She wooed everyone as the leading lady opposite Fawad Khan in the television show Humsafar and now she is set to make her Bollywood debut opposite non other than Shah Rukh Khan in Raees; well we are talking about Mahira Khan who has been roped in to essay the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s wife in Raees.
The casting of the leading lady of this film has been a mystery for a while with earlier reports suggested that Sonam Kapoor and very recently Kirti Sanon had bagged the big role in a Shah Rukh Khan starrer film, but with Mahira Khan the search has finally come to an end.
Mahira Khan visited Mumbai last month after her television serial Humsafar gained popularity in India. Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar were the quickest to move in, finalising the actress for Raees, which is being directed by Rahul Dholakia, who won a national award for his film Parzania.
The film has Shah Rukh Khan playing a don and is likely to have Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing a cop.
A source even stated that King Khan had dropped in at the audition to meet Mahira. Further, a source close to the production team stated that the makers were looking for an international face instead of a familiar Bollywood name, which explains how Mahira bagged the coveted role.
“She plays Shah Rukh Khan’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 the film’s director Rahul Dholakia and producers, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, believe she is perfect for the part.”
Mahira Khan is married to Ali Askari, with whom she had attended college in Los Angeles, on 13 July 2007 and together they have a son.
Though she is based out of Karachi, Mahira travels extensively. She came to limelight with her performance in Bol in 2011.