Pakistani actress Mahira Khan opposite Shahrukh in Raees, Nawazuddin replaces Farhan Akhtar (older post updated)

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fter months of speculation, Mirror has learnt the identity of Shah Rukh Khan’s leading lady in his upcoming film Raees. It’s Mahira Khan, the Pakistani actress who made her film debut opposite singer-actor Atif Aslam in Shoaib Mansoor’s 2011 social drama, Bol. The stunner was introduced to Indian audiences recently with the TV show, Humsafar. She stars opposite current heartthrob Fawad Khan in the show which premiered on Zindagi channel.

A source close to the development told Mirror 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 SRK’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.”

The source added that the makers met the actress in the last week of November when she flew down to Mumbai to discuss the project.

With the cast in place, the film goes on floors in Mumbai in February 2015. Certain portions will be filmed in the interiors of Gujarat.

We contacted director Rahul Dholakia and producer Ritesh Sidhwani for a comment but they chose not to respond.

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Shah Rukh Khan decided to take his association with Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertaiment further after the success of the Don franchise. And their next has been titled Raees.

Directed by Rahul Dholakia, the film is said to have Shah Rukh playing a Gujarati character. Also, this film will see Farhan playing a prominent role. While this is the first time Shah Rukh and Farhan will be seen sharing screen space, it is being said that SRK will be playing a bootlegger and Farhan is to be a policeman who would be chasing the criminal in the film.

Raees is slated to go on floor in mid-2014 and will hit the silver screens on Eid 2015.

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54 Responses to “Pakistani actress Mahira Khan opposite Shahrukh in Raees, Nawazuddin replaces Farhan Akhtar (older post updated)”

  1. Nice one!Looking forward to this.

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  2. Anyway,Bachchan,Rajnikanth and Srk have been awarded all time Global legends by President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday at Rashterpati Bhawan New Delhi.

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  3. rarely a film gets you interested just with name and casting!

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  4. This thread is not updated from long time. Maybe need fresh thread.

    [post updated]

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  5. ^Yep its been confirmed by Ritesh Sidhwani
    Ritesh Sidhwani ‏@ritesh_sid 42m42 minutes ago

    Our leading lady in #Raees @themahirakhan @iamsrk @rahuldholakia @FarOutAkhtar pic.twitter.com/RflE6F9kkl

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    • Really? They couldn’t find anyone in the country to match the “talent” or looks of this girl? Shameful. I understand when Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sing hindi songs, they’re voices are incredible. But Mahira Khan is a below average actress and average looking.

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      • Maybe they need more authentic urdu speaking girl as the character is of muslim wife and set in 80’s. Also, shouldn’t be big role either to warrant a top actress.

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        • Movie turning out to be full on offbeat now..

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          • Hopefully. And yes, it is. Everything from the director to actress to music director is off beat. It might be getting a Christmas 2015 release which would be interesting if it’s off beat. But it’ll be nice to see SRK in 2 “different” movies that too in the the same year.

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          • May be SRK is angling for that debate again and play the victim card with BJP / Modi in power….!!

            But I am happy he is doing content based movies and hope dholakia is a strict director.

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        • Re: “Maybe they need more authentic urdu speaking girl as the character is of muslim wife and set in 80’s. ”

          Perhaps — although far too many of the younger actors and actresses in Pakistani TV serials have poor Urdu (often with a marked Punjabi accent and pronunciation — of course in itself that isn’t an issue, but would be if you are playing an “Urdu-speaking” Muslim Indian from the 1980s), and a very far cry from that of the veteran Pakistani artistes who typically these days play their parents on-screen… I doubt any “authenticity” concern motivated this casting: it’s probably a way to capitalize on her popularity and freshness, and also make waves with the overseas Pakistani audience (a greater component of SRK’s base overseas than for most other stars).

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          • So, SRK signed Mahira Khan to gain from her popularity? LOL. She’s not even top TV actor neither Movie actor.

            The character on which SRK’s role is based actually married a girl from Pakistan in 80’s. This casting seems the most logical thing to do when Pak actors access is easy now a days.

