Hindi film industry is in love with biopics and specially sports personalities. We have seen some outstanding tales like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Paan Singh Tomar and the latest Mary Kom. Sports drama is the new love of Bollywood.
Following the league is our talented actor Emraan Hashmi’s latest project Azhar based on the proficient cricketer Mohhamad Azharuddin. The much awaited film has finally hit the theatres. Prachi Desai and Nargis Fakhri play the roles of Azhar’s wives in the movie. Tony D’souza is the director and Ekta Kapoor has produced it.
Azhar (Emraan Hashmi) lives day and night with one dream to play 100 test matches for the nation. Azhar’s grandfather (Kulbhushan Kharbanda). Azhar is enjoying the phase of a successful cricketer and a happy married man with his lovely wife Naureen (Prachi Desai). Success takes on him and the marriage crosses paths when he is wooed by an accomplished actress Sangeeta (Nargis Fakhri).
Azhar transforms from an introvert and reserved man to more outgoing and fancy living kind. From a rosy romance the cricketer is stormed by a match fixing scandal and lifetime ban. He decided to fight against the accusation and goes to court.
Azhar’s journey of success, romance, fame, popularity, controversy, struggle has been beautifully sketched by director Tony D’souza. Emraan excels as Mohammed Azharuddin. The cricketer’s struggle to erase the scar on his identity, his pursuit to become the best, the sincerity in loving both the women in his life – Emraan lived all these phases as Azhar.
Rajat Arora known for striking dialogues has hit sixes and boundaries once again. Prachi Desai steals hearts as the simple looking wife yet determined to stick through Azhar in his rough times. Nargis as Sangeeta fits the bill. She looks glamorous and also manages to act emotional in some scenes.
Kunal Roy Kapoor and Lara Dutta – one as Azhar’s lawyer and the latter as prosecutor play their roles well. Pritam and Amal Mallik’s music is ruling the chart busters. 'Itni Si Baat Hain' and 'Bol do Na Zara' have mesmerized the audience already.
Azhar is a go getter! A superb tale narrated with brilliant screenplay, proficient editing and camera work , soothing music and spell bound performances!