During a television appearance, filmmaker Priyadarshan called the conflict between the Shiv Sena and Shah Rukh Khan over the latter’s film My Name Is Khan a publicity stunt, but he now says he has been quoted out of context and would like to apologise to the actor as well as director Karan Johar.
Following his comment, Priyadarshan has apparently been put on the ‘block’ list of many important cellphones in Mumbai. Karan Johar also posted on microblogging site Twitter, "Prolific and exceptionally talented filmmaker who makes cerebral comedies... the honorable Priyadarshan says this is a PUBLICITY STUNT!!! (sic)"
But Priyadarshan says: "I was quoted out of context. I’d never speak like that about Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar. They’ve both been very nice to me. If I’ve hurt either of them, I apologise to them publicly, and would like to add that in any conflict between filmmakers and politicians, I’d naturally support my own fraternity."
Priyadarshan further says that he wanted to call his new film with Ajay Devgn, Bipasha Basu and Akshay Khanna Ishaq. But he found out that a film titled Ishqiya is already out.
“Vishal Bhardwaj beat me to it!” laughs Priyadarshan. “He took the title Ishqiya. And once that was out, there was no point in calling my film Ishaq. So we’ve named it Garam Hawa after MS Sathyu’s classic.”
Priyadarshan hopes to live up to the title of Sathyu’s film. “I’m not such a bad filmmaker, you know. If I’m the director of De Dana Dan, I also made Kancheevaram.”