The actress, who had been cast as the female lead opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the film, has been removed according to the Indian media. A source close to the film revealed that despite trying to work out the situation, there was no other way for the director to release his film unless Mahira was removed and thus the decision has been taken.

“It was a very painful decision for producer Ritesh Sidhwani to take. The pressure to replace her had been building up for months. It reached a crescendo after the Uri attacks. It came to a point where it became impossible to shoot with any Pakistani. People suggested all kinds of solutions to the impasse, including shooting in Dubai. But it didn’t seem viable. Now, Mahira has unfortunately been relieved of her duties,”DNA quoted a source as saying.

The makers of the film are now looking for a Bollywood actress to be cast opposite Shah Rukh and have a two week deadline to finalize the female lead.