Mahira Khan’s Bollywood debut film Raees is set to release internationally on January 25, 2017, though the date of release in Pakistan is still unknown. Mahira couldn’t promote her film in India due to the ban on Pakistani artists by IMPPA but is leaving no stone unturned to promote her upcoming flick in Dubai.
The actor recently gave an interview to Khaleej Times.
How does it feel to finally promote your debut Bollywood film?
I am really excited and nervous as well. I am very grateful that I got to work with Shah Rukh for several reasons. He is someone who is such a big star. He is so hard working that it is unbelievable and I have taken that back home with me. I have learnt that the bigger you are, the harder you have to work.
Do you have a strong role in the movie because back in Pakistan, you have always done hard hitting roles and never limited yourself as a prop?
I actually believe there is no such things as a prop. I think even if you have five minutes in a film – it could be a dance or a line in a scene – as long as you do it with honesty, you will shine. When I got the first call for Raees, I was numb and I did not know how to react. Because it was too quick. I didn’t know anybody in Bollywood. I have never given my portfolio or met anyone, so it was very random. Someone saw my work, called for an audition and then said, come. All of this happened within a matter of a week. I couldn’t digest it then and I am not able to understand it even now. My character is that of a strong woman who is in love. She is kind and Raees’s (played by SRK) conscience. She is the lighter side of Raees’s life.