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      • Man, will SRK never stop doing this stuff!

        You get the Pakistani actress and for a film like this you get a better than normal audience overseas audience and perhaps even a great one. But then even when it’s a regular film you command more ‘loyalty’ from that cross-section of the audience. SRK has been pushing some of these buttons for years. We’ve had lots of ‘debates’ here on this. And again I don’t have a problem with getting an actress even as a business decision. Just that there’s a deeper cynicism here which I don’t like and which I don’t want to get into all over again.

        By the way I can’t stand Atif Aslam!

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        • Can’t bear Atif Aslam either – obnoxious twat.

          Regarding SRK, I dunno… Are audiences really so dumb that they would go see a movie because it has an actress from their own country?! You seem pretty convinced that this is all well plotted by SRK but if you’re right that this strategy actually works then it’s probably a sensible move given his dwindling popularity (at least amongst the people that I know, but from looking at the way the industry behaves he seems to be as powerful as ever).

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        • Satyam, you are streching it far. No Pak actors is worth time and planning for SRK & Farhan to devise a plan thinking overseas collections, no matter how popular they are. I don’t think any anyone is crazy enough to watch Raees only for Mahira Khan. Also, its more of side role and they always wanted new girl. If they could get a Pak actor for the role based on Paki girl, why not?

          I doubt they think that way or else they wouldn’t have taken Mahira Khan, who is married and have kids in real life, kinda rare to get debut opp big actor in Bollywood.

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          • Is there anything that prevents an Indian actress from playing a Pakistani? I rest my case..

            On the rest I don’t want to rake up an old debate here but SRK for years has been very cynically playing to the Pakistani contingent overseas (where it absolutely makes a difference) which itself wouldn’t be a problem inasmuch as it would only be a business decision but then he had also made some problematic (from my perspective) statements in the realm of Indian identity politics which for me rakes up the ghosts of the worst two-nation theory sort of arguments. All of this is not coincidental. There are dog whistles in politics and public life. One can employ them in certain ways. It’s not that taking a Pakistani actress makes a film a hit or makes it outgross D3 or something. That’s not the point. But it does create a base that is predicated much more on a certain kind of ideological loyalty, the kind which would not be given to say Salman or Aamir (just to stick to ‘Muslims’). To be very blunt about it the average Pakistani is much more likely to see SRK as ‘one of them’ the way the same is not at all going to do with Aamir especially but even Salman. The difference here is not just about genre (the same folks are showing up for other big Indian films as well) but about this kind of ideological messaging. Which then reaps dividends in the overseas markets and this is especially important for a star who at least since KANK has often seen a huge spread between his Indian returns and his overseas ones. Obviously Indians overseas are very loyal to SRK as well but they are so on genre grounds. with Pakistanis it’s this plus the ideological signals. So it’s a way of allowing a certain kind of support not to go too soft. What’s a good analogy here ‘within’ the Indian context. That of Amitabh Bachchan. He has never been seen as ‘Hindu’ among minorities. Uniquely so in the annals of Hindi cinema. Everyone of course knows that he’s Hindu. But ideologically (his film interventions, his politics and so on) they consider him one of their own. Within the Indian context therefore the ideological coding of Bachchan far outmeasures his simple identity. Even among Hindus by the way. No Hindutva-type would ever mistake him for one of their own (though in most cases they will have too much respect for him to say anything outright.. often here too Abhishek bears the brunt.. they take it out on him!). So in public life the ideological narrative often outpaces the simple identity of such a figure. The Pakistani audience too isn’t just about liking Indian Muslim actors (otherwise Aamir and Salman would be as popular with them). In the context of Indian cultural and political life Bachchan symbolizes a certain Nehruvian compact (I’ve written about this many times) which is most acceptable to minorities (and let’s add to most in the majority.. the BJP got 31% of the vote in this ‘tidal wave’ of an election). In the context of Indian-Pakistan politics SRK has increasingly started playing to a certain ambiguity. Because it works out for him in the ways I’ve described. The reason I don’t like it is that within this context this is as I see it a dirty card to play. It confirms the worst prejudices (certainly on the Right.. or put differently the caricature of the Indian Muslim always being minimally suspect in terms of ‘loyalty’ receives perverse confirmation if one of the country’s biggest stars also engages in such dog whistles from time to time). So if you’re SRK and pretending to be some of ‘victim’ in certain situations it’s more than a little laughable. So to be clear I am not arguing against SRK’s business decisions. But certain narratives are too charged to be dealt with so cynically. I joked with someone at the time that HNY must have really confused SRK’s Pakistani base!

