Director: Tony D’Souza
Star Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri and Gautam Gulati
Duration: 2 Hours 11 minutes
Director Tony D’Souza is not new to Bollywood. He has earlier made two films Blue (2009) and Boss (2013) with big stars and now he is ready with his third film Azhar, which is a biographical film made on the life of former Indian Cricket Captain Mohammad Azharuddin and the controversial match fixing scandal that brought huge storm to the Indian cricket. Let’s go through Azhar film review and know how it is.
Related: Watch the official trailer of Azhar
Azhar as the name suggest revolves around a Hyderabad born child Mohammad Azharuddin (Emraan Hashmi), who starts liking cricket because of his maternal grandfather. In a very young age of 21, he went onto made his place in the National team and started his dream career with 3 consecutive tons in test cricket which is still a record. In a very short span of time, Azhar became one of the most popular and stylist cricketer in the world. Later on he became Indian Captain and led the side for most of 1990’s. Apart from his cricketing life, he has a wife Naureen (Prachi Desai) but dramatically, a model turned actress Sangeeta (Nargis Fakhri), who is very beautiful and glamorous came into his life and he falls in love with her. Azhar broke his first marriage and ties the knot with Sangeeta. After this, his name has been disclosed in a match fixing scandal and suddenly his popularity finishes in a moment. He has been banned by the BCCI and he fights his case in court.
The film is based on former Cricketer Azharuddin and with the help of cinematic privileges, director tries his best to add on all the ingredients of a masala entertainer but it seems that the story is quite confusing in between the showcase of Azhar’s life and the match fixing scandal. The dialogues written by Rajat Arora are not even impressive to hear. Before its release, all knew that people would compare Azhar with the other biopics made on Marry Kom and Milkha Singh but it certainly not stands in front of them. It could even better than this. The film only shows the brighter side of Azhar and only showcases him as a hero.
Although, Emraan Hashmi doent look alike with Azhar but he tried his best to portray him on big screen. We can see his hard work throughout the film and he is the only actor who shines from beginning to end. Nargis Fakhri and Prachi Desai look good in their respective characters along with Lara Dutta. Kunaal Roy Kapoor as a lawyer has disappointed his fans. He puts extra effort into his role that doesn’t look natural.
Azhar’s music is the only thing to cheer. Its songs have already been popular among the people; especially the soulful track Itni Si Baat sung by Arijit Singh tops the music charts.
Azhar is a good effort by the makers but they failed to get the end results what we were expecting but still if you are a big fan of Emraan and Azhar, you can watch it for once but if you are fond of biopics, this is certainly not the film you have to watch.