Bollywood directors Sajid Khan and Ashutosh Gowariker's films belong to completely different genres. Their films are poles apart, while one makes mindless comedy, the other one is known for historical drama. Well, they are not only different in professionally but even personally. Remember when Sajid and Gowariker indulged into a public spat? They fought on stage at an award night in 2009. Things grew ugly when Sajid called Harman Baweja's acting skills 'non-existent'. Co-incidentally Gowariker was making a film with Baweja, What's Your Rashee at that time.
When Ashutosh came up on stage to receive an award for Best Film for Jodhaa Akbar, he took the opportunity to express his views. He said that though he is feeling happy to receive the honour, he was upset with the way the award night was conducted. "I don't like one thing that film industry is made fun of at such award nights. I feel it ridicules the award itself. On one side, I am feeling very happy that I received an award for the best film. But I don't think the demeanour of the award night has been at a good standard. No offence Sajid and Farah [Khan]. Personal remarks can also be made by me. Fun can be made even by me,'' he said.
Replying to Ashutosh, Sajid told him to go ahead to which the Lagaan filmmaker answered, ''No, Sajid. There is a difference''. He then further added, ''I appeal with great earnesty to Sajid and Farah, stardom is a very difficult thing to achieve. We slog our time and ourselves. We spend time in making our scripts. An actor works really hard in honing of his talent. You cannot make fun of a star on this podium''.
Later when Sajid sarcastically asked Gowariker, ''Tell me when I can speak'', the Jodhaa Akbar director went furious and told him to shut up.
''You don't tell me to shut up,'' said Sajid. By that time Ashutosh Gowariker had left the stage but Sajid continued, "Everyone has a right to opinion. I am sure a lot of people agree with Ashu. But I am Sajid Khan and I will keep entertaining people. Koi mujhe shut up nahi bol sakta. Main audience ke liye filmein banata hoon aur kisi ke baap mein dam nahi ki mujhe aake kuch bole. (Nobody can ask me to shut up. I make movies for the audiences and nobody dare have the guts to tell me anything on my face.)"
On the professional front, Gowariker is currently shooting for his upcoming period drama Panipat, which features Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. On the other hand, Sajid Khan, who was partly directed Housefull 4 had to leave the project in mid after #MeToo allegations were levelled against him.