Ritesh Sidhwani in an interview revealed that when he first called Shah Rukh Khan to discuss Raees, the superstar thought that Farhan Akhtar has finally locked a script for Don 3.
The producer further revealed that it was easy to get Shah Rukh Khan on board for the film as noone except him could have done justice to the larger than life persona of Raees Khan.
"Once the script was ready, we discussed who we wanted to cast and Shah Rukh was the unanimous choice. When I first called him, he thought we had finally got a script for Don 3. (laughs) He questioned me why we thought he should play Raees. I just told him one dialogue from the film - Baniye Ka Dimaag Aur Miyanbhai Ki Daring! It sums up the film perfectly and that clinched it for us. He was totally convinced," said Sidhwani.
Directed by Rahul Dholakia, Raees also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan in pivotal roles.