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 in Indian media.
Considering the movie already on the verge of completing, with only few opening scenes between her and actor SRK left to be filmed, the producers took the decision on practical grounds. The makers of the film, with Shah Rukh Khan in lead role, will go ahead with Mahira and shoot her remaining scenes at an “undisclosed” location, the 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.
People behind the movie think replacing Mahira 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,” the newspapers said citing its sources in Bollywood.
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.