After Govinda's claims, the actor received backlash on social media. A user went on to mock him by writing, “Govinda was offered the role of Iron man but he rejected as he doesn’t fit in an iron suit.” His daughter Tina updated the actor about the same, and he reacted to that in an interview to Bombay Times.
"I am not active on social media, but my daughter Tina keeps me in the loop. 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.
It’s not like meri aukad nahi hai. It’s prejudiced behaviour. Chai wala aagey kaise badh sakta hain? TV actors films mein kaise aa sakte hain? This is that same elitist, superiority complex. Yeh galat hai. Aapko vishwas nahi karna hai toh mat kijiye, but don’t say things like this," Govinda said in an interview to the daily.
Govinda had made the big revelation of being offered the film on Rajat Sharma's show Aap Ki Adaalat. He had said, "It was me who had given the title of the movie. I had told (James Cameron) that your film will run successfully in cinemas.
I also added that your film will take at least seven years to complete. That infuriated him (laughs)! I told him that the ‘avatar’ you want in the film is handicapped. Woh ishwar ka ansh hai aur apang hai…maine kaha ki yeh nahi hoga. And you want me to shoot for some 410 days and colour my body during the shoot. So I apologized for declining and left. And as predicted by me, the film released eight or nine years later and was a super hit!"
On the work front, Govinda, often known as Hero No 1, completed three decades in the Hindi film industry. His last release was Rangeela Raja, which was written and produced by Pahlaj Nihalani.