hollywood venture. At a point when Bollywood celebrities would give an arm and a leg to feature in an international project of massive stature, here is Hero No 1 of Bollywood, rejecting a biggie like Avatar. The actor recently stated that he turned down a role in Avatar, which was the highest-earning film at the global box office for almost a decade.
During his recent appearance on Aap Ki Adalat, Govinda stated, "It was me who had given the title of the movie. I had told (James Cameron) that your film will run successfully in cinemas. I also added that your film will take at least seven years to complete. That infuriated him (laughs)!" He further added, “I told him that the ‘Avatar’ you want in the film is handicapped. Woh ishwar ka ansh hai aur apang hai…maine kaha ki yeh nahi hoga. And you want me to shoot for some 410 days and colour my body during the shoot. So I apologised for declining and left. And as predicted by me, the film released eight or nine years later and was a super hit."
Govinda has to his credit several Bollywood masala entertainers like Aankhen, Raja Babu, Coolie No 1, Hero No 1, Partner and Haseena Maan Jaayegi to name a few. However, if he surely did reject Avatar, the actor lost out to some massive global recognition! Govinda’s last big-screen outing was Rangeela Raja, wherein he played a double role. The film was directed by Sikander Bharti and produced by Pahlaj Nihalani.
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