Bad news for Mahira Khan’s fans! The Pakistani actress has been removed from Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees, according to reliable sources. Says a source,
“It was a very painful decision for producer Ritesh Sidhwani to take. The pressure to replace her had been building up for months. It reached a crescendo after the Uri attacks. It came to a point where it became impossible to shoot with any Pakistani artiste. People suggested all kinds of solutions to the impasse, including shooting in Dubai. But it didn’t seem viable. Now, Mahira has unfortunately been relieved of her duties.”
The movie Raees is still incomplete, a few opening sequences between Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan, who is Shahrukh Khan’s wife in the movie, are yet to be filmed, without which Raees would look incomplete. Raees was scheduled to release on January 26 next year and so the makers were not in a hurry to finish the shoot. After shooting for all the major portions, Shah Rukh shifted his attention to his films with Alia Bhatt (Dear Zindagi) and Anushka Sharma (The Ring). SRK was apparently going to shoot for the remaining bits of Raees in November.
However the recent ban has twisted all the situation. A recent report in a leading tabloid revealed to a leading Bollywood website BollywoodLife that while SRK can still shoot his scenes in Mumbai, it is impossible for Mahira to come to India and Soot the scenes. The makers would ideally have to shoot with her part in some foreign location, but the problem is that the song sequence requires both – Shah Rukh and Mahira.
But as we told you above, the makers don’t think it is viable and hence, they are planning to replace her with another B-town actress.
So, the hunt is now on for a Bollywood actress for the project.
“The Raees team needs to find a new girl in two weeks’ time,” says the source.
What do you guys think about this latest news about Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees?
Also if the reports are true, which actress should be cast in Raees?
Tell us about your thoughts in the comments section below! Also check out how Shah Rukh made Mahira forget her lines on the sets of Raees in the video right here: