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Azhar (2016)

Biographical sports drama based on the life of former Indian international cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin

Director:

Anthony D'Souza (as Tony D'Souza)

Writers:

Rajat Arora, Aditi Mediratta (associate writer)
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Credited cast:
Emraan Hashmi ... Azhar
Nargis Fakhri ... Sangeeta
Prachi Desai ... Naureen
Lara Dutta ... Meera Verma
Kunaal Roy Kapur ... Reddy
Gautam Gulati ... Ravi
Sammy John Heaney ... Kid no.4
Mohit Chhabra Mohit Chhabra ... Sachin
Anikie Maguire Anikie Maguire ... Racecourse Spectator
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Nanujaan
Rajesh Sharma ... M.K Sharma
Hemant Chaudhary Hemant Chaudhary ... Ad film director
Shernaz Patel ... Azhar's Mom
Virendra Saxena ... Azhar's Dad (as Veerendra Saxena)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nausheen Ahmed Nausheen Ahmed ... Reporter 1
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Biographical sports drama based on the life of former Indian international cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin

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Love him. Hate him. Judge him.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

INR 380,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 208,000,000 (India), 15 May 2016, Wide Release
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In the starting of the movie we see that Akshay Kumar has been given special thanks. This is because Azhar is the third film of director Tony D'Souza , his first two films being Blue and Boss , both featuring Akshay Kumar in lead roles. Tony D' Souza considers Akshay Kumar as his mentor and hence he was given special thanks in the beginning. See more »

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A Decent Watch!
16 May 2016 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Before Emraan Hashmi begins to portray Azhar, A Disclaimer shows up, saying: The following film is NOT a Biopic on the sport legend, but a rather adaptation on the much-talked personality. So, 'Azhar' is not a biopic, even though it covers almost all highlights of Azhar.

What works, despite that rather underwhelming disclaimer, is the fairly engaging narrative, held nicely by Director Tony D'Souza & Lead-Actor Emraan Hashmi, who bring merit & some sincerity in the goings-on. Though far from perfect, 'Azhar' is a decently made film, that certainly isn't anywhere close to being bad.

'Azhar' is Based on the life of Indian cricketer and former national team captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Right from his triumphant success, to his controversial professional & personal life.

'Azhar' is interesting in parts. Watching Azhar romance between his two wives, as well as take on captaincy in the Indian Team, offer some genuinely arresting sequences. His triumph does leave a mark. However, when Azhar is dragged to court for "match-fixing", the courtroom sequences that follow, are plain ordinary. The courtroom sequences lack fire. Had these sequences been better, 'Azhar' would've been a far superior adaptation.

Rajat Aroraa's Screenplay is quite decent, but why is the drama in the courtroom so lazily written? The Writing needed to be stronger, no two options on that! Even the dialogue, range from massy to entirely ridiculous. Tony D'Souza's Direction is well-done. He has handled the film competently. Cinematography is good. Editing is mostly crisp, but the second-hour could've been sharper. Music by Various Artists, is excellent. Background Score merits a special mention.

Performance-Wise: Emraan Hashmi as Mohammad Azharuddin/Azhar, is at his most sincere. The actor is in form, delivering a credible performance as the legendary sportsman. This is among Hashmi's better works, without doubt! Prachi Desai as Naureen, the first wife of Azharuddin, is excellent. Nargis Fakhri as yesteryear actress Sangeeta Bijlani, the second wife of Azharuddin, looks hot as ever, but falls flat acting wise. Lara Dutta as Meera, who fights against Azhar in court, is strictly okay. Kunaal Roy Kapur as Reddy, who defends Azhar, adapts a south Indian accent so fake, that he turns him into a caricature. Rajesh Sharma as M.K. Sharma, a slimy match fixer, is top-notch, as always. Others lend fair support.

On the whole, 'Azhar' isn't power packed, but its certainly watchable & also well-done in parts.


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