By Saurabh Gupta
Raees is a 2017 Indian action crime thriller film directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under their banners Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Mahira Hafeez Khan is a Pakistani actress and former VJ. One of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actresses, she is the recipient of several awards. She was listed tenth in a ‘Sexiest Asian Women’ poll by Eastern Eye in 2015. She was also called Pakistan’s sexiest woman in 2015.
Khan started her career as a VJ in 2006, hosting the live show Most Wanted on MTV Pakistan which was aired three days a week. She then hosted Aag TV‘s reality show Weekends with Mahira in 2008, where she played music videos, spoke to celebrity guests and took phone calls from viewers
In early 2017, Khan co-starred in Rahul Dholakia‘s Indian film Raees, which was her debut in the Hindi Film Industry. Before the release of film, ‘Indian Motion Picture Producers Association’ (IMPPA) and ‘The Film Producers Guild of India’ decided to ban all Pakistani actors, actresses and technicians working in India due to the tensions created after 2016 Uri terror attack, till the situation gets normal. Reportedly, there was rumours that Khan’s scenes would be deleted from the film or she would be replaced by some other actress. Shah Rukh Khan, the co-producer of the film, said that Mahira would not be allowed to promote the film in India. Khan repeatedly received threats from Shiv Sena, a far-right Indian political party. Despite of facing many controversies, the film released in January 2017.
the co-producer of the film, said that Mahira would not be allowed to promote the film in India. Khan repeatedly received threats from Shiv Sena, a far-right Indian political party. Despite of facing many controversies, the film released in January 2017.
In December 2016, Khan became a victim of false news after anti-India comment emerged ahead of the release of her Bollywood debut film Raees.
Raees was said to be based on criminal Abdul Latif‘s life but, the filmmakers denied this, saying “The story of the film is a pure work of fiction, not based on any person; living or dead. The film released on 25 January 2017.
The film was scheduled to be released on Eid, 6 July 2016, but was postponed to avoid box office competition with Salman Khan starrer Sultan. The film was then rescheduled to be released on 26 January 2017, India’s Republic Day, which conflicted with Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil, but then both films were moved to 25 January 2017.[ Raees opened to 3500 screens worldwide.
- Shah Rukh Khanas Raees
- Mahira Khanas Aasiya, Raees’ wife
- Nawazuddin Siddiquias Police Officer Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar
- Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyubas Sadiq, Raees’ friend and confidante
- Sheeba Chaddhaas Raees’ mother
- Master Shubham Chintamani as young Raees
- Master Shubham Tukaram as young Sadiq
- Atul Kulkarnias Jairaj
- Narendra Jhaas Musabhai
- Jaideep Ahlawatas Nawab, Musabhai’s assistant
- Uday Tikekaras Pashabhai
- Pramod Pathak as Chief Minister of Gujarat
- Utkarsh Mazumdar as Doctor, Eye specialist
- Loveleen Mishra as Ratna madam, School teacher
- Anil Mangeas Qasim
- Raj Arjun as Ilyas
- Bhagwan Tiwari as Inspector Devji
- Sunny Leoneas Guest appearance in song “Laila Main Laila”