Mustazibullah Shaikh - I Got A Chance To Visit The Film Set When I Was 12, It Was Like A love At First Sight (Casting Director)


After completing my education, I booked a ticket to Delhi without telling anyone in my family. I stayed there for some days with my friends. No one had any idea what I was dreaming. I used plan and imagine myself as a filmmaker, therefore I had to leave my friends. I moved to Mumbai. Yes! Many years passed but the vibe that hooked me for years was same. I started to meet people, Directors, Producers, and other film makers.


1. Tell us about your background and journey.

My Journey is simple yet complicated. What others say it as struggle, I consider it as a travel. I belong to a Middle-class family based in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. I got a chance to visit a film set when I was just 12. It was like a love at first sight. Then and there I made my mind to join Bollywood.

After completing my education, I booked a ticket to Delhi without telling anyone in my family. I stayed there for some days with my friends. No one had any idea what I was dreaming. I used plan and imagine myself as a filmmaker, therefore I had to leave my friends. I moved to Mumbai. Yes! Many years passed but the vibe that hooked me for years was same. I started to meet people, Directors, Producers, and other film makers.

Meeting people made me understand this business better. I started to assist casting directors. After working for some time, I started to work independently.



2. How do you decide who to cast for an important role?

I only believe in casting actors who genuinely fit in the character. I put efforts for all the characters. Rest all criteria are secondary.



3. How did you start this business?

I got a chance to visit a film set when I was just 12. It was like a love at first sight. Then and there I made my mind to join Bollywood.

After completing my education, I booked a ticket to Delhi without telling anyone in my family. I stayed there for some days with my friends. No one had any idea what I was dreaming. I used plan and imagine myself as a filmmaker, therefore I had to leave my friends. I moved to Mumbai. Yes! Many years passed but the vibe that hooked me for years was same. I started to meet people, Directors, Producers, and other film makers.

Meeting people made me understand this business better. I started to assist casting directors. After working for some time, I started to work independently.



4. What is your biggest pet peeve in the audition room?

People with ego.



5. What qualities do you (or don’t you) look for in actors?

I see their dedication towards acting. People just wanting to become famous are the Biggest NO for me.



6. Who would you like to work with and why?

‘Guru Anurag Kashyap’. His work process, his concepts and realistic storyline makes me go wow.



7. Which is your favourite book and why?

Many. One of the recent one is ‘You’re the password to my life’. It has a great story line.




Mustazibullah Shaikh (Casting Director)



Mustazibullah Shaikh is a Mumbai based casting director & director, who is also fondly called as "Mr. Cast Machine" in the world of Casting. With a seemingly psychic eye for spotting Superstar Talent and matching them with projects. He believes that "An every actor/actress is star in his/her own way". the casting director, started his own firm in 2017 called as Mustazib Cast Machine (Casting Company).




- Interviewed By Pratibha Sahani

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