Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Lara Dutta, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri.
Dir by Tony D’Souza.
Almost 17 years ago, when he was banned by the BCCI for his alleged role in match-fixing and three-and-a-half years after he won a court case against the ‘illegal’ punishment, a biopic has brought Mohammed Azharuddin right back into debates. Usually, in all these long years, Azhar has steadfastly refused to talk about the match-fixing scandal that ended his career in ignominy, but, very clearly, gave his consent to film-makers to have his say on celluloid after all these years.
Azhar, though it claims to be a work of fiction, seems like an attempt to narrate the player’s side of the story, finally exonerative, but with a happy ending. Azharuddin, a man with sublime, wristy flicks and effortless, languid strokes, is first shown accepting money from a bookie to...