            Again I’ve got into all of this into much greater detail in the past but this is not a coincidence by any means. To get back to the initial point weren’t both Pakistanis played by Indian actresses in VZ?!

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        • What’s your problem if SRK plots and plans for more popularity abroad or wherever?
          You seem to accept every gimmickery of Amir who plots and plans more deviously.

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          • And all this crying over, ‘did they not get any in India’ is so ridiculous. This attitude would mean there would never be any cross exchange of artistes and the Bollywood actors dying to work in Hollywood would have the Americans say the same.

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          • See my long comment here. I don’t have a problem with his business strategy. I have a problem with the politics he plays in this regard. The two bleed into each other. I wasn’t objecting to Fauad Khan in Khubsoorat. Because there was no political dimension to this. But SRK has said some things in the past which I don’t care for.

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      • If we were to say something like that in the UK we would be branded racist – eg ‘why are you getting an Indian for the job? we have better looking British people here’. I think the girl’s nationality is irrelevant when it comes to casting. They aren’t using government funds to make the movie.

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        • “They aren’t using government funds to make the movie.” Well said.

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        • There are Pakistani singers in Bombay, other actors have worked here. no one’s objected. consider the reception Ali Zafar gets everywhere. But SRK has engaged in dog whistle politics in the past. It would be one thing to cast the Pakistani never having said some of those things. That’s not the case here though I’m not going to re-enter that larger debate in all its details. Even here I’m not making a big deal here. But I reject the ‘there’s nothing to see here’ argument. And again I am not against business cynicism. I am against this when it has deeper political reverberations.

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        • { This is something I had written long back when SRK again courted controversy about an essay he had been asked to write in OUTLOOK. He did manage to again gain considerable footage with what he had written regarding Pakistan. It had irked me, a ‘bigot’ and had responsed. I don’t remember if I had written it here or elsewhere. This is very much in line with what he is now doing with the great casting coup he has achieved. }

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          What is it about SRK that irks people so much? I have often been wondering how and why is it that this guy ends up ruffling so many feathers at significant points in due course of the fag end of his ‘super-star’ career and the beginning—depending on his decisions of course—of what may or may not be a productive shift to a toned down career of heroism and more of ‘character-centric’ roles. Is it because of the fact that he almost always wears his religion on his sleeve and keeps harping on things related to his religious identity on and off? Why is it that the same ‘identity’ controversies do not hover over the other two of the Khan triumvirate in the Hindi film industry ? Why is it that they don’t find themselves at the dirty end of the ‘bigots’? Are these ‘bigots’ selective in darting their targets?

