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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.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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