Former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar said earlier this year that his biography, Rawalpindi Express, is in the works. The announcement aroused speculation about who would perform the role of pacer. It has now been revealed that singer-actor Umair Jaswal would play Akhtar in the film.
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Jaswal rushed to Instagram on Wednesday to share a poster of himself donning Akhtar’s number 14 jersey. “I’m honoured to play Mr. Shoaib Akhtar, the living great, on the big screen in Rawalpindi Express.” May Allah’s blessings be with us while we pursue our goals. “We are excited to deliver you a first-of-its-kind biographical film deserving of worldwide recognition,” the ‘Gagar’ singer said.
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Muhammad Faraz Qaiser directed the film, which was written by Qaiser Nawaz and produced by Q Films Productions.
“The film will stretch from 1975 to 2002 and will require an actor to demonstrate physical metamorphosis.” Umair Jaswal is a sports and fitness fanatic who has been working on his body and fitness level for several months. “His passion is unrivalled, and he understands the seriousness of the job, as well as the commitment required to bring the persona of famous cricketer Shoaib Akhtar to life on screen,” Faraz stated in a press release.
He stated that the artist has a strong understanding of Akhtar’s bowling style and that he is thrilled to have him on board. He stated that he and his team are excited to begin filming in Pakistan, Dubai, New Zealand, and Australia in December of this year.
According to the singer-actor, this project is “a dream come true” for him as an actor, and he considers himself extremely privileged to be portraying the role on screen. “His life is a source of inspiration for me.” He is a sensation not only in Pakistan, but for all cricket fans worldwide. It is a great duty to bear, and I am fully aware of it. “I treasure every second of this trip, and I will always remember the time I spent with him preparing for this job, which demanded a new level of dedication and work,” Jaswal added.
He stated that Akhtar has narrated various stories as well as his experiences of ups and downs in order to become the international sensation that he is today. The Waar actor hopes the audience enjoys the story they have in store for them.
The rest of the cast is still unknown. Rawalpindi Express will be released on November 16, 2023.
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