On Monday Shah Rukh Khan paid the MNS chief Raj Thackeray a visit to assure him that the leading lady of Raees from Pakistan won’t be coming to India to promote the film.
A source close to the film says the visit was entirely Shah Rukh’s own decision. “He didn’t take anyone from the film’s team into confidence. But being the film’s co-producer he initiated a move to ensure his film’s smooth release.”
The source feels the extra-constitutional authority being attributed to political factions could spell trouble for the future of our cinema. “Today Shah Rukh goes to the MNS to ensure them that Mahira Khan is not coming to India. Tomorrow, the MNS may demand that individuals from specific communities not be allowed to work in our films at all.”
However a source close to Raees reveals that Shah Rukh’s visit to the MNS chief was necessity dictated by the rumour that he intended to shoot a song with Mahira Khan in Dubai to avoid the anti-Pakistan glare in Mumbai.
“This was completely wrong.We’ve shot all the portions that were needed with MahiraKhan. There was no need or any move to shoot a new song with Shah Rukh and Mahirain Dubai or anywhere else.Such loose talk was damaging the smooth release of Raees,” says the source.
Producer Ritesh Sidhvani confirms that rumours of extra shooting with Mahira are completely false.