Govinda claims he suggested Avatar title to James Cameron
New Delhi : Actor Govinda made an explosive claim of suggesting the name 'Avatar' to Hollywood director James Cameron for his 2009 film. The 55-year-old actor told the host Rajat Sharma on 'Aap Ki Aadalat' that he was also offered a role in the movie, but due to his pre commitments he was not able to take out 410 days for shooting of the movie, also he was not okay with the use of body paints.
"I gave the title of the film (Avatar). It turned out to be a super hit film. I told him (James Cameron) 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," Govinda said on the show.
Avatar is the same sci-fiction that has won three Oscars.
Govinda also spoke about his bitter relationship with the director David Dhawan, with whom he made 17 movies in the nineties.
Recounting the story, Govinda said on the show, "Once I asked my secretary to keep the phone speaker on, so that I could listen what he (David Dhawan) was saying. I heard David saying, 'Chi Chi (Govinda's nickname) is asking a lot of questions' and he told my secretary to ask me to take up small roles. This shocked me and I decided never to work with him. After 4-5 months, I again rang him up just to find out if he would give me a guest appearance in his film. At that time he agreed but he never called me back again."
Watch Complete show below:
On the work front, Govinda was last seen in Rangeela Raja, directed by Sikander Bharti, while his upcoming films are Bhagwan Ke Liye Mujhe Chhod Do and Pinky Darling And National Hero.