Review: Azhar



Genre: Biography, Sport
Duration: 131 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 13-MAY-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 on 5 (Neither Bad Nor Good)

Azhar movie traces the journey of renowned cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin. The cricketer has had several achievements in his career but his fame has also led to many controversies.

Overall Review:
Directed by: Tony D’Souza & penned by: Rajat Aroraa, Azhar is a biographical sports film inspired by the real life of most favorite Former Indian Cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin. Emraan plays the title role and bears no physical resemblance to Azharruddin. However his mannerisms like: the blinking of his eyes, his posture, walking style to name a few, adds to his knockout performance. Emraan has impressed with his performance, but the overall story has let down. The disclaimer itself states at the starting point in the film as this is just a fictional story and not a complete biopic version of Mohd. Azharuddin. It has been modified to suit the film. The film would have benefited greatly if all the efforts had gone into making movie’s screenplay tighter. The first half builds Azhar’s character and tries to whitewash it, but twist near the interval tells us that truth will prevail. It’s second half that makes the script weak. Match-fixing scandal, Shady bookies, glamorous world and a tainted Indian cricket captain trying to clear his name in Bollywood style but it fails at the end.

Performance & Technical Review:
Azhar’s character in reality is a tough personality to crack on screen, but Emraan has managed to fit into his persona. Prachi Desai plays the role of his first wife Naureen & is perfectly cast as the shy and modest wife, while Nargis Fakhri who plays the role of his second wife Sangeeta Bijlani, was extremely bad in her role. The other supporting casts of Azhar who supports as Indian Team Captain like: Gautam Gulati as Ravi Shashtri, Manjot Singh as Navjot Singh Siddhu are side-lined. The soundtrack of film is composed by Amal Mallik and is strictly OK.

PDF Verdict:
Sports dramas like: Chak De India, Mary Kom, Saala Khadoos had brilliantly captured the politics in the sports world, unfortunately ‘Azhar’ fails. It remains, but sadly a story of a fallen hero, “fixed” Bollywood style. See the film only for Emraan’s Performance.

Ratings: 3 on 5 (Neither Bad Nor Good)
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 2.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5

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