Former cricketer Imran Khan's political career and his complex relationship with his ex-wife Jemima are the focus of 'Kaptaan', an independent Pakistani film that is expected to be released later this year.
Faisal Aman Khan, a Britain-based independent filmmaker who is directing the film, met the cricketer-turned- politician several times while researching the project to get him to endorse the movie."Imran Khan was reluctant at first and claimed that it was more important to focus on other aspects of the country," Naveed Anwar, the film's assistant director and screenwriter, told The Express Tribune.
The film, currently in post-production, will be ready for distribution this fall but its producers are tight-lipped about the scheduled release date, the report said.
The filmmakers plan to release ‘Kaptaan’, which has a cast of 107 actors, in Pakistan and abroad. Anwar, who has directed several short films, said the film centres round Imran Khan's disappointment at Pakistan's dismal state of affairs, which triggered his entry into politics and juxtaposes Khan's struggle for Pakistan's future with that of Mohammad Ali Jinnah's, the country's founder.
The film is based on Imran Khan's life following the end of his cricket career.
The film also recreates scenes of major incidents such as his arrest at Punjab University in Lahore and his hunger strike while in jail. A local model, Abdul Mannan who bears an uncanny resemblance to the cricketer, will play Khan.