Bollywood actor Govinda has opened up on the jokes and memes receiving for his claims of rejecting James Cameron’s Avatar. The actor keeps standing by his earlier statement.
The actor said, “I am fine with people wondering how someone like Govinda could refuse a James Cameron film. I can understand where they are coming from. I respect that thought. They are entitled to have that opinion, but to say how come Govinda got that offer in the first place, is wrong."
Govinda added, “It’s not like meri aukat nahi hai. (It’s not like I don’t deserve it) It’s prejudiced behavior. Chai wala aagey kaise badh sakte hain? TV actors films mein kaise aa sakte hain? (How can a tea-seller rise so high and how can television actors work in films) This is that same elitist, superiority complex. Yeh galat hai. Aap ko vishwas nahi karna hai toh mat ki jiye (This is wrong. Don’t believe me if you don’t want to), but don’t say things like these."
He gave the statement to journalist Rajat Sharma, on his show Aap Ki Adalat, that he was offered the lead role by James Cameron for 2009 blockbuster, Avatar. “Cameron wanted me to stay with them for 410 days. For someone like me, to get painted all over the body was something I could not do. So, I apologised. But like I said, the film went on to become a super hit," he said.
After the actor's statement went viral, Twitter left comments on social media. One user wrote: “Govinda saying that he was offered Avatar is like saying Salman Khan was offered the Nobel Prize for physics.”
Another one tweeted: “Govinda was offered the role of Iron man but he rejected as he doesn’t fit in an iron suit.”
On internet’s reaction, “People making a laughing stock of me is not new. I was mocked even at the beginning of my career because I dared to become an actor. They thought, I am from Virargaon, yeh kaise hero banega (how could he be the hero) Even after my films did well, a certain section of people believed iska success toh fluke hai (his success is by fluke),” he said.
The actor also said, “I didn’t do that film, but told him (Boyle) it will do well. I loved the thought of the film that you don’t have to be highly educated to make it big in life, you have to be street-smart. However, I had two objections with that film… the poop scene in the beginning and the title. I wasn’t comfortable with the word ‘Slumdog’ and that scene."