Pakistan star Maheera Khan dropped from ‘Raees’

Mahira Khan

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan plays a leading role in Raees.

The latest news is that Maheera Khan has been dropped from Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees as a strategy to circumvent the ban on Pakistani actors spearheaded by MNS.

A 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.”

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 with the situation with MNS stepping up pressure.

No official confirmation has come from the producers or SRK. This is not the first speculation about a Pakistani artiste being dropped from a film.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA), however, had a meeting with MNS and urged the political party not to hamper the release of the already shot films featuring Pakistani artistes.

Earlier, when asked about the reports, Sidhwani told reporters, “We are sticking to the release date we announced earlier for ‘Raees’. I don’t think something like a ban has happened”.

“The association has itself written to the government that people who have already made their films, who have completed their shooting, we should respect that. Let those movies release and whatever the government decides in the future, they will take a call on that,” he said.

The producer, however, chose not to comment on whether a ban on Pakistani artistes was justified, and said he was pained and saddened by the terrorist attacks. – CINEWS

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