Reveals a source from Shahrukh"s production house, “The first actor approached to play the role of the villainous producer Mukesh Mehra in Om Shanti Om was Vivek Oberoi but Vivek declined the role, since he didn"t want to be seen in a negative role, in the mega film starring King Khan. Then the next actor to be approached was Shiney Ahuja.
“His Gangster back then had just released, and he had been winning accolades for his acting skills in Hazaaron Khawaishen Aisi and Gangster. In fact, Shahrukh even had a few meetings with Shiney over the role. But Shiney finally opted out of playing the part, since perhaps he thought this villain"s part might slot him as a negative role specialist actor and it would become a dead end for his solo hero aspirations."
Well Shiney"s loss was Arjun Rampal"s gain as his non-happening acting career suddenly flourished after Shahruukh took him under his wing. But for Shiney, his career never took off from where he started!