Rahul Dholakia’s Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raaes will show how banned alcohol is sold unlawfully in Gujarat, but the director says there is nothing in the film to invite a backlash. The action-drama tells the story of bootlegger Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) whose business is challenged and eventually thwarted by a police officer, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
“There is nothing like that in the film that will invite backlash. Once you watch the film you will get absorbed in the world of Raees. There is nothing like that to be afraid of in the film. There is nothing against anyone, it is not bad about anyone,” Rahul told PTI. The Parzania director, who took two years to make Raaes, feels every film is a challenge.
“I think there are challenges in every film, especially when it is an original subject, so everywhere you have to fictionalise. It’s not that we have copied from somewhere.” Also starring Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, Raaes, produced by Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Gauri Khan, will open in theatres on January 25.
Meanwhile, Farhan Akhtar who is co-producing Raees spoke on the Raees-Kaabil clash. “We had no idea that they were planning to release on January 25. As far as we knew it was 26th of January. We had met him and we met Hrithik as well. These are the discussions that had happened. To avoid the first-day clash we said we would release on January 25,” said filmmaker in an interview with indianexpress.com.