Based on the biopic of India’s most successful and controversial 90s cricket captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, the movie ‘Azhar’ is quite a lifeboat for many actors. Emraan’s last few movies have not been able to make much magic on the box office, while Prachi Desai, Lara Dutta and Nargis Fakhri have their Bollywood careers almost on the dwindling edge.
Emraan Hashmi plays ex-Indian cricket team captain Mohammad Azharuddin with absolute grace and sincerity, giving us a glimpse of Azhar from his cricket days in the 90s.
Prachi plays his first wife Naureen, with whom Azhar enjoyed a blissful married life for quite some time.
Blamed for match fixing, he defends himself through his game by hitting fours and sixes to prove his mettle to the Indian junta till he stumbles across the alluring actress Sangeeta Bijlani, played by Nargis Fakhri – and all hell breaks lose.
Also, ‘Oye Oye’ playing in the background should be completely justified here. Come on! It was the 90s.
Lara Dutta plays the fiery lawyer mouthing allegations on Azhar’s betrayal throughout.
Caught in the web of cricket politics, national disgrace (read: burning effigies) and guilt and heartbreaks, the movie depict the highs and lows of Azhar’s life.
Azharuddin faced a lifetime ban by the Indian Cricket Council on charges of match-fixing. What remains to be found is did he or did he not?
Like a typical Bollywood masala movie, this movie promises to be packed with lots of drama, plot-twists and glamour topped with high doses of emotions rolling down the cheeks.
And should we complain? After all, biopics don’t have it easy luring the Indian masses without an entertaining package.
Without further due, watch the catchy trailer here!
The movie releases on May 13.