Shoaib Akhtar disassociates from his 'Rawalpindi Express' biopic, threatens to move legally if makers continue with project
“RAWALPINDI EXPRESS – Running against the odds” was slated for release on November 16, 2023.
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Pakistan pace icon Shoaib Akhtar has disassociated from his biopic titled ‘Rawalpindi Express’ citing a violation of agreement. The 47-year-old confirmed the same on Saturday, January 21.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, Akhtar mentioned that after thinking about it for several months, he has decided to terminate the agreement regarding his biopic. Furthermore, the veteran speedster added that he came to a final conclusion only after a consultation with his management and legal teams.
At the same time, Shoaib has also issued a strict warning to the makers of the film that he will take a legal action against them if they decide to continue making the movie from hereon.
Definitely, it was a dream project: Shoaib Akhtar
“Very sadly, I would like to inform all of you that after careful consideration of months, I have decided to disassociate 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,” Akhtar wrote on his official Twitter handle.
“Failure to resolve disagreements amicably and constant contractual violations finally resulted in us cut ties with them. Therefore I have left the project after complying all legal protocols of revoking the rights to the story of my life,” he added.
“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’s tweet concluded.
Important announcement. pic.twitter.com/P7zTnTK1C0— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 21, 2023
In July last year, Shoaib Akhtar had confirmed through his social media handles that a biopic on his name is being made and has been titled “RAWALPINDI EXPRESS – Running against the odds”. The biopic was slated to release on November 16, 2023. An elated Akhtar had also mentioned that this was going to be the first-ever foreign film featuring a Pakistani sportsman.