I have an early morning shoot tom & guess what ?,
I m still up this time of the night, full awake, feeling enthusiastic and very energetic coz I am writing the review of a film ,which I just watched half an hour ago…its not just a film..the name of the movie is #Azhar
Frankly speaking, I have never been a fan or have much followed the work or matches of the Ace Cricketer Mohd Azharuddin but I still so wanted to watch this film because of Mr Emraan Hashmi…trust me he will impress you through out…but the film fails-(
The film begins with a verbose disclaimer telling us that while this is a film on former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, it is not a biopic and that the characters in the film are fictionalized along with situations etc.
I will also not like to call this film a biopic because most of the scenes are fictionalized and true names have not been disclosed..in other words, it is loosely based on true events.
The film opens in New Delhi 2000 showing a cricketer called Manoj participating in a sting operation that implicates the Indian test captain Azhar. Later the South African cricketer Hansie Cronje accuses the Indian batsman in a match fixing case.
Hence,Azhar is banned when he has completed 99 matches for India.
A helpless Azhar (Emraan Hashmi) who has no other option but to his seek help from a lawyer friend Reddy (Kunaal Roy Kapur).
The other side of the case is being represented by the UK-based lawyer Mira (Lara Dutta).
As Reddy begins his background research, Azhar takes us through his life story.
We are taken down the memory lane of his birth in 1963, his grandfather (Kulbushan Kharbanda’s who is the most important person in Azhar’s life.
The second half only deals with Azhar proving himself innocent.
According to me, the movie ‘Azhar’ was presumably made because it had such a controversial figure at its centre, arising out of the fixing-matches-for-money controversy itself, which had such a deep- impact on the game not just nationally but internationally.
This movie has been made to clear the real player’s name and also to glorify him.
There is no intelligence or sharpness in the script — and follows the same predictable template and the same ingredients of commercial cinema.
This could have been a great inspiring tale about cricket or the cricket culture, which at the time fell prey to big money and glamour and never-ending temptations.
But the film, instead becomes a regular stuff Bollywood churns out, the cricket just becomes the background for masaledaar dialogues and songs.
The shots and blocking techniques are not good in the film..the director lacks imagination and has only used and played with C/S Shots through out the film. You will hardly notice the scene or the environment being established in the frame.
the first half is fast paced, but in the second half, as the facts become unclear and the narrative becomes convenient , the film ends up dragging towards the end.
But , Azhar overall is a commercially sound film and will appeal to the masses.
Emraan Hashmi is good and he plays himself in the film with the same swag and style.
Prachi Desai is decent and plays her part with perfect ease.
Kunaal Roy Kapur is the best and pays the role of the lawyer friend Reddy with a lot of conviction and perfection.
The rest of the cast is totally miscast – Nargis Fakhri did not look and act the part Sangeeta & none of the supporting actors look anything like their real-life counterparts especially Gautam Gulati as Ravi (Shastri) and Varun Badola as Kapil (Dev).
Overall, Azhar is a watchable film but falls short of being either insightful, or inspiring. Emraan Hashmi has done a swell job..watch it this weekend-)-)