Even without Raees, it's been a year of multiple SRK sightings and so Twitter really should be able to cope. But it can't. Here's a tiny sample of the breathlessness:
Feel the heat. Raees arriving tomorrow.#RaeesTrailerTomorrow? Aakriti Verma (@Aakriti_verma6) December 6, 2016
#RaeesTrailerTomorrow Guys lets go to sleep already... may b tomorrow comes faster.. haha.. not having the patience to wait yaar..? SRKlover (@FOREVESRK) December 6, 2016
Shah Rukh Khan has been contributing to the excitement by tweeting Raees-related updates:
Raees, directed by Rahul Dholakia, stars Shah Rukh Khan as a liquor baron named Raees Alam and is set in the dry state of Gujarat. 'Raees bhai,' is what SRK's character is addressed in the film as. Nawazuddin Siddiqui stars in Raees as the police officer who brings 'Raees bhai' down. Here is SRK as the titular Raees in the poster:
Kem Cho, Majama??? Poster of Raees an Excel & Red Chillies film. Dir. Rahul Dholakia. More to follow...hope u like it. pic.twitter.com/wjyu8NaXad? Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 16, 2015
Raees also marks the Bollywood debut of Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, who plays a character named Mohsina. Mahira recently revealed that her mother had refused to believe that she had been cast opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Actress Sunny Leone appears in a special song sequence in the film.
For a while, it seemed that Shah Rukh Khan's Raees had dodged two box office bullets in vain. Until recently, the film was releasing on the same day as Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil and negotiations between the producers of both films - Hrithik's father Rakesh Roshan and the Farhan Akhtar-owned Excel Entertainment - had failed to produce a resolution. Just days ago, it was announced that Kaabil will now release on the evening of January 25 while Raees will open on January 26, the original date for both movies.