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Azhar Review

Azhar Movie Review

Average Ratings:2.44/5 
Score: 37% Positive 
Reviews Counted: 10
Positive: 3
Neutral: 2
Negative: 5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff
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.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahta Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business
On the whole, Azhar is an engaging film but not consistently so. It has drama and thrill but lacks the emotional high of a human drama. It will, therefore, not be able to score enough at the box-office to break even.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Meena Iyer Site:Times Of India
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. But, to give the devil his due, Azhar was an idol in the 80-90s. The film traces the rise of a prodigy born into a modest Muslim household in Hyderabad. Emraan bears no physical resemblance to Azharruddin. However his mannerisms—the blinking of his eyes and swagger add to a knockout performance. Watch Azhar for him
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubha Saha Site:NDTV
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. It is sad because Tony D'Souza, the director of Azhar biopic is supposedly talking about the tumultuous and adventurous life of one of the finest cricketers that the country has seen and all we remember now is how shockingly tacky any subject in hand, however interesting, can be turned into.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
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.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Surabhi Redkar Site:Koimoi
Azhar is a film that glorifies Azharuddin as an underdog. For a fan of Cricket or Azhar, it comes as a huge disappointment due to mediocrity of the content. You could give this one a miss!Azhar could easily be said to be one of the weakest films when it comes to portraying a real-life character on-screen. The writers have a great subject at hand and there is so much to explore but what they stick to is an overly commercial approach. Azhar is a complete misfiled. It neither captures the spirit of the game nor the personality. A 2/5 for the film!
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Hungama Site:BollywoodHungama
On the whole, 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!
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Sreeju Sudhakaran Site:Bollywood Life
There is a line in the film where Azhar says people forget all his achievements just because he made a couple of mistakes. That was the thread the film should have followed – a man on top of his game, compromising his character in a weak moment – instead of writing a narrative that completely whitewashes the character. Like last year’s Talwar, the movie should have left the decision for the audiences to make whether Azhar was the wronged one or not. However, the makers lacked the guts to do so, making this a totally one sided match. But kudos to Emraan Hashmi who makes the proceedings believable!
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Lokesh Dharmani Site:Masala
The film is a simplistic, he-didn’t-do-anything-wrong take on the cricketer. It never delves into grey areas, no character build-up, no introspection, no redemption. Even the matches lack the nail-biting excitement. The lead starcast doesn’t leave any great impression; however, Lara Dutta and Kunal Roy Kapur as supporting starcast look earnest and deliver decent performances. Azhar could have been bad-ass, controversial, exciting, masaledaar… alas the simplistic safe treatment leaves it pretty bland..
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Manjusha Radhakrishnan Site:GulfNews
When there’s an opportunity to expose the underbelly of the cricketing game, why did the director focus on Azhar’s limp personal life? Episodes from his life have been plucked and randomly tweaked to make it a sanitised drama that has no particular direction. The events in Azhar,which has already received the stamp of approval from its subject Azharuddin, seemed to have been designed to make the cricketer look good.The film would have benefitted greatly if all that effort had gone into making its dialogues less corny.
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Azhar Story:  

'Azhar' is based on a few highly talked about incidents and facts in former Indian cricket captain Azharuddin's life, who ended up becoming the country's most controversial sportsman yet. From setting world records that are yet to be broken, to getting embroiled in the first ever match fixing scandal the country witnessed, the film traces Azhar's insurmountable highs and his tremendous lows.

Azhar Release Date:

May 13 2016

 Director:  Tony D'Souza

 Producer:  Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor , Sony Pictures Networks

Emraan Hashmi as Mohammad Azharuddin
 Prachi Desai as Naureen,  the first wife of Azharuddin
Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani, the second wife of Azharuddin
Lara Dutta as a lawyer
Karanvir Sharma (actor) as Manoj Prabhakar
 Gautam Gulati as Ravi Shastri
Manjot Singh as Navjot Singh Sidhu

Run Time:  2 hours and 9 Minutes

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  1. They were going to Cast Real Azhar in the Movie but they were Scared that He Might Do Fixing in the Movie as Well,Thats Why They took Emraan Kissme so He can Only Kiss instead of Fixing or Acting

  2. Such people like you have no right to speak anything about anyone! They are stars and they work according to the script! And because of their hard work they are stars and filthy people like you who just likes to comment negativity are aNOnymous! Poor guy who hides his identity to comment negativity! If you're admirer of good work then comment as an anonymous!

    1. Hey chakkey, if you like Emran kissme so much, go and watch his movies. Why do you come here to tell everyone not to talk anything bad about him?

