Directed by Tony D’Souza, Azhar brilliantly captures every bit of Mohammad Azharuddin’s life with Emraan Hashmi, Nargis Fakhri and Prachi Desai in pivotal roles and Lara Dutta and Kunal Roy Kapur in supporting roles. The movie showcases Emraan Hashmi beautifully metamorphosing into Azhar who is fascinated by the lure of easy money and the glamorous world of cricket. This fictionalization covers every facet of Azharuddin’s life- his relationship with his two wives, Naureen (Prachi) and Sangeeta (Nargis Fakhri), his equation with the Indian cricket team and his downfall because of the match- fixing allegations hurled at him.
Emraan Hashmi, Actor:
“I was very excited to play Azhar. I felt there is a very special story about his life... His humble beginnings in Hyderabad, how he came to the Indian cricket team, became the captain and led India to so many victories. It’s a story of a fallen hero, which I found interesting. He’s a great teacher. We bonded over a lot of conversations about his life. There was practice session for almost 3 hours everyday and I used to watch him and imbibe things from his game.”
Extraaa Shots of Azhar
- Emraan Hashmi was personally trained by Mohammad Azharuddin himself where Azharuddin shared his techniques and unique playing style with Emraan
- At first, Emraan refused to read the script as Azhar had disapproved the first draft. Only after the cricketer approved the final did the Emraan read it, after a year later
- After Emraan was finalised, he worked with Azhar’s son Asaduddin to get right the former cricketer’s body language, batting style and other nuances