          Frankly, there is not much that is written in his essay for the magazine that he has not said before. In fact, there is absolutely nothing new. It is just polemics—littered with his oft-praised ‘humor’— that is written in high-flown English with little substance to add to what he knows or for that matter, what anybody in India knows. If one notices the time-graph, he is getting more into these ‘identity’ controversies only post-2007/08; in the phase after his illuminated past of once unbeatable streak commercially with regard to his films. Is it fair to say then, that he is unable to keep his ego in check and just longs for those days when he was the center of a newspaper though hundreds had died a fortnight previously in Latur due to an earthquake? The box-office space is now taken over by Salman Khan who is on a mad spree and the other Khan, Aamir had long time ago decided to carve a path of his own and not be a part of the Hindi film industry circus consciously (at least commercially). I would like to believe what irks the Indian public most of the time regarding his controversies is the ‘timing’. Out of the blue comes this article about the idiosyncrasies of being a ‘Khan’ in India. Where is the trigger point? If this isn’t ill-timed, what is? He is writing for an inaugural issue of an international magazine and the first thing that comes to his mind is identity? It only goes to show that obsession with his identity is more of a pre-occupation with him rather than the common populace or dare I say, even the ‘bigoted’ outfits. If he is so sub-consciously bothered about the ‘travails’ of being a Muslim in India, he would say that at every given point in his career, not at strategically placed moments of his career. The buildings fell on September 11, 2001. And we hardly heard his identity crises pre-CHAK DE INDIA. Frankly, one is confused regarding his complaints. Is his problem with Hindu-dominated India’s view or with the world-view of Muslims by non-Muslims? Because, if he is talking of world-view, his essay falls flat on its face since he primarily elucidates what the ‘bigoted’ parties of India think of him and hence the Muslim community. Now this supposedly Hindu-Indian view or suspicion always existed even before 9/11!! And that view was shaped—continues to be shaped— by the politics of the Indo-Pakistan relation. It had nothing to do with the post 9/11 view of Muslims in the whole wide world. Even if 9/11 were not to have happened, there is an almost cent-percent possibility that Muslims of India being viewed through the prism of Indo-Pak relations would have continued unabated. So why is his essay trying to dove-tail his being attacked by ‘bigots’ in India to what the Americans or the rest of the non-Muslim world has to say about Islam in general and Muslims in particular? And if his essay was so ‘heart-felt’, then I wonder why he chose to hide under the carpet of ‘bigoted’ parties? The sun and every flea surviving under the sun know that the ‘bigoted’ party that attacked him is Shiv-Sena. Why not name it? Which other party has attacked him? Has the BJP done it? Congress of course is always his friend. In a narrow way, Bajrang Dal or RSS might have done it during his Pakistan promotion for the Indian Greedy League cricket tournament. So why wither away from naming Shiv-Sena as the only culprit that has indulged in identity-bashing? (After the death of Bal Thackeray, SRK paid his ‘tributes’ and also gladly mentioned that he had pleasant ‘tea-parties’ with him.) Now the Shiv-Sena has always been at such mud-flinging parties. Even the great Dilip Kumar – whose talent and impact are of stratospheric proportions when compared to SRK’s acting skills and who had an unequivocal respect when it came to his conduct within and outside of the film industry—had to face the identity politics of Shiv-Sena. Had SRK, standing way behind in line led by Dilip Kumar in every aspect, expected something radical? It might be the business of Shiv Sena to rake up controversies and identity politics; it is their bread and butter splattered with few drops of blood of innocents. But why does he have to be so gullible (sly?) to invest right into this business? Isn’t he supposed to be the one with intelligence and erudition? Such ‘heart-felt’ confusions only irritate the general populace because one is baffled at the idea of Shah Rukh Khan, the super-star, the star who is the face of the cover issue of Forbes magazine that tracks the richest people in the country, unable to shake himself of any degree of victimhood! Was A. K Hangal (a Hindu, by the way) spared because he was a Hindu? A veteran—and a freedom fighter— having been born and brought up partially in Pakistan and having shared joint memories of India and Pakistan has more reason than SRK to attend ‘Pakistan’ day; but was he spared? SRK can buy 5 Rolls-Royces within a week and gift one of them to his driver! The three Khans of the film-industry today are the most powerful and influential in the functioning of the industry—and this is very feebly arguable. And it is baffling to see SRK, whose identity was of no concern to the greater common public when he was a struggler and much so when he became a super-star, and is of no concern even now when he is seeing the twilight of his super-stardom days, resort to such antics so late in his career. But in all honesty, he has always had these issues of taking himself and his ‘intelligence’ very importantly and seriously; so much so that in many of his interviews to Doordarshan pre-satellite television days, he would make up white lies that he would have to keep in mind so that he wouldn’t utter another lie that wouldn’t match the previous lie! In an interview, he mentioned he studied in IIT while he never even set foot there; not even to dance in any one of the dean’s daughters’ weddings. He keeps saying his family was extremely poor; unfortunately he forgot to keep track of this one and displayed his middle-class affluence often during his talks and with his behavior. And then there was/there still is the misplaced arrogance and heroism of ‘North-Indianness’: ‘Mein Delhi ka hoon; baat hi nahin, haath pair bhi chalaana aata hain.’ Maybe he thought the people of Bombay or elsewhere in the country sit with their hands folded and legs tied when somebody is messing around with the wife/girl friend and that only ‘North Indians’ generally and Delhiites specifically have the bollocks to not just think but also to act with their hands and walk the talk?

