First teaser of Shoaib Akhtar biopic is out now despite ongoing legal battle

09:51 PM | 22 Aug, 2023
First teaser of Shoaib Akhtar biopic is out now despite ongoing legal battle
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Despite the ongoing legal battle between the cricketing legend and the creators of the film on his life, the first teaser of the "Rawalpindi Express - A Shoaib Akhtar Biopic" is out now.

The unfolding drama brings with it significant changes, as Mirza Gohar Rasheed takes the lead to embody the iconic Shoaib Akhtar, replacing the earlier cast choice of Umair Jaswal.

A brisk-paced teaser accompanies this sudden revelation, with Rasheed stepping into the shoes of the purported Akhtar. The teaser paints a vivid canvas of Akhtar's journey – from his childhood struggles to his battles against diverse odds, all the way to his triumphant ascent in the world of cricket. Yet, an intense auditory landscape accompanying the teaser leaves a lingering question: Is this "biopic" a heightened theatrical rendition of reality?

Certain sequences from the teaser invoke memories of Ranbir Kapoor's portrayal of Sanjay Dutt in "Sanju." At the same time, other scenes cast a shadow of doubt over the authenticity of the narrative's intentions. Crafted across 47 distinct locations over a span of 68 days, the teaser's tagline, "Running against the odds," stands in harmony with the official title.

The ensemble cast includes Faran Tahir, Saleem Mairaj, Raheela Agha, Salman Shahid, Shafqat Cheema, Usman Peerzada, Umer Aalam, Hamza Khawaja, Rabita Ali, Faiza Khan, Omair Rana, Adnan Shah Tipu, Rahim Pardesi, Hammad Siddique, Baatin Farouqi, with Rasheed essaying the titular role.

The intrigue deepens when considering Shoaib Akhtar's recent announcement that he has secured a restraining order against the creators of his purported biopic. This court-issued order effectively bars any filming and release of the film until a definitive verdict is reached in the ongoing legal wrangle.

In a forthright social media statement, the cricket luminary stated, "I have secured a stay order against the filming and release of the supposed biopic being made on my life by a certain group of people."

He also cautioned that those involved should be mindful of the potential legal consequences and reputational fallout stemming from their participation in the project.

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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