By now, you’re probably all aware that Pakistan’ sweetheart Mahira Khan is shooting a movie called Raees in lead with Bollywood’s King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan. Apparently, Mahira Khan had always dreamt of working with Shah Rukh Khan, her idol across the border, and fortunately for her, the dream came true not so long ago. In the movie Raees, Mahira Khan plays the wife of Shah Rukh Khan, which needless to say is pretty much all she could ask for really. But what most people, including Mahira Khan herself, did not know was that the role was primarily offered to Sanam Saeed.
The usual response would be, ‘why on God’s green Earth did she ever deny the role, which quite possibly could have been a life-changer?’ Others would probably ask why she was offered the role in the first place (don’t ask that..). Well, for the latter question the answer is in airing of her drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai in India. People went gaga over her performance and acting skills in India and Raees’ producers saw that too and hence offered her the lead. As for the former question, well, Sanam Saeed was too busy with her wedding preparations. She couldn’t find the time to go to India for an audition (Note to Sanam’s husband: That’s what commitment sounds like). Following is Sanam’s response when she was asked if she denied the role because she didn’t like the character,
I did from whatever little I read. I was getting married those days.. I wasn’t able to go for a physical audition to India.
We hope for your sake that you don’t come to regret that decision in the future. In a Q&A session with Mahira Khan and her fans, a fan asked her whether it bothered her that Sanam Saeed was offered the role first. She replied with,
Hi! I don’t like speaking about the films/dramas I’ve left, neither about other actors/actresses and their careers/choices. That being said – I didn’t know Sanam was offered Raees, I did know she auditioned for it. Even if she was first choice, proud that it was one of our own!
That was quite modest. Anyway Mahira Khan, we hope you do a great job with the movie. It would seem that Shah Rukh Khan is having a great time with you based on how he speaks of you. God Speed!You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.