Govinda claims he suggested the name 'Avatar' to director James Cameron

Published: Jul 30, 2019, 15:03 IST | mid-day online correspondent

In a recent interview, Bollywood superstar Govinda claimed that he suggested the title 'Avatar' to director James Cameron. Avatar is one of the most popular and successful films in Hollywood.

Govinda claims he suggested the name 'Avatar' to director James Cameron
Govinda

Since the 90s, Govinda has been one of the most popular and beloved actors in Bollywood. In a recent interview, superstar Govinda claimed that he suggested the title 'Avatar' to director James Cameron. Avatar is one of the most popular and successful films in Hollywood.

According to a report in India Today, in an interview with India TV, Govinda claimed that he was the one who suggested the title of 'Avatar' to director James Cameron. Apparently, the actor was also offered a role in the popular sci-fi movie, but he turned it down. Govinda said in the interview, "I gave the title of the film (Avatar). It turned out to be a super hit film."

He further said, "I had informed him (James Cameron, the director of Avatar) that the film will do really well. I told him that I feel it will take seven years for him to complete the film. He got angry. When I said so, he asked, 'How can you be so sure that I won't be able to make Avatar for seven years?' I told him that what he was imagining was something almost impossible. That he has named his film 'Avatar', but he is showing aliens."

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Govinda revealed that Cameron wanted him to shoot for 410 days, but he wasn't ready to get painted blue all over the body, and so he had to turn the movie down. Govinda also revealed in the interview that he rejected films like Gadar, Chandni, Taal and Devdas. Apparently, he refused Gadar because of the abusive dialogues in the film, while he didn't do Chandni because he didn't want to portray a paralysed character.

Speaking about Avatar, the film was so successful that it was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won three, for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Fans of the movie will be happy to know that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 have completed principal filming, and are scheduled to release on December 17, 2021, and December 22, 2023, respectively.

On the work front, Govinda has delivered several commercial hits like Raja Babu, Deewana Mastana, Partner, Hero No. 1, Jodi No. 1, and Dulhe Raja. The actor was last seen in Rangeela Raja, which was written and produced by Pahlaj Nihalani, and directed by Sikander Bharti. The film also starred Shakti Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Mishika Chourasia and Anupama Agnihotri in the lead roles.

Also read: The Aankhen trio Chunky Panday, Govinda, Shakti Kapoor reunite; see photo

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