Sajid confirms, "Yes. Shailendra did offer me Rs 9 crore to direct a film for Percept. It was very kind of him but I declined. I told him I had to direct Sajid Nadiadwala's film as he was the only person to give me a break with HB. Not just Percept, other corporates have offered me 11 crore and a percentage of the profits."
Sajid says he chose to turn down these huge offers because of "moral, emotional and legal reasons. I am very attached to Nadiad (as Sajid is fondly called), he's my best friend and I have a three film contract with him including HB. I told Shailendra 'when no none was willing to make my film… he came to my rescue'. Nadiad loves me a lot and I'll do anything for him."
Sajid is very confident about his next film with Nadiadwala starring Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Deepika Padukone. Says Khan, "I am not confident but very sure that my second will be the biggest hit of 2009 and I openly challenge any director who feels otherwise. Akshay and Riteish will be doing stuff in my film that they haven't done before."
Sajid Nadiadwala says, "I am extremely happy that my judgment in Sajid Khan's calibre is being acknowledged. This reinstates confidence in my company's policy of entrusting big canvas projects to debutante directors. Sajid and my equation is far above economics. We are like brothers and my banner is like his home production. HB was just the beginning of what our team is going to achieve in years to come."