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Mumbai: The shy looking Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan, who has played the lead female role in Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming film Raees is unhappy and feeling frustrated. She had thought that her work with the top Bollywood actor will further her career, bring her into international limelight and lead her to more international roles.
But her dreams seem to have been shattered. And there are signs that the Bin Roye actress is feeling aggrieved for being forgotten despite playing a stellar role in Shah Rukh Khan film, Raees. The fact that unlike other actresses who work with SRK, she hasn’t been able to share television space with the star either in India or elsewhere.
The frustration is palpable in her complaining tone. Mahira wonders aloud, “Why is it I get told that I am asking for too much”.
The increased tension between India and Pakistan seem to have badly affected the beauty from across the border. Following the war-like hysteria that surrounded the Indian Subcontinent and brought India and Pakistan very close to war saw Indian film industry impose complete ban on Pakistani actors in India.
She further says, “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 thats asking for too much? It isnt! 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, its enough, you can just keep it in a box somewhere.I do that, but theres a part of me that says, no, I want everybody to see my blood sweat and tears for these two years, because its been tough and I want people to see it even if I fail at it.”
Despite her bitterness for her inability to promote the film and accompany SRK on the promotion tours, she is all praise for the Indian superstar. “Shah Rukh Khan is magic really, honestly. He spoilt me for life. Theres nothing you cant talk to him about and weve had amazing conversations. Its so much fun to talk to someone whos intelligent”, says she.
The actress who got divorced after almost ten years of marriage is smitten by SRK. “Its 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 have always been a fan. But if you watch his interviews, you can tell he is witty, smart. I think he is hilarious, sometimes at my expense” she added.
Raees is releasing in India on 25th January.