Exciting Tidbits About Mahira Khan And SRK’s Film ‘Raees’.
One of the most anticipated films of the year has got to be ‘Raees’, starring the stunning Pakistani Actress Mahira Khan and Bollywood legend Shahrukh Khan. The exciting tale brings the two together in a sensual romance where Mahira acts as the wife of an 80’s gangster (Shahrukh) along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui who will be playing a cop.
The film will be Mahira’s debut in the Bollywood industry. A common face in Pakistani dramas, Mahira was visiting India for the promotion of her drama ‘Hamsafar’ when she decided to randomly audition for ‘Raees’ and ended up getting the main part!
The two main actors have also coyly expressed their secret delights at working with each other. When questioned about her favorite actor by the media, Mahira replied,
“I would be cheating on Shah Rukh, if I take another name here. I would love to work with him some day. I have been his fan ever since I was 13 years old, and my love for him stays strong even today,”
The actor expressed similar sentiments as he confessed to admiring Mahira Khan’s stellar acting skills on dramas.
“Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan are there in the film (Raees). Both of them are very accomplished actors. I think the cast is really wonderful. Now I would have to excel and perform like them.”
The producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar were quick to offer Mahira the role, announcing her part on Twitter earlier in December 2014. Closer sources revealed that the producers were hoping to cast an ‘international’ star in place of a typical Bollywood actress and felt that Mahira would thus be ideal for the role.
“She plays SRK’s wife in the film. He’s a gangster based in Gujarat while Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the cop who traps him in Mumbai. It’s a complex role and both the film’s director Rahul Dholakia and producers, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, believe she is perfect for the part.”
Mahira strongly believes that nationality, caste and creed do not determine the quality of one’s ability and is whole heartedly supportive of diversity amongst actors. She had stated,
“Pakistani actors have no edge over Indian actors as only a good actor has an edge over a weak actor or a hardworking actor has an edge over a lazy actor but Nationality has nothing to do with it.”
The much awaited film follows a rich, exhilarating storyline with the story based in the Ahmedabad of the 1980’s. Due to the fact that Ahmedabad has changed significantly since that time due to modernization and industrialization, much of the set needs to be built from scratch and thus a large part of the set is being constructed currently at Film City in Mumbai where scenes and backdrops are being created to replicate the nostalgic era.
It has been revealed that some of the scenes are even going to be shot indoors in order to gain more control over them. The fine, intricate details of the set design are being looked into in order to make the film as realistic as possible and besides Mumbai, parts of the film will be shot in the rural areas of Gujrat as well.
At the moment, artists and builders are working day and night to complete the set. Currently SRK is shooting for Yash Raj Films’ Fan and will be joining the set of ‘Raees’ in March when the shooting is set to officially commence. What an exciting life!
Author: Rabia Ahmed | Published on DesiFreeTV.com