CAST: Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri, Lara Dutta, Gautam Gulati, Kunal Roy Kapur, Karanvir Sharma and Manjot Singh
DURATION: 2 hours 11 minutes
Emraan Hashmi starrer ‘Azhar’ has received mixed reviews from the audience. Directed by Tony D’Souza ‘Azhar’ is a biopic based on the life of former Indian cricketer Mohammad Azhaurddin, features Emraan in the lead role. Prachi Desai plays the role of his wife Naureen, while Nargis Fakhri plays the role of his second wife Sangeeta Bijlani.
Emraan Hashmi delivers a solid century, a la Azharuddin. The actor metamorphoses into Azhar on screen, living every bit of his life. The film works for most parts due to Emraan's brilliant performance. Be it while locking lips with his two heroines or hitting the balls out of the stadium, Hashmi performs everything with elan. Prachi Desai slips into the character of Azharuddin's first wife Naureen with ease, making the viewer feel the pain of rejection. Nargis Fakhri doesn't have much to do in the film, but she tries her best to be Sangeeta Bijlani.
Among the supporting cast, Lara Dutta is fabulous as the Meera. The ever-dependable Kunal Roy Kapur doesn't disappoint either. He is largely responsible for the film's several moments of comic relief. Gautam Gulati's Ravi Shastri and Manjot Singh's Navjot Singh Sidhu are both affable and pleasing to watch.
Tony D'Souza's fictionalisation of Azharuddin's life works in most parts, but comes out as a deeply eulogising exercise. The film doesn't address the greyer issues of Azhar's career, even when most of it is on the match-fixing allegations that the cricketer had to deal with.
In all, this Tony D'Souza film works solely because of Emraan Hashmi. The actor pours in his heart and soul into playing Azhar, being Azhar.
The ghost of match-fixing and the allegations run across the run-time, and what exactly a player goes through if he's innocent is what 'Azhar' summarises. Go; watch it for the love of cricket!