Pakistani beauty Mahira Khan has been roped in opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees. Mahira, a popular face in Pakistan gained fame in India with her TV series Humsafar with female heartthrob Fawad Khan, aired in India this summer.
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A leading daily reports, that the actress was approached by Raees producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar during her visit to India a few months ago. Raees, directed by Rahul Dholakia is a mafia-saga with SRK playing a gangster based in Gujarat. Mahira will play Shah Rukh Khan Wife.
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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 daily quoted a source as saying. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a cop who is up against the don. Casting of the leading lady for Raees had been quite a task for the makers. From Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra to Kriti Sanon, several actresses were considered for the part but it seems Mahira got lucky.