In a strange turn of events, Shoaib Akhtar and the film’s producers are engaged in a legal dispute as the official first-look trailer for Rawalpindi Express, a Shoaib Akhtar biopic, is released. To portray the iconic star, Mirza Gohar Rasheed took the position of pop artist Umair Jaswal.
Intense scenes involving deprivation, conflict, and health issues are included throughout the teaser. One of Pakistan’s greatest cricket stars ever, Shoaib Akhtar went on to achieve great success. In his guise of Shoaib Akhtar, Gohar Rasheed appears to be extremely frightening.
The movie, which was written and directed by Muhammad Faraq Qaiser, was shot over 68 days in 47 different locales. One cannot help but suspect that the “biopic” may merely be a highly dramatized rendition of events given the powerful soundtrack that the teaser is accompanied by.
Rasheed plays the title role, and the other actors in the cast include 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, and Baatin Farouqi.
Given that Akhtar just stated that he had secured a stay order against the producers of his purported biography, this is very noteworthy. Awaiting the outcome of the aforementioned case, the order forbids the film’s production and distribution.
He also cautioned those involved in the project to be mindful of their illegal behavior and the potential reputational damage it could cause.