The recent ban on Pakistani artistes in India by ‘Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association’ has implemented many changes to upcoming projects. But Pakistani beauty Mahira Khan is still going to be making her Bollywood debut in the film, ‘Raees’, alongside Shah Rukh Khan. Bearing in mind that Mahira is not allowed in India at the moment, they are to resume shooting in a secret location abroad.
Mahira, along with Shah Rukh Khan, had already filmed over 20 days worth of footage prior to the tensions between India and Pakistan and the film is almost complete. Replacing her at this point will not be a cost-efficient option since the film features her character’s evolution from an 18-year-old girl to a 35-year-old woman.
Raees producers, Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar and SRK, as well as director, Rahul Dholakia, all seem positive that by the time the film releases in January, India–Pakistan border skirmishes will be settled down. However, many have speculated that the secret location may be Abu Dhabi where they will replicate the Mumbai set and have the whole team flown out there.
On other hand, Fawad Khan is also been banned from Bollywood cinema due to his upcoming film ‘Ae Dil Mushkil Hai’, directed by Karan Johar. According to media reports, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met Karan Johar and lifted the ban on the release of his film ADMH, but his demand about banning the Pakistani artists still continues.