          There is also the constant harping on his ‘Pathan’hood and his lineage of ‘good’ looks in a very vulgar manner at any given moment – opportune or not is out of the window. Frankly, he is living much, much more than the perfect ‘Indian’ dream (if there was/still is something like that) . If he still feels to stick his neck out and proclaim his ‘Muslim’ identity while it is not a concern to anybody but some ‘bigots’, wonder why he wastes reams of paper on what ‘bigoted’ and unwanted people think of him. Why is it so important to him?

          By indulging in such unwanted sensitivities, I am beginning to lose him as my role-model. Yes, he is my role-model. Because he is a mediocre guy just like me. In fact, I am way below than mediocre. But, SRK’s success inspires me no less. Coming at least a million miles out of the nepotism radius, If he can succeed with his kind of talent, I bloody well should in my life in my own way. And I DO NOT mean this condescendingly at all.

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  6. Ever since the Zindagi channel has started broadcasting Pakistani serials in India, a number of people have become household names in India — Mahira Khan was in the “Humsafar” serial that got good ratings here in India; and Fawad Khan seems to have landed “Khoobsurat” on the strength of his TV serial popularity.

    SRK just looks so old and haggard relative to the women half his age he keeps romancing (Salman is much older than his co-stars too, but he doesn’t seem so…fatherly).

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    • Lol,Qalandar. Tell me when did Humsafar start coming on Zee Zindagi? In Oct 2014, right? When did Khoobsurat released? Sep 2014. So, which one helped what? Based on Khoobsurat talk, Zindagi channel got hold of his TV serial and started airing in India.

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    • Btw, Qalandar.. Mahira maybe teenager in your eyes but in real life, she’s married with a kid and is 32 years old 🙂

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      • “SRK just looks so old and haggard relative to the women half his age he keeps romancing”

        Why we don’t see these type of intellectual comments for Rajnikanth movie thread?

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      • Where did Satyam find this sexy pic of Mahira. It’s not on the link of that article and all the pics I googled are very ordinary except this one where there is so much on that face….. she is a great combination of mature and sensual….very inviting pose and angle in this pic !!.

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  7. So predictable , The Pakistanis will keep showing us the finger, and we will keep humoring them…….pathetic.

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    • idiotic ‘indians’ like these turn me off from this forum. i’ve ignored it in the past but true colors always show when stuff like this happens. just sad when one Pakistani actress is cast and some of you can’t stand it. shows more about your character and thought process more than anything else.

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      • Aamirsfan.. hope you’ll stick around though. We need sensible people like you here (I’m not saying ‘Indian’ or ‘Pakistani’!). Also the Right in India fulminates against Indian liberals far more than Pakistan. Not joking. Hard to find another country where Nathuram Godse (or someone like him) is called a patriot (as once again very recently as well) or where it is said that Godse should have got Nehru instead of Gandhi. There is a deep well of such statements the ugliness of which is only matched by the incredible imbecility on display. Again making the larger point that on that side of the Indian political aisle Pakistan doesn’t even top the list!

        I still maintain my position on SRK though. Have nothing against anyone being cast but I don’t trust his politics.

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        • For the record RSS totally ( rightly) disassociated it self from the horrendous comment about getting Nehru instead of Gandhi,
          Loonies are on both sides, let’s not give them importance.
          but when a leading commie ( S Vardrajan ) says the behavior of Paki players was due to action/ reaction then their true colors come out!!

