The ongoing tension between Pakistan and India and MNS’ call for a ban on Pakistani artists, is making headlines every day in Bollywood. After the MNS said that they will block the release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and ‘Raees’ as both the movies star Pakistani actors, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is now being replaced from Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, due for release on the Republic Day weekend.
A keeda close to the source tells us, “It was a very painful decision for producer Ritesh Sidhwani to take. The pressure to replace her had been building up for months. It reached a crescendo after the Uri attacks. It came to a point where it became impossible to shoot with any Pakistani. People suggested all kinds of solutions to the impasse, including shooting in Dubai. But it didn’t seem viable. Now, Mahira has unfortunately been relieved of her duties.”
A hunt is now on for a Bollywood actress. “The Raees team needs to find a new girl in two weeks’ time,” says the source.