Didn’t Want Body Painted: Govinda on Why He Refused to Do ‘Avatar’

Govinda looks back at his career.

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Govinda revealed that he had been offered James Cameron’s <i>Avatar.</i>
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Bollywood actor Govinda recently appeared on the television show Aap Ki Adalat and started listing out Bollywood films like Gadar and Chandni that he had chosen not to do. He then revealed that the list wasn’t just limited to Bollywood and that the Coolie No. 1 actor was offered the Hollywood film Avatar.

“I suggested the title ‘Avatar’ for the film,” said Govinda when Rajat Sharma asked him about a big Hollywood film opportunity that he got.

He also said that he was not comfortable with his body being painted all over.

“It was a very super-hit film and I had already told him [James Cameron] that your film is going to do well. I also told him that this film would not be ready for the next seven years. So he got very angry with me. And I didn’t think about the fact that I was in his city,” Govinda said on the show.

He further added that other constraints that prevented him from taking up the role included the shoot schedule, which required Govinda to shoot for 410 days. He also said that he was not comfortable with his body being painted all over. “So I told him this isn’t my cup of tea,” signed off Govinda.

“However, I said that I think the music of this film will be super hit and it will be successful because of its songs. And that’s exactly what happened,” revealed Govinda while talking about why he rejected the Chandni role.

While talking to Rajat Sharma, Govinda also admitted that he declined the Gadar role as he was not comfortable with the language. He also mentioned that he did accept Yash Chopra’s Chandni as he did not want to play the role of a handicapped character. “However, I said that I think the music of this film will be super hit and it will be successful because of its songs. And that’s exactly what happened,” revealed Govinda while talking about why he rejected the Chandni role.

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