Biopic on Raqibul’s life announced

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:11, Jul 12,2020


Raqibul Hasan

Former Bangladesh captain and a pioneer in the country’s cricket Raqibul Hasan on Sunday confirmed that he has agreed to a biopic movie to be made on his life, which would make him the first Bangladeshi sports-person to have his life depicted on the silver screen.

The movie, which is still untitled, will depict the eventful life of the former opening batsman, who was the only Bengali to play for Pakistan before Bangladesh’s independence and then led the Tigers in their first venture in international cricket post-independence.

Raqibul’s journey to cricket, his contributions during the liberation war in 1971 and his work as an administrator in the Bangladesh Cricket Board will be depicted through the movie.

Raqibul said that the film will show actual occurrences of his life with some fictional elements as per the story’s requirement.

‘There will be a biopic movie... I gave them a few conditions. They must establish the truth; they must show real incidences of my career. They can also add some fictitious things in the movie, I have given them that clearance,’ Raqibul told New Age on Sunday.

The movie will be directed by Bunti Afzal and produced by Rumana Sharmin Swati from production house ‘Half Pant Cinema Factory’ and the script will be written by sports journalist and writer Debbrata Mukherjee.

Raqibul said that he was first approached for the biopic 15 days ago by Debbrata and officially agreed to it on Sunday.

The production house was yet to announce who will portray Raqibul’s character in the movie.

Raqibul estimated that the film will most likely begin production in October-November this year and mentioned that the movie production was moving slowly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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