WHEN SRK GOT LATE TO OSO SHOOT

As Om Shanti Om com­pletes 10 years of its re­lease, ac­tor Shreyas Tal­pade re­calls shoot­ing the film and Shah Rukh Khan’s mod­esty

HT City - - Entertainment - rishabh.suri@htlive.com Rishabh Suri

The film Om Shanti Om was a trend­set­ter — from its di­a­logues (Re­mem­ber Ek Chutki Sin­door?), to the mu­sic (Dard E Disco and Ajab Si), ev­ery­thing was a big hit. Star­ring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead, the film re­mains iconic to this day.

This re­venge-cumre-in­car­na­tion drama, di­rected by Farah Khan, had ac­tor Shreyas Tal­pade play­ing the role of Om’s (played by Shah Rukh) best friend, Pappu Mas­ter, who en­cour­ages him to pur­sue his dream of be­com­ing a big movie star.

Re­mind Shreyas about the film com­plet­ing 10 years, and he re­veals how he landed the role. “Iqbal (2005) had re­leased, and I and Nagesh (Kukunoor, di­rec­tor of Iqbal) had wrapped up Dor. I and Farah used to go to the same gym, and I skipped a day. The next day, some­one told me that Farah had left her num­ber for me. I called her up, and she told me she was mak­ing a film, and whether I would like a nar­ra­tion.”

Shreyas goes on to re­late what tran­spired on the first day of shoot­ing, as Shah Rukh got late. “The first scene we had to shoot was the scene where I tell Om ‘Tu hero banega’. We’d been given a call time of around 8.30 in the morn­ing, and Shah Rukh got late. He came and apol­o­gised to ev­ery­one for be­ing 45 min­utes late. Farah, too, said, ‘Kya Shah Rukh, teri khud ki pro­duc­tion hai and you your­self are late?!” He po­litely said to us, ‘I am sorry, but you all please come by 10 to­mor­row be­cause I can’t come by 9.’ We all just cracked up!” Shreyas says.

The ac­tor also shares the in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence the cast had at Le­ices­ter Square, where the film had its world pre­miere. “The in­ter­views were hap­pen­ing on the red car­pet. Shah Rukh and I were wait­ing in the loo for our turn. So he said, ‘Ya­haan pe Tom Cruise ki film ka bhi pre­miere hua tha. We need to make sure ki apni film ke liye bhi log aayein’. He pro­posed that we dance on the red car­pet to our film’s songs to at­tract enough peo­ple,” he re­calls.

But what hap­pened next left Shreyas awestruck. “There were only 20-30 peo­ple when I, Ar­jun (Ram­pal, vil­lain of the film), and Deepika were wait­ing. But the mo­ment SRK’s car came, a huge crowd started gath­er­ing. It took him an hour to walk 50 me­tres from the red car­pet to the the­atre door, be­cause the press and peo­ple went crazy see­ing him. He was so hum­ble to think that not many peo­ple would turn up for the pre­miere!” he says.

We had been given a call time of around 8.30 in the morn­ing, and Shah Rukh Khan got late. He came and apol­o­gised to ev­ery­one for be­ing 45 min­utes late, and po­litely said, ‘I am sorry, but you all please come by 10am to­mor­row as I can’t come by 9’ SHREYAS TAL­PADE, AC­TOR

PHOTO: JASJEET PLAHA/HT

Shreyas Tal­pade says that de­spite be­ing a glob­ally­recog­nised su­per­star, Shah Rukh Khan was will­ing to dance at the world pre­miere of Om Shanti Om, in or­der to “at­tract enough peo­ple”

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