Azhar, directed by Tony D'Souza and written by Rajat Arora, is a sports biopic based on the life of Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.
The film is a story of Azhar and his journey to become one of India’s most successful cricket captains who later on was banned due to fixing charges.
Of course the movie is not to prove him innocent or else but it is based on a story, how a boy from lower class family became an international cricket player, how he and his family faced that situation when entire India was protesting against him.
AZHAR is a highly engaging piece of cinema that grips you completely and keeps you guessing.
The story telling is objective as it shows both sides of the coin.
There are quite few factors which makes “Azhar” a one-time watch.
First and foremost will be Emraan Hashmi, who tried his best to take this forward, even though at places where he could not match the real-life personality, he tries to manage to get through with his charm and dialogue delivery.
Then comes Kunaal Roy Kapoor, who plays the role Azhar’s best friend and lawyer did a commendable job.
The film has his moments, there are a few landmark dialogues, which draws in applause and cheers in the cinema hall.
The conversation between “Azharuddin” and “Javed Miandad” on the pitch was a great one. The argument between Kunaal and Lara in the court was a commendable one, like these you can find here and there handful dialogues which will lift your grounded spirits while watching “Azhar”.
Tony D’Souza literally plays a test match with the audience, he takes his sweet time to engage the audience.
The dialogues by Rajat Arora are brilliant, especially the one-liners.
This is one of Emraan Hashmi's finest roles - he makes you feel as if he is the real Azhar. Prachi and Nargis are both great in their respective roles. Lara Dutta is good but the real surprise is Kunaal Roy Kapur! Gautam Gulati, along with the other supporting actors, complete the movie.
A soulful soundtrack by Amaal Mallik and Pritam.
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