MUMBAI: Pakistani actress Mahira Khan will not be replaced in ‘Raees’ despite a ban on Pakistani actors enforced by Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association.
According to reports, the makers of the Shah Rukh Khan film will go ahead with Mahira and shoot her remaining scenes at an “undisclosed” location. They think replacing her is not a cost-efficient option.
“Raees producers Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar and SRK and director Rahul Dholakia are all optimistic that by the time the film releases in January, things will cool down,” Indian Express reported.
Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan are among the other Pakistani actors, who have been banned from working in Bollywood in the aftermath of the Uri attack.
While Fawad returned to Lahore, his upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil got stuck in major trouble ahead of its Diwali release.
Much has happened in the past one month around the controversy. MNS chief Raj Thackeray met ADHM director Karan Johar on Saturday and lifted the ban on the release of the KJo film. However, his demand about banning the Pakistani artistes continues.
Considering Mahira’s Raees is already on the verge of completing Raees, with only few opening scenes between her and actor SRK left to be filmed, the producers took the decision on practical grounds.
While Shah Rukh can shoot the remaining portions in Mumbai, it is now impossible to get Mahira in India for the same. According to speculations, the entire unit will fly to Abu Dhabi where they will recreate the Mumbai set.
Raees is Mahira’s Bollywood debut. She has already shot for over 20 days with SRK at various locations before the controversy broke