Published On: Fri, Oct 14th, 2016

Raees director rejects Mahira Khan replacement claims

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Raees director rejects Mahira Khan replacement claims

MUMBAI: Director of upcoming Bollywood flick Raees had rejected reports regarding replacement of Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in the film.

An Indian news website stated that that Ritesh Sidwani said that he could not understood where the rumours were circulating from.

He added that he shot the film with Mahira Khan for 45 days and the shooting of the flick has already been complete.

Sidhwani said, “I do not understand where all this is coming from. I would only say one thing – I have shot with the girl for 45 days and finished the film.”

He also disclosed the reasons as to why he was not commenting on the earlier reports regarding Mahira Khan’s replacement.

“I was not reacting to such reports or commenting because I feel that when someone speculates something and you go and respond to it, you are providing a platform to such speculations and rumours. I feel it is better to ignore such things,” Sidhwani said.

Earlier, Indian media reports claiming that Mahira Khan has been dropped from Shahrukh Khan-starrer Raees.

It should be noted that extremist parties in India had warned that they will not allow Raees to be released peacefully unless all of Mahira Khan’s scene from the flick are omitted from the flick.

Raees — which stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles — is set to release on 26th January 2017.

The plot of the film circles around a bootlegger (Shah Rukh Khan) whose business is being challenged by a police officer (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).

Raees director rejects Mahira Khan replacement claims (2)

After rumours about Mahira Khan being replaced in Raees followed by the news that the release of the movie was being postponed made rounds, the director Ritesh Sidhwani finally spoke out to lay them to rest.

Refuting the rumours of Mahira Khan’s alleged replacement after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party demanded a ban and removal of Pakistani artistes in Bollywood, Ritesh Sidhwani, who was in Delhi to attend his wife Dolly’s debut fashion show, categorically said, “I do not understand where all this is coming from. I would only say one thing – I have shot with the girl for 45 days and finished the film, I hope that clarifies things.”

The director, visibly annoyed at having to give importance to what were baseless rumours, further said, “I was not reacting to such reports or commenting because I feel that when someone speculates something and you go and respond to it, you are providing a platform to such speculations and rumours. I feel it is better to ignore such things. I don’t want to talk about ‘Raees’, I am here to cheer for my wife.”

 

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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