Yes, it's the Pakistani beauty who will play SRK's leading lady in Raees
Mahira Khan impressed the masses with her innocent charm as Khirad in Zindagi's Humsafar opposite the very handsome Fawad Khan. And now she is all set to make her big Bollywood debut opposite none other than Shah Rukh Khan.
Yes, Mahira has been signed as the leading lady in SRK's upcoming film, Raees, that also features Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Mahira visited Mumbai last month after Humsafar gained popularity in India. Producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar were the quickest to move in, finalising the Pakistani beauty for Raees, which is being directed by Rahul Dholakia.
The makers of Raees were looking for an "international" face, rather than a familiar Bollywood name, which explains how she bagged this prestigious role.
Sidhwani confirmed the development by posting a lovely photo shoot picture of Mahira on Twitter along with the status, which read, "Our leading lady in #Raees @themahirakhan @iamsrk @rahuldholakia @FarOutAkhtar."
A source close to the development reveals, "Mahira plays SRK’s wife in the film. He’s a gangster based in Gujarat while Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the cop who traps him in Mumbai. It’s a complex role and both Ritesh and Farhan, believe she is perfect for the part.”
Earlier reports suggested that Sonam Kapoor and very recently Kriti Sanon had bagged the role in Raees, but with Mahira's confirmation coming in from the producer himself, the Pakistani actress has indeed beaten Sonam and Kriti in this race.
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