Defiant Farhan Akhtar says ‘We haven’t broken any law’ on casting Mahira Khan in Raees

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Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, whose upcoming production “Raees” stars Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, says he is not worried about any opposition to its release as they have not “broken any law”.

Last month Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” faced problems during release after some sections raised objections over the casting of Fawad Khan in the film.

The Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma starrer eventually hit theatres after a settlement was reached between the makers and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
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When asked if he is braving for a tough release of “Raees” which features Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role, Farhan said, “We haven’t broken any law, so there is nothing to be said beyond that.”

Co-producer Ritesh Sidhwani said they are not thinking about anything else but only focusing on the release of the film.

“‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ released. There was a (difficult) time and it has passed. We are working towards releasing the trailer very soon,” Sidhwani told PTI.

“Raees” also starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, will release on January 26, 2017.

Farhan Akhtar has successfully made a transition from behind the camera to a bankable Bollywood actor but he feels his acting career has a shelf life as he can’t go on playing such characters for too long.

The 42-year-old actor-filmmaker made his acting debut in 2008 with “Rock On” and has since starred in films like “Luck By Chance”, “Karthik Calling Karthik”, “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, “Shaadi Ke Side Effects”, “Dil Dhadakne Do” and “Wazir”.

His love for acting has made him take a break from direction. Farhan, whose last directorial venture was “Don 2” in 2011, says he is taking up acting projects because he enjoys being in front of the camera.

“It is not a question of getting too comfortable. I am enjoying it for sure. It is as comfortable as doing anything if your heart is in it… So, I think good roles are coming my way and I am happy with the films that I am getting an opportunity to be part of. It is exciting,” Farhan told PTI.

“I feel things like these (acting career) also have a shelf life, I can only play those characters for that long.

However, I feel there is no need to rock the boat at the moment.”

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