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          • yeah we’ve been watching at least the ones on one side on a weekly basis for some months if not a daily one! On the RSS they’ve said this sort of stuff for ages. In this sense nothing that has been heard from the Hindutva bandwagon is new. My only point here is that mysteriously the same folks who get inflamed at every Outlook editorial piece suddenly become blind and deaf when it comes to these matters. It’s about ‘all sides’ suddenly. If it is why object in the first place when the other side does it?! I still don’t see anyone on the other side calling the assassin of the Mahatma a patriot or anything comparable but that’s another matter. And this has always been my chief objection. This ‘balancing out’ game is always a way of avoiding responsibility. When the other side does it one screams, when one’s side does it one says ‘get the other side first’. One is therefore never responsible for anything. Everyone can play this game and does. We unfortunately tend to sacrifice any notion of ethics to these political moves. In some ways I shouldn’t even object to SRK’s moves. Whatever he does or does not do is nothing at all, less than negligible, compared to what eminent figures of political parties routinely say and do.

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        • point noted Satyam. I just don’t get the ‘us’ vs ‘them’ mentality…maybe because I was born a Pakistani…raised in the US and have visited both Pakistan and India many times (unfortunately less frequently now because of stringent Indian policy of not allowing Pakistani born into their nation) and have seen no huge difference in ‘culture’ so I don’t see Indians and Pakistani’s being totally different as a race. We’re the freaking same!!

          I only start being totally turned off by this forum when it starts to go off track from what this forum is all about…movies!! I understand sports also is discussed here and a lot of politics (which I stay away from)…but even in this thread..which is about a Pakistani actress (which I’ve never heard of because I don’t watch Pakistani drama) being cast in an Indian film..and all of a sudden it becomes about Pakistan/India politics. just gets tiring to read at some point by some commenters on here.

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          • Speaking for myself when I comment on political matters I am only reflecting on the actual politics. I am never generalizing one way or the other about Pakistanis or Indians or Hindus or Muslims or whatever. The problem though is that both sides play this game. So you might see people saying Pakistanis are this way or Indians that way or Americans another way but then there is a kind of abstraction that is also brought into play ‘we are all humans, we want the same things’ etc. This is true of course but humans almost never present themselves simply as humans. They are always coded by/with national, ethnic, religious etc labels. We don’t really get the unmarked human. And so in various situations even though one cannot indulge in universal statements it is the case that humans act ‘as if’ something might or might not be true depending on the same identity questions. For instance when I talk to a number of people who’re Republicans I tend not to agree with very much. I know of course that they’re otherwise humans just like myself. I certainly don’t consider them aliens! But again the point is that they might only be accessible in many situations as Republicans. And vice versa. Which is why I am always interrogating ideology not the people behind them. It’s easy for folks to get confused about this. Not saying you understand it this way. Just making the larger claim that sometimes the plain universal statement doesn’t mean much. So yes most people in India and Pakistan want to live peacefully. So what? That doesn’t get us anywhere. Until of course we tackle the politics behind this stuff. The ‘ordinary’ person who wishes to go about his or her life is nonetheless a political subject. He or she is not unmarked. ‘Us’ vs ‘them’ is unfortunately the paradigm that holds in most situations. I dislike it myself but until it’s around I have to address it.

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      • this Rudali would have sounded more genuine if there was a comment on the ridiculous behavior by the Paki team on India soil…..but , oh well !!
        I for one can’t stand this politics …

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      • Re.-shows more about your character and thought process more than anything else
        Tum Karo toh Action/ Reaction, Indians karey toh Character dheela hai !! Waahh !!

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        • You should shake hands with Aamirsfan on Salman!

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        • sir, I didn’t do anything to ridicule India. not my responsibility to make a comment on what those players did in that situation. I will apologize for calling you an idiot. I’ll just say you have your opinion..and I disagree with it.

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          • Fair enough, I never expected you or anyone for that matter to comment on the Players situation.
            I was making my unhappiness known at once again favoring Pakistan’s artist knowing fully well the Pak policy against India. I did not abuse Pakistan or its people.
            You are the one who started questioning my Character and calling my comments idiotic.
            Anyhow let’s move on and pray for the souls of the poor Children and hope that no parent has to face that situation anywhere in the world.

