The actor gave an interview to Khaleej Times, talking about Raees and future prospects.
Mahira revealed that landing her role in Raees was unexpected and sudden: “When I got the first call for Raees, I was numb and I did not know how to react. Because it was too quick. I didn’t know anybody in Bollywood. I have never given my portfolio or met anyone, so it was very random. Someone saw my work, called for an audition and then said, come. All of this happened within a matter of a week. I couldn’t digest it then and I am not able to understand it even now.”
She learned a lot from co-star SRK. “I am very grateful that I got to work with Shah Rukh for several reasons. He is someone who is such a big star. He is so hard working that it is unbelievable and I have taken that back home with me. I have learnt that the bigger you are, the harder you have to work.”
She also describes her character in the movie, saying, “My character is that of a strong woman who is in love. She is kind and Raees’s conscience. She is the lighter side of Raees’s life.”
According to Mahira, the song ‘Zaalima’ was a last minute addition, “‘Zaalima’ was added at the last minute. I am happy that now I have a romantic song with Shah Rukh Khan. There were a lot of hours of working and we were hardly sleeping. We would sleep for an hour and run back to shoot. But it was fun.
“It was a song so it was easier to do. It was a bit tougher for me because we are not used to song and dance in our films even though we do it, but this kind of romance and slow speed was new for me.”
However, in another interview the actor revealed that the song ‘Udi Udi Jaey’ gave her blisters!
“First week, I had blisters on my feet, because there was so much more garba that you don’t see in the song; they’ve put the nikkah and stuff so there’s a lot of garba that’s cut but there was a whole choreography that was done and I had to obviously learn it.
“It was insane! But for people who haven’t done it, once you’ve learnt it, it’s so much fun, because then you keep doing, then you have fun with it. So we had a lot of fun doing it.”
We’re looking forward to more fun tidbits from Mahira, as we wait for Raees’ release here in Pakistan.
THE PASHTUN TIMES