Shah Rukh Khan‘s Raees is up for release on January 25, 2017. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role of bootlegger Raees. It also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan and Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub among others. Talking to Bombay Times about the film, Shah Rukh was asked what made him sign Raees, he said, “When the story was narrated, I liked the flow.
I don’t understand screenplays, so I was just taken in by the way the film was unfolding. I, don’t usually get to play characters who are less urban. So, I was quite intrigued by this story set in the 80 90s, a world that I left 25 years ago. Also, the fact it has been researched by journalists who know that world made it more interesting. I didn’t know that there were different ways to bypass the law.
Of course, it is wrong and it should not be done, but it was rampant in 1985. The way Raees rises, outsmarting his opponents and the police make it a fascinating story . Rahul was clear that he wanted to put it in a space that’s a mix of real and popular cinema.”
He also said that no one could’ve played the character but him, “Honestly , there are certain roles, which I know need to have a mix. There are characters that are bad as far as the story goes, but even without justifying their badness, there has to be some quality you can take out of the character that makes him stand out.
In films like Darr and Baazigar, we didn’t have to justify why the character goes on a killing spree. There will be some inherent reason, which could be emotional or physical. I knew I could pull it off, without glorifying the story.
Even when I heard the story of Chak De! India, I told Adi (Aditya Chopra) that I am the only one who can do this. It doesn’t mean that some other actor would play it less, worse or differently . I just felt for the character and knew I could do it.”
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