Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ in legal trouble ahead of its trailer release

Shah Rukh Khan’s much anticipated movie ‘Raees’ has been in news since its inception due to political reasons. Now, just days ahead of its trailer release, the crime thriller has landed in legal trouble yet again.

Mustaq Ahmed Shaikh, son of alleged gangster late Abdul Latif Shaikh, has reportedly sent a legal notice to Shah Rukh, and made monetary demands, after the actor distanced himself from Mustaq.  

Shah Rukh’s character in the film is loosely based on Ahmedabad-based don Abdul Latif, who ran the illicit liquor business in Gujarat during the peak of Prohibition in the 1980s. When the actor began shooting for the film, he had visited Gujarat at least twice to meet Mustaq at the latter’s invitation, in order to get a better understanding of his on-screen character.

A report in DNA mentioned a source as saying that Mustaq was actively involved with the making of ‘Raees’ in the beginning, providing inputs and ensuring that the film’s shoot was going on smoothly. Later, the actor apparently realised that his meetings were being given political undertones, as the Latif family had close political association.

“When Shah Rukh realised his meetings with Latif were being given political overtones, he decided to keep a distance. When Mustaq invited Shah Rukh again, the actor didn’t respond. This incensed Mustaq who felt affronted by the star’s snub and decided to dissociate from the project,” the source told DNA.

Thereafter, Mustaq has filed a legal notice to Shah Rukh, who is also co-producing the film, seeking injunction against its release. He has also made monetary demands to the tune of Rs. 10 crores, to allow the release of ‘Raees’.

The trailer of ‘Raees’ will be attached with the print of Shah Rukh and Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Dear Zindagi’, which will hit screens on November 25.