Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Raees‘ has run into trouble owing to the presence of Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in it. But, after the MNS party members along with CM of Maharashtra decided that producers who have a Pakistani artist in their film will donate Rs 5 crore for the Indian Army, the makers got some respite.
But, this entire situation would have been avoided completely only if the makers of the film had gone ahead with their original choice of actress. Yes, before Mahira was roped in as the main lead opposite SRK, co-producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani had approached former Femina Miss India (2011) Ankita Shorey.
Ankita confirmed this with a leadig daily, “Yes, I was the initial choice for the female lead of the film. In fact I went through the look test for the role as it is a character of a Pakistani Muslim girl, and they (filmmaker/producers) were looking for a certain face. I waited for six months for the confirmation and join the workshop to prepare for the role. However, there was a last minute change that happened.”
Ankita discovered about these rumours when she was in Paris for the French European India Fashion Week. She said, “When I read it online, the article clearly said that someone from the production house unveiled the story. Since the fact was right, I was silent and did not give my statement. Later heard rumours like I have been replaced because of my nationality and religion. There is no truth to that at all. So today I am making the official statement. As a human being, I had an expectation and I felt a little bad when I got to know it but I believe that everything happens for a reason. The only regret is that I missed out a chance to work with Excel Entertainment and Shah Rukh Khan. Mahira is a great actress, I am sure she has done a good job.”
We wonder what the makers have to say on this now!
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