Subhash Ghai's wedding anniversary date (October 24) coincides with the date he launched his production company Mukta Arts (it turns 31 this year). The showman's annual bash was a star-studded one this year minus Salman Khan. Shahrukh Khan, Rishi and Randhir Kapoor, Riya Sen, Karan Johar, Hrithik and Sussanne Roshan, Rohit Roy, Chunky Pandey and Salman's good friend Katrina Kaif were seen attending the party. Last year, Salman attended Ghai's wedding anniversary while Shah Rukh had stayed away.
Commenting on the absence of Salman Ghai says, "Though I had invited Salman, he couldn't attend because he was attending his uncle's (Salim Khan's brother) 50th birthday in Indore. Salman has always been very nice and respectful with me. He did Yuvvraaj with me at a time when my last film Kisna had flopped. In this industry, you are what you are according to your last film. I don't approach stars for their work but those who have worked with me like Jackie, Shahrukh, Madhuri, Meenakshi, Hrithik, Sanjay Dutt and Salman all become part of my family and they all treat me with love and affection. Though Priyanka and Aishwarya (flights got delayed) couldn't attend, Ash's mom Vrinda came and Priyanka sent me a sweet text saying she was out of town. I was surprised to get a huge bouquet from Madhuri (who's in the USA) while she personally called to wish me and my wife."
Commenting on his warm association with Shahrukh, Ghai says, "I had first met him when he had signed Dil Aashna Hai and had come to a party. Ramesh Sippy introduced us and as we shook hands, I could see the warmth in this boy. I told Ramesh that he was going to be a superstar and he had the right style and attitude for it even as a newcomer. Then I signed him for Trimurti. I was supposed to do Motherland with Shahrukh but the film got delayed because of his back problem and I went ahead with Kisna but the love I have for him will never change. He will always remain a family member and I hope to work with him sometime again soon."