Producer Ritesh Sidhwani whose upcoming movie Raees starring Shah Rukh Khan is slated to release on January 26 next year, rubbished reports that the release date has been postponed. Raees features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan who is making her Bollywood debut opposite SRK.
In the wake of the recent Uri attack, the political party MNS demanded a ban on Bollywood films starring Pakistani artistes. There were reports that the makers were considering to push the release but the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) had a meeting with MNS and requested them to not hamper the release of the already shot films featuring Pakistani artistes.
When asked about the reports, Sidhwani told reporters, "We are sticking to the release date we announced earlier for Raees. I don't think something like a ban has happened. The association has itself written to the government that people who have already made their films, who have completed their shooting, we should respect that. Let those movies release and whatever the government decides in the future, they will take a call on that," he said.
Directed by Rahul Dholakia and set in the 1980s Gujarat, the crime-drama tells the story of bootlegger Raees Khan (Shah Rukh), whose empire is challenged and eventually thwarted by a honest police officer (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).