The Bollywood Badshah also praised acclaimed Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who will also play a pivotal role in 'Raees'.

"Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan are there in the film ('Raees'). Both of them are very accomplished actors. I think the cast is really wonderful," Shah Rukh said here on Monday at the launch of Dabboo Ratnani's annual calendar.

"Now I would have to excel and perform like them,", added the actor, who is set to join the film's shoot by March end.

Mahira, who became popular in India with her successful TV show 'Humsafar', will be seen as Shah Rukh's leading lady in 'Raees'.

Shah Rukh has already met Mahira and seen her television work. He is quite impressed with her talent. "Rahul (Dholakia) liked her. She suited the film a lot. I have seen a little bit part of her television stuff. I have met her and she is marvellous actor," the 49-year-old said.

Directed by Rahul Dholakia, 'Raees' is being co-produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani.

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