Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, who is making her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Raees’ has gone through a lot over the past few months.
Where every girl dreams of starring opposite SRK, Mahira actually got the opportunity to become a part of Bollywood, star with SRK and have an amazing experience for a lifetime. But unfortunately because of the Uri attacks in September, 2016, government decided to ban Pakistani artists in Bollywood until normalcy returns.
While Raees will still be releasing in India, Mahira is unable to promote the movie here. Speaking about it with a leading Pakistan daily, Mahira said, “Yes I’m grateful, but it’s something I have worked for! Why shouldn’t I feel it? Just because I’m an actor? Just because it’s a film? Just because it seems like fluff? I also want to promote the film. I also want to be in an interview with Shah Rukh Khan talking about it. Why not? Why is it I get told that that’s asking for too much? It isn’t! It is my right. This was also my film.”
When asked if she feels disappointed about ‘Raees’ not likely to release in Pakistan, Mahira said, “I want my country to see this. I want everybody to see it, every person in the world. My friends keep saying you did it, it’s enough, you can just keep it in a box somewhere.I do that, but there’s a part of me that says, no, I want everybody to see my blood sweat and tears for these two years, because it’s been tough and I want people to see it even if I fail at it.”
The Pakistani starlet further said, even if she’s ‘dying for it to come here’, she has learnt ‘there are some things that are out of your reach’.
The actress then described the ‘magical’ experience of working with the Badshaah of Bollywood as she said, “Shah Rukh Khan is magic really, honestly. He spoilt me for life. There’s nothing you can’t talk to him about and we’ve had amazing conversations. It’s so much fun to talk to someone who’s intelligent.”
“It’s not just about films, he can talk about anything! He was watching [Netflix TV series] ‘Narcos’ while we were shooting, he can talk about books and history. Of course I’ve always been a fan. But if you watch his interviews, you can tell he’s witty, smart. I think he’s hilarious, sometimes at my expense”, she added.