'Raees' will also star Pakistani actress Mahira Khan making her Bollywood debut  and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The movie is a joint production venture of Shah Rukh's Red Chillies Entertainment and Farhan Akhtar-Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment.

Farhan Akhtar outpoured his emotions on micro-blogging site twitter and posted "On another note.. shoot of the attached film has commenced. Exciting times lie ahead. All the best to crew & cast."

Raees, to be helmed by Rahul Dholakia, is marketed as SRK and Farhan Akhtar’s first big screen outing together.

Dholakia plans to shoot in old Ahmedabad and Saurashtra, as the real life-inspired film is set in Gujarat. SRK plays a bootlegger while Nawaz will be seen as a cop. Mahira will eb playing the character of a muslin girl.

Industry insiders suggest that the star intends to release the film this Eid.


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