Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar on Sunday announced that he has disassociated himself from his biopic 'Rawalpindi Express - Running against the odds'. The movie, which was set to release on November 13, 2023, is now likely to be shelved after the cricketer threatened to take legal action if makers continue to make his biography film and use his name or life story events in any way.
The former pacer took to Twitter to announce the news. Notably, Akhtar unveiled the motion poster of the movie in July last year.
"Very sadly, I would like to inform all of you that after careful consideration of months, I have decided to disassociate myself from the film "Rawalpindi Express" and its makers by terminating the agreement through my management and legal team, said Akhtar in a tweet.
"Definitely, it was a dream project, and I tried a lot to prevent and stay in the boat, but unfortunately, things were not going well. Failure to resolve disagreements amicably and constant contractual violations finally resulted in us to cut ties with them. Therefore, I have left the project after complying all legal protocols of revoking the rights to the story of my life. Severe action will be taken if the makers continue to make biography film and use my name or life story events in any way," he added.
Shoaib Akhtar was called the 'Rawalpindi Express' for being the fastest bowler of all time. Akhtar still holds the record for bowling the fastest-recorded delivery in cricket. The pacer played 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20Is for Pakistan in which he took 178, 247, and 19 wickets, respectively.