Says the excited director, "It came to me in a flash this week that there are many directors to whom I owe my career as a filmmaker. I short listed the seven directors who have made the maximum impact on me. And I'll be putting in a credit card thanking them in Housefull."
The lucky 7 are Manmohan Desai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, K. Raghvendra Rao, K Bappaiah, Narendra Bedi, Prakash Mehra and Blake Edwards.
Says the enthusiastic director, "These are the directors who have most inspired me, provoked me into becoming a movie director. I love masala movies. And these directors made the films I can never get tired of watching. I had dedicated my first film Heyy Babyy to all the girls who agreed to make guest appearances in the title song."
Sajid is aware some names in his list of 7 would surprise people. "But I feel someone like Narendra Bedi who made Jawani Diwani and Adalat shaped our commercial cinema. Both me and my sister Farah are hardcore commercial directors."
Though Farah has started directing her film Tees Maar Khan, Sajid is keeping as far away as possible from his sister's project. "I haven't read her script. She hasn't read mine. Though we'd give our lives for one another, we're two different individuals. She is extroverted. I am more into myself. I like to spend my evenings alone at home watching films every evening."
Sajid's greatest joy these days is exchanging Bollywood trivia with Boman Irani. "Boman and Viveck Vaswani are the most knowledgeable movie people I know. Add me to the list. If Boman was not an actor I'd still be friends with him just to share movie info with him."
Sajid Khan is dedicating his second directorial venture Housefull to the seven filmmakers who have inspired him the most.