There’s always more than what meets the eye with a Shah Rukh Khan film – the trailer, poster and initial film stills that have been circulating the internet up and till now for his upcoming film RAEES seemed to fit the mould of a traditional gangster genre, engulfed in high-octane action sequences, thrilling moments and blazing guns.
However this week, international megastar and the inimitable King of Romance Shah Rukh Khan introduced to fans a glimpse into RAEES’s emotional, passionate and romantic persona, with the release of the film’s second track, ZAALIMA picturized on Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan.
He took to twitter to reveal the new track with the caption:
“Jaan se #Zaalima tak…. Hope you all like it!” Mahira too shared the song with caption, “#Zaalima tujh se hi shuru, tujh pe hi khatam ….”
Set to become the love ballad of 2017, ZAALIMA is intertwined with soul and is rustic and romantic in equal measure. The soothing melody is sung by Arijit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur.
Set against an idyllic locale, Shah Rukh Khan weaves his magic on screen as he romances the elegant Mahira Khan. Zaalima leaves a lasting impression courtesy of Shah Rukh Khan’s hypnotizing charm.
In anticipation of ZAALIMA’s release, which followed the smash-hit Laila that broke the internet with over 50 million views in just a few days, Shah Rukh Khan took to his social media platforms earlier this week to reveal two new posters of RAEES: the first showing Shah Rukh Khan looking ‘zaalima’ in a black Pathani suit, head wrap and aviators with a separate backdrop image of him walking up to his love interest in the film Mahira Khan on what appears to be an arid dessert. The second poster featured a battered Shah Rukh Khan holding Mahira Khan tight to show their intense chemistry and the drama that surrounds them.
Shah Rukh Khan then charmed his fans with poetry, releasing two teaser videos for ZAALIMA where he delivers a few lyrics from the track in a way that will melts hearts. Lyrics such as
“Jo Tere khaatir tadpe hai pehle se hi, Usse kya tadpana, O Zaalima” to “Jo Tere isha mein behka pehle se hi, kya usse behkana, O Zaalima”,
are sure to touch all lovers and make you fall in love again, especially with Valentines Day being around the corner.
Directed by National Award Winning filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, RAEES is the fictitious story of a man named Raees (Shah Rukh Khan), set in early 1980’s to 1990’s Gujarat, India. The film explores how Raees’ relationships and meteoric rise helped him build an entire empire from scratch, to make him the single most powerful man in the state, who is revered, loved and feared. Raees eliminates every opposition that comes his way however his downfall will be crossing paths with the no-nonsense police officer Majumdar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), whose sole reason for existence is the elimination of crime. What ensues next is a tumultuous battle between the two, which forms a key defining element of the film’s narrative. RAEES also stars renowned actress Mahira Khan who makes her Indian film debut and Atul Kulkarni known for his National Award Winning performances in films such as Hey Ram and Chandini Bar.
RAEES is an Excel Entertainment Production and co-produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment.
RAEES releases in US cinemas on 25th January 2017 through Zee Studios International!