Azhar is Indian biographical sports film based on the life of the former Indian international cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin, who was involved in a match fixing scandal in 2000. Wikipedia
This could have been a great cautionary tale about a great sport at a time when it was just becoming the arena it has grown into—full of big money and glamour, bigger endorsements and never-ending temptations : it is, instead, an inept ‘tamasha’, not very different from the stuff Bollywood churns out, the cricket just the superstructure for tired song-and-dance and melodrama, in living rooms and court-rooms. Nope, this ‘Azhar’ doesn’t hit it out of the stadium.
As a work of fan-fiction, Azhar is a mostly watchable film with a solid lead, but falls far short of being either entertaining, insightful, or worthy of recommendation. Hashmi and D'Souza try hard, and their effort shows.I just wish I could have said the boys played well.
The Emraan Hashmi charm mixed with shy Azharuddin mannerism makes it a heady cocktail. You wouldn’t want to put it down without giving it a try.
Too late even for a late night show, this one should have hit the theatres a decade ago. It would have made sense then. Now, it will drown in the next trending troll on Twitter. Even on Facebook. Like cricket, fixing has now become an art. Planners book five-star hotels to cast their net, divide matches as if they are planning high-sea fishing (each must have his own zone of catch). You have to be bloody realistic — like Blood Diamond — to make something like this going.
A good story but a decade late...The movie has its sparks but very few.
It is at its heart the story of innocence lost -- the innocence of Azhar, the innocence of unnumbered fans who invested in his magic, the innocence of a sport that had shed its shady origins and reinvented itself as ‘the gentleman’s game’. And it is this that makes the story of Azhar a natural for a biopic.What we get, instead, is a fanpic -- a bland, badly-set soufflé of Bollywood tropes without a soul.
You stay invested here because the material at hand combines India's two religions-cricket and films. Of course, this generation would rather see biopics on MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli.
“Azhar” is an unmitigated disaster only because of its relentless idolization of an obviously flawed man. A more subtle, honest and casual admission of the cricketer’s repeated lapses in judgments would perhaps have made him look less greedy, and more deserving of sympathy and forgiveness.
Whether you’re a cricket fan or not, Azhar will keep you glued to the seat. Go for it.
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.
Azhar is a complete misfiled. It neither captures the spirit of the game nor the personality.
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. You are simultaneously treated to the arguments for and against the verdict on Azhar's personal and public upheavals. You are also made to come across a fiercely hungry actor in Emraan Hashmi who simply grabs you by your eyeballs and compels you to witness his masterful knock! AZHAR is a superlative watching experience. Don't miss it for anything!
Azhar’s is an intriguing story, if only the film was as engaging.
Director Tony D'Souza's Azhar is a vanilla look at a story that could've been both riveting and hard hitting. In stead of presenting Mohammed Azharuddin as a man of many contradictions and supreme talent, it portrays him as a victim and stoic person. In a classic example of bad taste, the film also casts moral aspersions on other cricketers but projects Azhar as a righteous hero. It's the oldest trick in the book to gain sympathy. Sadly, it's just not good enough.
What a pity, though. Azhar could honestly have been a great biopic, even within its own self-imposed limitations. Instead, like Azharuddin, it chooses to ignore its own potential and thereby shoots itself in the foot.
'Azhar' is clearly made as an attempt at redemption for the tainted cricketer and India's ex-captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Unfortunately, you walk out of the theatre with no emotions, no sympathy, except for remorse at having wasted another two hours of your life on a strictly mediocre film.
Audience Reviews for Azhar
All of us were told that this film is a biographical sports drama based on Mohammad Azharuddin's life. But mind you this is not a Biopic since Tony D'Souza and his team declare that it is not of a biopic genre.
Emraan Hashmi plays Mohammad Azharuddin, a tireless, spirited and passionate cricketer. He is India's' Cricket team Captain and leads the game very successfully. Naureen (Prachi Desai) is his wife who is warm loving and has a strong attachment with him. Duo meet in an arrange marriage. Then in london he meets the alluring actress Sangeeta Bijlani (Nargis Fakhri) and falls in love with her being aware of his marital status. He is then caught in a match fixing and his dreadful life starts leading to bizarre situations and court rooms.
Emraan emulates well but gets slightly defeated by the dull act show he puts up . He is not immediately very convincing. Prachi has very few scenes but creates a good impact, she is able to exhibit wife's emotions very clearly . And Nargis completely dissappoints. She fails to get in the character as the beautiful Sangeeta. She is a misfit. Lawyers (Lara Dutta and Kunal Roy Kapur) do justice to their roles and are morally good.
What does not work as well are the court room scenes and some needlessly placed dialogues and acts too. The Director would perceive shortly from the reviews that dousing the appetite with an overdose of long run time and acts and also court scenes partially annihilates the film causing indigestion. Neither this film has a message beyond nor any plus point. It praises Azharuddin as a scapegoat and a loser too. A dismay for all the cricket fans. I am going with 4 stars - A Flimsy Film.
f you go by the initial disclaimers ( yes, there are several, filling the entire screen) you will know that what you are about to watch is a ‘kaalpanik chitra’ (imaginary film) which is based on the ‘vibhinna ghatnaon’ (many episodes) of the life of a disgraced captain of the Indian cricket team; that any resemblance to any real event is ‘matra ek sanyog’ (a mere coincidence), and that it doesn’t intend to ‘hurt’ any ‘sanstha’ (organization) or ‘corporate’.
Azhar s not a biopic,its just a judgement for the controversy of azhar life,if we see in such manner its an awesome film.next, emrann hashmi acting is top class
Dil chahta h ki film ko bar bar dekhu
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