Mahira Khan to star opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees

Published: December 16, 2014
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Mahira, whose Adnan Malik-starrer drama Sadqay Tumhare is currently being aired, has mostly been playing the girl-next-door prototype. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

Mahira, whose Adnan Malik-starrer drama Sadqay Tumhare is currently being aired, has mostly been playing the girl-next-door prototype. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

Humsafar’s leading lady Mahira Khan is slated to make her debut in Bollywood starring opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the much talked about Raees, according to the Times of India

Mahira visited Mumbai last month after her television serial Humsafar gained popularity in India. Mega producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar were the quickest to move in, finalising the actress for ‘Raees’ which is being directed by Rahul Dholakia, who won a national award for his film Parzania.

The film has Shah Rukh Khan playing a don and is likely to have Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing a cop. A source said that SRK had dropped in at the audition to meet Mahira, according to the ToI.

Further, a source close to the development told Mirror that the makers were looking for an “international” face instead of a familiar Bollywood name, which explains how Mahira bagged the coveted role.

“She plays SRK’s wife in the film. He’s a gangster based in Gujarat while Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the cop who traps him in Mumbai. It’s a complex role and both the film’s director Rahul Dholakia and producers, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, believe she is perfect for the part.”

The casting of the leading lady of this film has been a mystery for a while with earlier reports suggested that Sonam Kapoor and very recently Kirti Sanon had bagged the big role in a Shah Rukh Khan starrer film.

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  • Waqar Ahmed
    Dec 16, 2014 - 3:07AM

    Biggest news. Be ready Pakistanis to watch ‪#‎KingSRK‬ with the talented actress from your country ‪#‎MahiraKhan‬.
    P.S: Agar yeh news sach hui to I’ll be the happiest guy on earth.
    Ise kehte hain Debut A Big LOL on ‪#‎HumaimaMalik‬

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  • Natasha
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:02AM

    OMG.. if true this will be the biggest B’town casting coup by a Pakistani actor! You go girl!

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  • GS@Y
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:20AM

    @Waqar Ahmed: You do realize hashtags don’t work in a comment space like this?

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  • KashmiriMuslim
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:38AM

    If this is true than this may be the biggest news in the history of pakistan….Pakistanis will again see themselves as someone who are being followed by the worlds biggest superstars…..pakistan will be the center of gravity of the earth after mahira comes besides SRK……and moreover pakistan will become the future decisionmaker of world and all the decisions will be taken after asking pakistanis only…..

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  • Golden Words
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:57AM

    Dont you have any pretty actresses in pakistan? Atleast one?

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  • samir
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:44AM

    @Golden Words: We keep them to ourselves and send the boys instead

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  • Klobania
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:01AM

    @golden words yeah we don’t have any pretty face in Pakistan that is why time and again our ugly faces actresses make it to top actors of bollywood… yet a single actress of yours beautiful ladies make a mark at pakistan or any international arena….

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  • Faraz
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:16AM

    @samir:
    Jeez that was funny dude ! Thanks for the laughs

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  • True Karachiwala
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:41AM

    Gifted actor, Mahira. She deserves it and and selection will prove to be a right one.

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  • Np
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:44AM

    @Klobania:
    Thus far not a single actor of yours has made it to the top in India. Ali Zafar has not had any hit as a solo hero. Fawad Khan’s debut film just managed to recover cost for its producers. Less said the better for Humaima’s debut.

    To say that not a single actor or actress from India has been poplar in Pakistan is a joke. They are all over our billboards and their movies are what is keeping the cinema houses open.

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  • Ali Salman
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Its a shame that we are having proud of our nation’s dignity to put in our rival hands, sorry i am not moderate and I had some respect for Mahira & its a sad news for me. . .

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  • Ali Salman
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:37PM

    Our women need to maintain their dignity rather than going in bollywood and spoil their sober image , not happy with Mahira’s decision , it’s not a big honor as every one is so happy to put their dignity in someone’s hand, my suggestion to Mahira is to maintain her Level and dont follow humaima and veena malik’s path as many of us has some respect for her.
    Lots of people wont be agree on it but sorry i am not brought minded.

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  • wb
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:50PM

    I find it interesting that this girl, whoever it is, is going to be around one of the worst actors of history.

    If you notice, I didn’t use the word act, I just said, going to be around.

    And what are Pakistanis proud of?

    And then you accuse us of having inferiority complex.

