Movie Review:Azhar (2016)
Director: Tony D’Souza
Genre: Drama (Sports-Drama/Biopic)
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri, Lara Dutta, with Kunaal Roy Kapur, and introducing Gautam Gulati as Ravish
Writer: Rajat Arora
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Walking into the movie Azhar, you’ll be expecting to see a lot of the preconceived notions you have about the man and the cricketer unfold on screen. By the time the movie is over, you’ll be walking out questioning most of what you thought you knew, your preconceived beliefs having been dealt a severe blow.
Director Tony D’Souza and his writer Rajat Arora brilliantly capture the journey of one of India’s greatest batsman, right from his birth to his eventual exoneration by the court, focusing equally on Azharuddin’s storied career as well as the shocking scandal that derailed it. Along the way, he makes us remember that this man’s career is indeed worth remembering, and the controversy that erupted toward the end of it needs to be looked at from a different angle. Tony’s Boss and Blue suddenly feel like distant memories.
Emraan Hashmi, finally gets a movie deserving his talents after some time. He smashes every dialogue, every scene, every mannerism, every inflection in his tone, and every expression in his eyes for a six. When all’s said and done, it may not go down as the year’s best male performance, but it’ll definitely be remembered among the year’s ten best.
Azhar may not go down as one of the best biopics ever made. But, when the dust settles on the movie and its eponymous subject’s story, quite literally, it’ll emerge as a highly absorbing tale that takes you through a roller coaster of emotions and nostalgia. Perhaps, the best aspect of the movie is how it compels you to introspect and question whether Azhar was actually guilty. And, that itself is a rare feat for any movie to accomplish.
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