Has Mahira Khan been replaced as Raees heroine? Director Rahul Dholakia says this

Has Pakistani actor Mahira Khan been dropped as Raees heroine? This is what the director of Shah Rukh Khan's film Rahul Dholakia has to say.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 10, 2016 9:36 am
Raees, Mahira Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Raees movie, mahira khan image Has Mahira Khan been dropped as Shah Rukh Khan’s heroine in Raees?

The escalating tension between India and Pakistan and MNS call for ban on Pakistani artistes has been making news every day. After MNS said they will block the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Fawad Khan and Raees starring Mahira Khan, there were speculations regarding how the filmmakers will cope.

On Sunday evening, a DNA report claimed that Maheera Khan has been dropped from Shah Rukh Khan’s film. Quoting an unnamed source, the report said, “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.”

While no official confirmation came from the producers or SRK, the film’s director Rahul Dholakia tweeted late in the night, “Cooker ki saat seeti Baj chuki hai, aag dena bandh kar” (not a line from Raees, I has better dialogues). He didn’t name anyone in the tweet.

This is not the first speculation about a Pakistani artiste being dropped from a film. After MS Dhoni: The Untold Story came out, a website reported that the makers had dropped Fawad Khan who played the role of Virat Kohli in the film. However, film’s producer Fox Star denied the news and said Fawad was never a part of the film.

Shaha Rukh Khan’s Raees is supposed to release on January 26 when it will clash with Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil.

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  1. I
    Oct 10, 2016 at 9:55 am
    If the movie cannot be completed in India why not to complete it in stan they are not banning any people from the industry
    1. A
      Oct 11, 2016 at 9:36 am
      'I has better dialogues' *dead*
      1. A
        Oct 10, 2016 at 4:19 pm
        I has? Or I have? Come on Twitter, you are giving handles to people with strange vocabulary
        1. A
          Oct 10, 2016 at 12:49 pm
          India should not allow stanis to work here. We have millions of people who are starving, it makes no sense to help people from other countries. According to UN 21 percent Indians are extremely poor (less than 2 dollars a day) as opposed to stan which has only 8 percent in that category. Lets take care of our poor people rather than helping already rich stanis.
          1. K
            Oct 10, 2016 at 6:57 am
            india must not issue visas to porkis
            1. L
              Oct 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm
              This has nothing to do with India doing a favor to stani artists or stani artists begging for roles. Its a business decision to cast stani artists so movie can make money in both Indian and stani markets. Stop casting stani artists and kiss the stani market goodbye. There is no noble cause here. Just money.
              1. P
                Oct 10, 2016 at 11:34 am
                papistan isn't safe for even papistanis
                1. P
                  Oct 10, 2016 at 7:56 pm
                  This is a good job by MNS who made these pro-papistanis to change their way from being profit hungry anti-national pigs
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