The two came face-to-face at the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s new blockbuster film The Irishman and Mr Javid said he was left dumbfounded at the public snub. He said: “I recognised him and put my hand out and said lovely to meet you, and you know what he does? He refuses to shake my hand. He says, ‘I am not shaking your hand.’ I am completely shocked. He said, ‘When you were culture secretary you didn’t support my friends in [press campaign group] Hacked Off.’
“I think that is incredibly rude. I wonder if people like Hugh Grant think they are part of the elite and they look down on working-class people no matter what station they reach in life.”
During his bid for the Conservative Party leadership in June Mr Javid, 49, said he was an outsider who owed his rise to his parents and sheer hard work.
A campaign video featuring his wife Laura and their four children focused on his upbringing in Bristol, where his father arrived in 1961 with just £1 before becoming a bus driver in the city.
He said: “Mum and Dad were workaholics and they taught me the value of hard work. I always wanted to make my family proud.
“I got into politics because I love my country and I want to give people more opportunities than I had. These are incredibly challenging times. We need leadership. We need someone who can help heal the country.”
Speaking to ES Magazine, Mr Javid said the recent film Blinded By The Light, based on broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir, resonated with him.
He said: “It reflected a lot of my own childhood and I was very emotional… [His parents’ shop] was sprayed with the word ‘Paki’ on the window about five or six times and I would feel so sorry for my mum who would have to take it off. Watching [the] film brought it all back.”
He said the elite “can afford to screw up”. “Whereas people like me and you don’t get second chances, don’t have that easy language on your fingertips, haven’t got that funny anecdote to get out of that difficult situation, so you question your self-confidence.”
Mr Javid, home secretary before his Treasury move, said: “There was too much chance in my story and too many kids I grew up with weren’t so lucky.”
He is the first Asian to hold a great office of state and was a Deutsche Bank boss before becoming an MP in 2010.
The full interview appears in today’s ES Magazine.