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Azhar

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13 May, 2016 2 hrs 10 mins U/A
Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Lara Dutta, Nargis Fakhri, Gautam Gulati, Manjot Singh, Kunaal Roy Kapur
Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Lara Dutta, Nargis Fakhri, Gautam Gulati, Manjot Singh, Kunaal Roy Kapur
Tony D Souza
3.5
3.1
Synopsis
Emraan bears no physical resemblance to Azharruddin. However his mannerisms—the blinking of his eyes and swagger add to a knockout performance. Watch Azhar for him.
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Story: A disclaimer at the start says that it is not a biopic on the life of one of the most celebrated and controversial Indian cricket captains Mohammad Azharuddin(Emraan). So the makers hoodwink you submission that it is not a biopic. But one has also to be blind, not to be able to see the similarities between Azhar's life and this film.

Review: You stay invested here because the material at hand combines India's two religions-cricket and films. Of course, this generation would rather see biopics on MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli. But, to give the devil his due, Azhar was an idol in the 80-90s. The film traces the rise of a prodigy born into a modest Muslim household in Hyderabad. As early as his 20s, he goes on to become one of the most accomplished Indian batsman and a paisa-vasool fielder.

Touching on Azhar's blazing test journey prophesied by his maternal grandfather (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), who tells him that he should invest in the flick of the wrist, not futile conversations, we are shown how the Muslim boy with `Mohammad' in his name, becomes an overnight rage after he slams back-to-back centuries. It is interesting to see how cricketers like Ravi (Gautam), Manoj (Karanvir) and Navjot (Manjot) who patronize him initially, later resent his rise as the Indian captain. The trappings of fame also rock his personal life. He strays from his arranged marriage to Naureen(Prachi) to an extra-marital affair with a Bollywood actress, Sangeeta(Nargis). And if that is not all, his career is threatened by a match-fixing allegation that forces him to take legal recourse.

His desire to play a hundred tests remains a pipe dream because he is banned after his 99th nine. Without giving away too much, here one must add that the court-room drama with Reddy (Kunal) defending him and Meera (Lara) against him, is partly banal, partly an eye-opener. Emraan bears no physical resemblance to Azharruddin. However his mannerisms—the blinking of his eyes and swagger add to a knockout performance.

Watch Azhar for him.

Also read this film's review in Telugu: 'అజహర్‌'
In-depth Analysis
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
  • Direction
    3/5
  • Dialogues
    3.5/5
  • Story
    4/5
  • Music
    3/5
  • Visual appeal
    3.5/5
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Avg Users’ Rating 3.1/5 ( 478 users )
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Daksh Raj
I Believe The The Sport & The Sportsman Should Be On The Top Here. We Simply Can Not Deny His Efforts & HardWork To Reach At That Level & Live Your Desire Not Everyone Makes It To That Level Even Though Plenty Of Us Are Capable Of Making It To That Level. So, I Feel He Deserves That Respect Atleast In That Part Of His Journey.
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Musa
awesome movie and music both
Boolsheet movie. facts twisted... the reality is azhar was match fixer
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