When the makers are soon to release the second teaser of the film, news has it that Mahira Khan – Shah Rukh’s leading lady in Raees – wasn’t their first choice. Huma Qureshi was approached first for the role instead.
According to DNA India, the makers thought, “Huma would fit the bill and they also wanted a fresh pairing of sorts. But then, they got Mahira on board because the character required the actress to have a certain kind of mannerism and lingo and being a Pakistani, Mahira totally nailed it.”
“The film is based in the backdrop of the Muslim ghetto in Gujarat and Raees is essentially a story of this man who becomes powerful. The heroine’s role is also a prominent one –that of SRK’s wife, a Muslim woman,” sources told DNA India.
Making her debut in Bollywood with Raees, Mahira grabbed all the attention when she was announced to be playing the lead opposite SRK. Though not the first choice, she is the one to be seen as Shah Rukh’s wife in the film.
We hope Mahira becomes yet another Pakistani star who wins the hearts of fans across the border with her sparkling performance alongside King Khan who also considers Mahira to be the perfect choice for the role.
Directed by Rahul Dholakia, the film is slated to hit theatres this Eid with an expected clash with Salman’s Khan’s Sultan at the box office.