By Knowladgey Team
September 29, 2023
Govinda, often hailed as "Hero No. 1" in Bollywood, left an indelible mark on Indian cinema. However, his career path was dotted with some surprising rejections. Let's delve into the iconic films and projects Govinda reportedly turned down during his illustrious career.
Before the world knew about his rejection of James Cameron's "Avatar," Govinda was offered Pahlaj Nihalani's "Avatar." In this version, he was slated to play a sports coach, and Sunny Deol was also considered for a role in the project.
"Gadar: Ek Prem Katha" could have been a different cinematic experience if Govinda had accepted the role of Tara Singh, a character that ultimately went to Sunny Deol. Director Anil Sharma clarified that the movie was discussed with Govinda but not officially offered.
Subhash Ghai's musical drama "Taal" featured Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai in lead roles. Govinda was initially offered the part of Manav but declined due to scheduling conflicts and disagreements over remuneration.
One of the most significant rejections in Govinda's career was reportedly the offer to be a part of BR Chopra's epic TV series "Mahabharata." Govinda's involvement could have brought a unique dimension to the epic saga, but he chose not to take up the opportunity.
Reportedly, Govinda turned down the opportunity to be a part of James Cameron's revolutionary science fiction masterpiece, "Avatar." It was later revealed that Govinda was offered Pahlaj Nihalani's sports drama, which was also titled "Avatar."
The opulent adaptation of the classic novel "Devdas" by Sanjay Leela Bhansali showcased the talents of Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Madhuri Dixit in prominent roles. Govinda was considered for the role of Chunnilal but chose to decline the offer.
Govinda was reportedly approached for a role in Yash Chopra's classic romance "Chandni." His decision to reject the film allowed Rishi Kapoor to create magic onscreen. Govinda's dancing prowess could have added a unique dimension to this timeless love story.
Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" achieved international acclaim and won multiple Academy Awards. Govinda was offered the role of the quiz show host, Prem Kumar, but declined it. Anil Kapoor eventually portrayed the character.
Govinda was offered the lead role in the Hindi remake of the Marathi film "Shikshakanchya Aicha Gho." However, he opted out of the project, missing the opportunity to collaborate with Salman Khan again.