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  • Haider
    Dec 16, 2014 - 2:39PM

    @Np
    Firstly i am the die hard fan of SRK….And i love bollywood….Pakistan is a Fan of Bwood and its a truth…
    cmin on to your questions.TBL and Chashme Badoor are Hits and Ali is a very good actor stated by your critics…
    cmin onto Khoobsurat it did around 25 crores in India and around 3 million USD in overseas…If we only see collections in India then it only recovered cost but overseas collections(thanks to Fawad popularity in Pak and UK) were phenomenal and making movie a worldwide HIT….His Dramas Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar are grand HITs in India and Zee Zindagi is India’s 7th Biggest drama channel in India which only show Pakistani dramas. you are aware of Pak Singers rocking in India…From Atif to Rahat to Mustafa Zahid.and many more…
    i am very pleased that my favourites Srk-Mahira coming together…
    Cmin onto your answer that Indian films making cinema open but Pakistani films are earning very big…Na Maloom Afraad beat Srk Happy New Year……

    Top 5 Grossers in Pakistan
    1 Dhoom 3 25 crores
    2 Waar (Pakistani) 23 crores
    3 Chooriyan (Pakistani) 20 crores
    4 Kick 16 crores
    5 Bol (Pakistani) 12 crores

    In Top 5 3 are Pakistani films….

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  • Haider
    Dec 16, 2014 - 2:41PM

    @wb
    plz see Humsafar she is already popular.Debut with Srk in Bwood what to ask for more.See Humsafar i with Gurantee state that you ll take ur words back..

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  • Yajooj
    Dec 16, 2014 - 2:45PM

    No way she can’t meet with the charisma of SRK..this is NO MATCH!

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Dec 16, 2014 - 3:24PM

    @Golden Words:
    Sanam Ch! Not only beautiful but also a born talent.

    If you understand Urdu then watch her serial MERE MEHRBAN!!!

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  • wb
    Dec 16, 2014 - 3:26PM

    @Haider:

    “plz see Humsafar she is already popular.Debut with Srk in Bwood what to ask for more.See Humsafar i with Gurantee state that you ll take ur words back..”

    I neither doubt her talent, nor do I care for it.

    But no matter what she is, she will still be standing around in a bollywood film.

    And Shah Rukh Khan is the worst actor in the history. He maybe a superstar. He’s still garbage.

    So, my point is as valid as it was before your comment.

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  • fifi
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:46PM

    mahira khan is the female shahrukhkhan of pakistan equally as famous in pakistan as he is in india. also abroad she has many fans, from tunisia to lebanon, uk to usa, pakistan to india people have seen her work. shahrukhkhan would not work with her unless she was A league actress.Recommend

  • Imran
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:51PM

    I am ashamed of people,s response to this news. I believe they have nothing left in their lives other than indian movies and stars. God has given us different personalities, attitudes, wealth, publicity to know how we behave in our life in order to succeed on the day of judgement rather than to work in indian movies and to earn more wealth.

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  • Np
    Dec 17, 2014 - 2:52AM

    @Haider:
    Chasme Baddoor was an ensemble film and hence cannot be called a solo Ali Zafar hit. TBL recovered costs. It was not a hit.

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  • Np
    Dec 17, 2014 - 3:11AM

    Please allow response to someone who has written to me.

    @Haider:
    I myself appreciate some Pakistani singers e.g. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali. They are however not filmstars and are unrelated to the context in which I responded. Incidentally Atif has sung less than 20 Bollywood songs in 9 years when at least 4000 songs must have been released in Bollywood, so do not exaggerate his success.

    Separately you need constant releases to keep cinema halls running. That quantity is nt forthcoming and that was the context of my response to someone who claimed that no Indian actors are popular in Pakistan.

    TBL was average, not a hit. Chashme Baddoor was a hit but it was not a solo hero movie. It was an ensemble film.

    I liked Fawad in Humsafar and Khoobsurat and do not wish to undermine his talent. But at this stage, he cannot be considered a star in Bollywood. He may become one in the future – one can never say. In the last 2 years many new boys have hit Bollywood who have one or more mies with much higher collection: Varun Dhavan, Ranveer Singh, Siddharth Malhotra, Arjun Kapoor, Tiger Shroff. None of these people are considered stars yet – so no question of considering Fawad a star in India.

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  • Mr khan
    Dec 25, 2014 - 2:49AM

    It is the talent that speaks itself . Mk selection for the movie is keeping in view her skills that is true recognition of her works. Quality and standard hv to b maintained by mk for success as she has won the role against top bollywood actresses.

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  • parveen.siddiqui
    Dec 25, 2014 - 11:52PM

    Wow what a great news first movie with srk congrats mahira

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  • RANI
    Jan 11, 2015 - 3:30AM

    Indians’ comments are proving their jealousy .
    sanjay said
    i have never seen such beauty like in PAKISTAN ever before.so keep the views of yours ideals ones in your mind nd than say anything.

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