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  8. and the latest tweet by Bachi K. shows the true mindset of the Indian Liberals…..YUCK !!

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    • True 😦

      She is not even YUCK !!!

      Rahul Roushan : a liberal is a non-religious bigot who’s absolutely/religiously convinced that he’s not a bigot.

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    • ‘India with Pakistan’: school massacre solidarity

      The idea was spawned by Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur and newspaper columnist from Delhi, who was in the gym when the news about the attack started playing on the television channels he was watching.

      “When I started it, I did not realize that this would trend,” Poonawalla says. I did not even know whether it would be perceived as a negative or positive hashtag. The support has been phenomenal and I think collectively, we need to fight hate. A lot of people from Pakistan have tweeted thanking me for starting this.”

      “There will be elements in every religion and country who take extreme positions,” Poonawalla says in response. “But the fact that this is trending shows that humanity is trending. The majority of people in both India and Pakistan want peace. If people across the world can show solidarity, India can also stand up in support [for Pakistan].”

      http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-30502337

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  9. Shameful, horrible, beyond belief massacre of 120 kids !!!
    One of the worst cowardly crimes in the history of mankind

    Those like ‘aamirsfan’ need to take a break from protecting the types of mahira khan & her budding bolllywood career …
    Twitter campaigns u posted above won’t help–don’t fool Yourlseves or others
    1 can’t sleep with ‘good Taliban’ …and unleash ‘bad Taliban’
    Introspect …full stop

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    • this will make Aamirsfan stay away a bit more!

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    • This is what happens to religious fanatics and those harping on it all the time. They become crazed, violent and shameless.

      A lot is happening in India these days. Great worry of where this will lead to.

      Better be liberals, I say.

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      • Just like #illridewithyou showing the ‘liberalism’ of Australians I think this #IndiaStandsWithPakistan is a good sign. I stand with them too against these religious bigots and fanatics.

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  10. If and when SRK can translate all those dog whistles to this far side of the world then we shall see. But until he does he’s operating in his own comfort zone. Bagging a major actress or movie here is the real test of global popularity. The HNY tour was just a trickle. I dont give much credence to his decisions whether or not it is as the posts here suggest. Its all about perception yes. But that only travels so far…box office or no box office. His forthcoming book will not be a tell all as much as people want it to be but rather another teaser like the movies. Culture has its own rules but its not the same everywhere.

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  11. A never seen before Shah Rukh Khan in Raees
    By Subhash K. Jha, Jun 25, 2015 – 10:11 hrs IST

    ahul Dholakia has re-worked Shah Rukh’s look and accent in Raees. “He plays a man from the ghetto in Gujarat. He will dress and speak in a particular manner.” The idea for the film started on the issue of Prohibition. “We wanted to make a film on the issue. And since Gujarat is the only state that has Prohibition, we decided to locate our plot in Gujarat.”

    The buzz is that Shah Rukh Khan plays a true-life character in Raees. Says Rahul, “His character started off as a real-life person. But as we wrote and re-wrote several drafts of the script, Shah Rukh’s character become more and more fictional.”

    Raees, the film about Prohibition in Gujarat, will be largely shot by its fine director Rahul Dholakia on a sprawling set in Mumbai representing the slums of Ahmedabad.

    The last time Rahul was in Gujarat was to shoot Parzania that hard-hitting National-award winning film on the 2002 communal carnage in the State. But no, Raees and Shah Rukh Khan are not staying away from Gujarat because of the bitter aftermath of Parzania.

    Explains Rahul, “It’s very practical and logical to not take Shah Rukh Khan into the crowds. He is a star with a mammoth following. And he has a massive following in Gujarat. To shoot with him on the streets in Ahmedabad is not only impractical it’s probably suicidal. I remember when we were shooting with Sanjay Dutt in Kashmir for Lamha. Huge crowds would gather and obstruct the shooting.”

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