“I am cherishing every moment of this journey"
Actor-singer Umair Jaswal is set to play ex-cricketer Shoaib Akhtar in the biopic Rawalpindi Express.
On November 16, 2022, Umair Jaswal posted a picture of himself on Instagram sporting Akhtar’s number 14 shirt.
The ‘Gagar’ singer announced:
“I’m honoured to play the living legend, Mr Shoaib Akhtar on the big screen in Rawalpindi Express.
“With Allah’s blessings may we succeed in our endeavours.
“We look forward to bringing to you a first-of-its-kind biopic film worthy of worldwide recognition.”
Celebrities took to Umair’s Instagram post to congratulate the Yalghaar actor.
Musician Bilal Maqsood said: “That’s amazing.”
Additionally, his brothers Uzair and Yasir Jaswal used uplifting emojis to congratulate and express their affection.
Umair claimed that the role of the pacer in the film “is a dream come true” for him as an actor and that he is incredibly grateful for the opportunity.
Speaking about his admiration for Shoaib Akhtar, Umair elaborated:
“His life is an inspiration. He is not just a superstar in Pakistan but for all cricket lovers globally.
“It is a huge responsibility to shoulder, and I am completely aware of this.”
“I am cherishing every moment of this journey and I will always treasure the time spent with him in preparing for this role which required a new level of dedication and effort.”
Umair pointed out that Shoaib has shared a number of tales as well as the ups and downs he went through to become the famous international figure he is today.
He hopes that the story they have in store for the public will be a hit.
The biopic is directed by Tahseen Shaukat while Muhammad Faraz Qaiser wrote the script.
Muhammad said that he is pleased to have Umair Jaswal on board:
“The film will span from 1975 to 2002 and requires physical transformation to be shown by an actor.
“Umair Jaswal perfectly fits the role as he is a sports and fitness enthusiast and has worked on his body and fitness level for several months.
“His dedication is unparalleled and he recognises the gravity of the role, and commitment required to bring in the persona of legendary cricketer Shoaib Akhtar live on screen.”
Additionally, Muhammad revealed that he and the film crew are eager to begin filming in Pakistan, Dubai, New Zealand and Australia in December 2022.
The remaining cast members of the biopic are still to be announced.
Rawalpindi Express is scheduled to be released on November 16, 2023.