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Raees: Pak actress Mahira Khan won’t promote film, SRK tells Raj Thackeray

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai.

The meeting, that took place in the evening, assumes significance as Khan’s upcoming film Raees, which features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, is scheduled for a release next month, party sources said.

After the meeting, Raj Thackeray told the press that Shah Rukh had infirmed him that Mahira Khan would not be promoting the film.

Notably, the MNS has in the past objected to casting of Pakistani actors in Bollywood movies citing the neighbouring country’s involvement in terrorist attacks in India.

Earlier in October, the MNS had staged high-voltage protests against the release of filmmaker Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

The Bollywood superstar had previously run into trouble for the release of My Name is Khan in 2010, with another right wing party, Shiv Sena, opposing its screening then.