While it was reported that Pakistani actress Mahira Khan will be replaced as the leading lady from Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Raees’, the recent reports suggest something else.
A source confirms, “The team isn’t looking for a replacement to Mahira. It just isn’t cost-efficient. The film’s producers Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar and SRK and director Rahul Dholakia are hoping that by the time ‘Raees’ releases, things will cool down. They will shoot her remaining portions mid-November at a secret location in Abu Dhabi.”
The reason why Mahira has not been replaced is logical and practical at the same time. “She shot for over 20 days with SRK at various locations. Also, she plays a young girl of 18 who matures to 35 years and it will be impossible to find a top B-Town actress of such calibre and dates to coordinate with SRK. To reshoot those scenes again would be a nightmare. Hence Mahira remains in ‘Raees’,” adds the source.
The film is scheduled for a January 26 release, next year.
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