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Rohit Shetty to make film on former Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria

The biopic will be based on the officer's memoirs, Rakesh Maria: Let Me Say It Now. 

Rakesh Maria and Rohit Shetty

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Cop-obsessed filmmaker Rohit Shetty is now all set to bring to life the story of Mumbai’s former police commissioner Rakesh Maria. The biopic will be based on the police officer’s book Rakesh Maria: Let Me Say It Now and will be produced by Reliance Entertainment. 

Maria is known for cracking terror cases like the 1993 Bombay serial bomb blasts and the 2003 Zaveri Bazaar and Gateway of India twin blasts. He also interrogated terrorist Ajmal Kasab after the 26/11 terror strike in Mumbai in 2008. 

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

Maria is happy that his life story will be helmed by Shetty. “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,” he said.

Shetty, who is renowned for his cop universe —  which comprises Singham (2011), Singham Returns (2014), Simmba (2018) and Sooryavanshi (2021) — is currently working on his Amazon Prime Video cop series Indian Police Force. It stars Sidharth Malhotra, Vivek Oberoi and Shilpa Shetty Kundra.