25 February, 2021

Azhar

Seems like an attempt to narrate the player’s side of the story, finally exonerative, but with a happy ending.

Azhar
outlookindia.com
2016-05-20T22:27:47+05:30

Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Lara Dutta, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri.
Dir by Tony D’Souza.
Rating: **

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...

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