Shoaib Akhtar pulls out of his ‘Rawalpindi Express’ biopic, threatens legal action if makers go ahead with project

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Pakistan pace icon Shoaib Akhtar has pulled out of his biopic ‘Rawalpindi Express’ citing breach of contract. The 47-year-old confirmed this on Saturday, January 21.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, Akhtar mentioned that after thinking about it for several months, he has decided to cancel his biopic deal. Moreover, the veteran speedster added that he reached the final decision only after consultation with his management and legal team.

At the same time, Shoaib has also given a stern warning to the makers of the film that he will take legal action against them if they decide to continue making the film from here.

Of course, it was a dream project: Shoaib Akhtar

“It is with great regret that I would like to inform you all that after months of careful consideration, I have decided through my management and legal team to terminate the contract and disassociate myself from Rawalpindi Express and its makers. Of course, it was a dream project and I tried hard to stick and stay on the boat but unfortunately, things were not going well,Akhtar wrote on his official Twitter handle.

“Failure to resolve disagreements and continued breach of contract eventually led us to cut ties with them. So I quit the project following all the legal protocols of relinquishing rights to my life story,” he added.

Shoaib’s tweet concluded, “Strict legal action will be taken if makers continue to make biopics and use my name and life events in any way.”

Las Julyt year, Shoaib Akhtar confirmed through his social media handle that a biopic is being made in his name and titled “Rawalpindi Express – running against the odds”. The biopic was scheduled to release on November 16, 2023. An elated Akhtar also mentioned that this was going to be the first foreign film to feature a Pakistani athlete.

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