Rohit Shetty to helm Reliance biopic on Rakesh Maria

Rohit Shetty (right) with ace cop Rakesh Maria, whose biopic he is directing. Photo: Universal Communications

Rohit Shetty and Reliance Entertainment join hands again to produce a biopic on one of Mumbai’s most revered top cops and former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Rakesh Maria.

The biopic will be based on the experiences of Maria’s accomplished career and will be mentored by Rohit Shetty himself.

Talking about the announcement, producer and director Rohit Shetty said, “Rakesh Maria, is the man who stared terror in the face for 36 years! His incredible journey spans all the way from the 1993 blasts in Mumbai, with the underworld menace, to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. I feel truly honored to be bringing this real-life super cop’s brave & fearless journey to the screen!”

Rakesh Maria, an IPS officer, cleared his Civil Service Examination from the 1981 batch. As Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) in 1993, he cracked the Bombay serial blasts case, and later moved to DCP (Crime) and then Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), of the Mumbai Police.

Maria also solved the 2003 Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar twin blasts case.  He was also given the responsibility of investigating the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008 and interrogated Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive, and successfully investigated the case.

Rakesh Maria commented, “It is exciting to re-live the journey, especially when piloted by a brilliant director like Rohit Shetty. More than the nostalgia, it’s also a valuable opportunity to place before the people the extraordinary work of the Mumbai Police when facing tough challenges and working against all odds.”

Rohit is sure having his hands, plate and everything full, adding several feathers to his already crowded hat. Cirkus featuring Ranveer Singh is in post-production, he has just announced his web debut, Indian Police Force, featuring Sidharth Malhotra, Shilpa Shetty and Vivek Oberoi, and is now doing this film as well. As per buzz, Singham 3 is also on the anvil.

And in the final analysis, we are sure missing the comic side of Rohit, last seen almost six years ago in Golmaal Again!





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