Bola tha na maine… Lo Aa Gaya! With this tag line Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday releases trailer of its much awaited movie ‘Raees’.
Shah Rukh Khan is breaking out of his tried-and-tested mould in Raees and that calls for an applause. It takes a lot to be a superstar who is ready to experiment while at the pinnacle.
In the Rahul Dholakia-directed Raees, SRK — Bollywood’s king of romance — is playing a bootlegger who has dialogues to kill for. As the Raees trailer lands today, its star again proves that when it comes to quotable quotes, he is always at the top.
Shah Rukh launched the Raees trailer while interacting with fans in nine different cities through video conferencing.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 7, 2016
The trailer was launched in around 3,500 screens where Shah Rukh has a live interaction with fans through advanced UFO technology.
The nine cities that have been chosen to witness the Raees trailer first are Delhi, Indore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and Moga.
Raees releases on January 25 when it will clash with Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil. the film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
As per reports, SRK’s role was inspired by Abdul Latif. During the ’80s, Latif ran a flourishing bootlegging business in the Popatiyawad area of Gujarat and rose to become a don. It is said that he worked in gambling dens, serving liquir, from a very young age. This may have had something to do with his getting into the bootlegging business later in life.
As his profile rose, so did the scale and scope of his illegal business interests. It is reported that Latif was involved in hawala, land deals and contract killings. The charge of receiving smuggled arms in India, through the villages on the western coast of Gujarat, has also been laid at his door.
He was also said to be a close associate of Dawood Ibrahim — which led to him being considered a prime suspect in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
At the same time, numerous stories are also in circulation about Latif’s altruistic deeds. Robin Hood-esque anecdotes about the don, claim he helped underprivileged Muslim youth get jobs, and provided the poor with financial and other aid.
Latif was killed in an encounter with the police in Naroda Patiya in 1997, allegedly while trying to escape (he had been incarcerated at Sabarmati Jai since 1995).
Raees is not the first film to be inspired by the don: Encounter Latif by Sharique Minhaj was released in 2014.