On May 20, when the first look of the upcoming biopic on India’s former cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin – ‘Azhar’ – was officially launched in a star-studded ceremony, Azhar had said, “The movie is about my God, my marriage and match-fixing.”
True to the statement, the official teaser, which came out today (May 25), depicts only these aspects.
Emraan Hashmi, who portrays the cricketer in the movie, took to Twitter to share the teaser.
COLLAR UP !!! teaser of AZHAR !! http://t.co/NNO2uUBH09
— emraan hashmi (@emraanhashmi) May 25, 2015
The teaser shows Emraan Hashmi dressed up as Azhar on his way to the pitch with the narrative that follows as: “Main teen cheezon ke liye famous hoon. Ek, main khuda ko maanta hoon. Do, shaadi huyi hai meri (and a girl displays ‘marry me banner to him). Teen, match fix karne ka ilzaam hai mujhpar. Main Azhar…meri kahaani – 13 May 2016.”
While the narrative, in Emraan Hashmi’s voice mouths the last lines, a group of people attack and hit him, depicting just what he must have gone through when charged with the allegations of match-fixing.
Going by the teaser, the movie is also expected to showcase the old-world charm that the star cricketer exuded and made girls fall for him.
Emraan Hashmi’s voice has that intrigue that takes the teaser to another level, and we think, with ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ and ‘Azhar’, happy times have just started for him. He is, anyways, much more than a serial kisser and may be, it’s just about time to give him his due. His walking style a la Azhar is also near perfect.
The setting looks perfect as Emraan walks down the pavilion with people screaming with love and awe and then attacking, exactly what happens when you’re a cricketer or a Bollywood star in India.
Reports say that Prachi Desai will be playing the role of his first wife, while that of the second wife- Sangeeta Bijlani – remains undecided as of now.
Mohammad Azharuddin was implicated in a match-fixing scandal in the year 2000 and was subsequently banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The Andhra Pradesh High Court later lifted the ban in November 2012.