Arjun Rampal, who was at the function, received an SMS from art director Bijon Dasgupta saying, "It is disgusting and in bad taste to watch hosts (MOC) of Film Award Functions... run down stalwarts... in their shows or films.
We totally agree with Ashutosh Gowariker, when he asked Sajid Khan 2 shut up. A Sajid's Khan film or talent cant be compared 2 the work done by Ashutosh... or recent film makers like Neeraj Pande... Anurag kashyap... and many more. We need 2 condemn this cheap toilet humour..." Starting Wednesday morning, many people in the film industry recieved the same message from unknown numbers. In the evening, Arjun got the same message from Bijon.
The actor called and reprimanded him for sending such messages. Bijon retorted that he was sitting with Ashutosh and that he asked him to send the message. Rampal advised him not to get involved in matters he didn't know about." Though Arjun Rampal was unavailable for comment, Bijon Dasgupta says, "It's true that Arjun called me and nicely asked me to let it all go and not get involved.
But Ashu didn't ask me to forward any message." He adds, "The matter has ended as Sajid apologised on national TV on Wednesday night." A source close to the Khans insists no apology by Sajid had taken place. "Sajid on Night Out (NDTV) said that Ashu and he have been friends for many years.
At the end Sajid said that sometimes sentiments may get hurt and that year after year channels hire him for his humour and if things do go wrong and he hurts someone then he's the first to apologise. Then he looked at the camera and said, 'Ashu, I hope you're watching this. I love you and I know you love me!' that's all Sajid said." That's an olive branch from Sajid. Will Ashu accept?