Mushtaq Shiekh, the screenplay writer of OSO and author of the book, The Making of Om Shanti Om, agreed to act in the film only if he was given screen space with SRK
BESIDES penning the coffee-table book The Making Of Om Shanti Om, Mushtaq Shiekh is also the film’s screenplay writer and has also acted in Farah Khan’s movie.
“I agreed to do the role only if I shared screen space with Shah Rukh and could threaten him.
I had earlier done an appearance in Farah’s Main Hoon Na in which I also warned him. I can only threaten SRK for my career as an actor!” laughs Mushtaq.
In OSO, Mushtaq features in a scene in which he is sleeping on the road and wakes up to give SRK’s character of a junior actor, a piece of his mind.
Apparently, when the credits rolled, Farah wanted the tagline with Mushtaq’s name to read as roadside beggar. But being the writer, he changed it to roadside sleeper.
“Having done the screenplay of the film, I had that much clout to have my character credit altered. I am shown sleeping on the street so I am the roadside sleeper!” guffaws Mushtaq.
Close to heart
Mushtaq has earlier penned The Making of Asoka (Santosh Sivan’s film starring SRK and Kareena Kapoor) as well as Still Reading Khan, a biography of the actor. But he considers The Making of Om Shanti Om extremely dear to him.
“In the earlier two books I was the third eye but this project for me is a journey from paper to celluloid. I was there with Farah when we began drafting the script and creating the characters. So I have been with the film from Day One.
Beyond the camera
The Making of Om Shanti Om is slated to hit bookstores along with the film’s release. Published by Om Books International, the 172 pages book is priced at Rs 495.
“The book provides a complete behind-the-scenes guide . We had a German photographer throughout the shoot who has taken several candid shots of the cast and crew.
I was continuously at the shoot capturing the nuances of the shoot. There is 50 per cent text and 50 per cent pictures, all exclusive. Besides details about the filming and trivia, it also takes a look at junior artistes of the ’70s and where they are now as the film’s main character is a junior artist.”
Mushtaq adds that the book is a complete guide to the film. “It makes more sense to read the book after watching Om Shanti Om — you will understand exactly why it was so in the film.”