Finally, producer Ritesh Sidhwani has reportedly replaced Pakistani actress Mahira Khan from Bollywood Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film 'Raees' following the ongoing India and Pakistan political tension.

Sources reveal that it was a very painful decision for the producer. The pressure to replace Mahira has been mounting up for months. After the Uri attack and subsequent threat from MNS and Ban on Pakistani artistes working in India, it became impossible to shoot with any Pakistani. The producer tried to make all kind of solutions to the impasse, like shooting in Dubai. But its did not work and finally Mahira has been relieved from the movie.

Now 'Raees team is in search of a new actress to replace Mahira Khan in a short span of time. It was only a few days back ago Mahira Khan broke her silence over the ongoing controversy with regards to the demand for a ban on Pakistani artistes in Bollywood following the Uri attack. She condemned the terror act and prayed for a peaceful world.

Her comments came after Pakistani artistes like Shafqat Amanat, Ali Khan and Fawad Khan condemned the Uri attack.

Following the Uri attack, there is a growing demand for a ban on artistes from Pakistan by several organisations in India. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had issued an ultimatum all the Pakistani actors working in India and told them to leave India within 48 hours or face the action. They had also threatened to stall the releases of 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', and 'Raees', starring Fawad, Mahira Khan respectively.

Later on, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a resolution to ban artistes from across the border from working in India till Indo-Pak relations are normalised.

Tinsel town is divided on the issue. Several actors have criticised the ban. Among them are -Salman Khan, Hansal Mehta, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap. But many in the industry have supported the ban on artistes from Pakistan. They are like - Ajay Devgn, Sonali Bendre, Randeep Hooda,and Nana Patekar etc.

The film is to be released next year 26 January

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