A journalist-scriptwriter, Mushtaq Sheikh has the distinction of having written three books on Shah Rukh and/or his projects - 'The Making of Asoka', 'Devdas - The Indian Hamlet' and his most recent 'SRK - Still Reading Khan'. He has now written a book on the making of the film titled "The Making of Om Shanti Om." Also, if sources are to be believed, the book would be arriving in foreign languages as well. On the eve of the book's release, Joginder Tuteja catches up with Mushtaq Sheikh who talks about the idea behind the film, certain interesting episodes in the book, exclusive photos of Shahrukh and a lot more.When and how did the idea for writing this book originate?
When I was writing the film with Farah the idea came to me. I discussed this with Farah and Shah Rukh and both gave me the go ahead signal. I decided to write the making. The fact that I was working closely on the film gave me the push start to take up the idea. I was going to the have the all access card for the film, so I thought I would multi task and write a book too. Anyway writing a book on a film is always challenging and for a film like Om Shanti Om it becomes even more daunting. The whole process of shaping, a movie being made - into words sets my adrenaline racing. And the way the book has shaped up, I think we have hit the bull's eye.
How did you go about preparing for it?
When you write a book on a making of a movie, all you have to do is to keep all your senses alert and sharp. Eye for detail, eye for the not so detailed - all should be finely attuned. All this simply because one has to get the reader there - Right where the movie is being made. I always feel that for writing a book about movies one should love the art form. One should breathe, sleep and burp movies; I am one such creature. Movies are my G spot.
What could possibly be the most interesting episodes in this book?
The most interesting part of the book certainly will be the chapter 'Borne Again' - a chapter on re-incarnation. Its an interesting chapter where I am touching on reel and real understanding of re-incarnation. The chapter has thrown some interesting insights of the stars and the technicians...and for further details you will have to read the book itself.
After already done three books with SRK like 'The Making of Asoka', 'Devdas - The Indian Hamlet' and 'SRK - Still Reading Khan', how much scope remains in this new book to touch upon his off-screen persona?
After my books on SRK, there is no scope for anyone to write anything about SRK for that matter. Three books quite cover everything I hope. Jokes apart this book is about the movie Om Shanti Om. Its about Om the character, not Shah Rukh Khan. If you want off screen stuff about SRK, pick up 'Still Reading Khan'.
SRK fans would surely be lapping up on this book. What do you have to give to those who are not (of course a far lesser number)?
If you are not a SRK fan, then you must have seen at least one Hindi film. And by any luck if you have seen even one Hindi film then you should pick the book up. Because as I said earlier this book is a celebration of the movies. Just like Om Shanti Om is. A movie that celebrates movies and movie people. And to make things even spicier there is re-incarnation. What more could one ask for? And if nothing else works for you, there is SRK with yummier ab photos exclusively done for the book.