SRK Meets Raj Thackerey Ahead Of ‘Raees’ Release

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Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan on Sunday met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray at his residence here.

The meeting, that took place in the evening, assumes significance as Khan’s upcoming film “Raees”, which features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, is scheduled for a release next month, party sources said.

 Minutes after Shah Rukh called on MNS chief Raj Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai on Sunday, Thackeray said, “Although it was clarified during the meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that no Pakistani artist or technician will be taken in any of the upcoming Bollywood movies. He (Shah Rukh) had come to inform me that rumours about Mahira Khan promoting Raees are false. He specifically came to clarify Mahira will not be a part of the promotions in India.”

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Earlier, Raees producer Ritesh Sidhwani had come out in strong support of the Pakistani actor. Sidhwani said if need be, the actor would be invited to India to promote the movie as there is no governmental restriction on Pakistani actors to enter India.

Thirty one-year-old Mahira Khan, who hails from Pakistan’s Karachi, is the female lead in Raees.

Notably, the MNS has in the past objected to casting of Pakistani actors in Bollywood movies citing the neighbouring country’s involvement in terrorist attacks in India. Earlier in October, the MNS had staged high-voltage protests against the release of filmmaker Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

The Bollywood superstar had previously run into trouble for the release of “My Name is Khan” in 2010, with another right wing party, Shiv Sena, opposing its screening then.