Former Pakistan National Cricket Team express pacer Shoaib Akhtar has dissociated himself from his biopic “Rawalpindi Express – Running against the odds” and has threatened to take “severe legal action” against makers if the project continues.
On Sunday, July 24, 2022, Shoaib Akhtar announced the launch of his biopic on social media. The film was directed by Muhammad Faraz Qaiser, written by Qaiser Nawaz and produced under the banner of Q Films Productions. Also, it was set to release on November 16, 2023.
“Beginning of this beautiful journey. Announcing the launch of my story, my life, my Biopic, “RAWALPINDI EXPRESS – Running against the odds” You’re in for a ride you’ve never taken before. First foreign film about a Pakistani Sportsman. Controversially yours, Shoaib Akhtar,” Akhtar, who represented his country in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs and 15 T20Is, had said on Twitter back then.
Failure to resolve disagreements amicably and constant contractual violations finally resulted in us cutting ties – Shoaib Akhtar
On Saturday, January 21, 2023, Shoaib Akhtar, who holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery in international cricket of 161kmph, took to Twitter to state that the “failure to resolve disagreements amicably and constant contractual violations” has led to him moving away from his “dream project”. He has also threatened the makers to move legally if they continue with the project.
“Very sadly, I would like to inform all of you that after careful consideration of months, I have decided to dissociate myself from the film Rawalpindi Express & its makers by terminating the agreement through my management and legal team. Definitely, it was a dream project and I tried a lot to prevent and stay in the boat but unfortunately, things were not going well.
“Failure to resolve disagreements amicably and constant contractual violations finally resulted in us cutting ties with them. Therefore I have left the project after complying with all legal protocols of revoking the rights to the story of my life. Severe legal action will be taken if the makers continue to make biography film and use my name and life story events in any way,” Shoaib said.
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— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 21, 2023