    2. Viraj Desai Mentaly retarded Film kaisi lagi yeh bata ,doosri ki comments ke baare mein mat bol ,paagal kahin kaa

    3. This shows your mental level! Poor guy! Dusro ko chakkey bolne se pehle yeh socho ki tum khud hi apni identity chupa ke baat kar rahe Ho! So use your brain guys if you have! I don't think kuch hoga upar tumhare! Iss liye to iss website pe apne ghar mein jo language use karte ho woh likhte Ho! Both anonymous! May god help you! Ha lekin aap ki ek baat sahi hai ki mujhe movie ke baare mein hi bolna chahiye tha kyonki jinke paas dimag hi naa Ho unko bolke kya faida!

    4. Viraj, dont put personal comments, everybody has his/her opinion, talk abt movie, and we all know what azhar did to his country..

    5. Ye viraj bhai abhi abhi english ka tution leke aaya hai esliye practice yahan kar raha hai, bhaiyon just ignore him

    6. Anuj, if you are talking about me that I should not put any personal comments then first see what you are doing by giving your mindless thoughts on my english! You should give your review on the movie! This thinking of yours should be applicable to you, too! If you think I am pointing out someone then you're totally wrong because my friend as a person it is easy to see the mistakes of others but it's hard to accept your faults if you have done wrong! And as far as my English speaking skills are concerned than you should see yours! "EVERYBODY HAS HIS/HER OPINION " LOL

    7. Viraj you r wrong . The movie is full bakwas movie and away from reality. Azhar was a match fixer and he had cheated our nation

  3. bikao review of TOI and Hungama(Taran Adarsh) will not fool anyone. This is not a sports film but a soap opera. 1/5

  4. Worst biopic ever made. Totally dissapointing. Emraan hashmi in role of azhar is totally mismatch. Movie totally late down. My rating is 1/5.

  5. Bakwas movie. Worst biopic ever made in the history of bolleywood. My rating is 0.5/5.

  6. Waiting for Gaurav Rai's review......

  7. अज़हर:
    वन्स अपॉन अ टाइम इन क्रिकेट [1/5]

    शुरुआत में ही, अपने तीन पैराग्राफ लम्बे बयान [Disclaimer] के साथ ‘अज़हर’ विवादों से बचने और कुछ बहुत जरूरी सवालों से मीलों दूर रहने की समझदार कोशिश में दर्शकों पर इतनी शर्तें लाद देती है कि कहना मुश्किल हो जाता है, आप एक जीते-जागते शख्सियत पर बनी एक ईमानदार फिल्म देखने जा रहे हैं या फिर एक पूरी तरह मनगढ़ंत कहानी. फिल्म की विश्वसनीयता, नीयत और सूरत का अंदाज़ा आप इसी बात से लगा सकते हैं कि अगर इसका नाम ‘अज़हर’ न होकर ‘जन्नत 3’ या ‘वन्स अपॉन अ टाइम इन क्रिकेट’ भी होता, तो भी फिल्म की सीरत में कोई बड़ा बदलाव नहीं दिखता. आखिर में रहती तो ये इमरान हाशमी की ही फिल्म. आगे बढ़ने से पहले एक Disclaimer मैं भी पढ़ देना चाहता हूं, “आगे की पंक्तियों में ‘अज़हर’ शब्द का इस्तेमाल सिर्फ और सिर्फ फिल्म के शीर्षक और फिल्म के मुख्य किरदार के लिए किया जा रहा है. इसका किसी भी मशहूर क्रिकेटर या पूर्व सांसद से कोई लेना देना नहीं है.” लीजिये, अब मैं भी फिल्म की राह पर पूरी तरह स्वच्छंद और स्वतंत्र हूँ, कुछ भी उल-जलूल लिखने-कहने के लिए!

    99वें टेस्ट मैच में शानदार प्रदर्शन के बाद, अज़हर [इमरान हाशमी] अब अपने नानूजान [कुलभूषण खरबंदा] के सपने से सिर्फ एक मैच और दूर है, जब उसे मैच-फिक्सिंग के इल्ज़ाम में क्रिकेट खेलने से बैन कर दिया जाता है. इस फिल्म वाले अज़हर को भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम के सबसे कामयाब कप्तान मोहम्मद अज़हरुद्दीन के रूप में देखने की गलती करने की आपको पूरी छूट है, हालाँकि मुझे ये दोनों [परदे का अज़हर और असलियत के अज़हरुद्दीन] वो दो जुड़वाँ भाई लगते हैं जिनका आपस में कुछ भी मिलता नहीं. न शकल, न हाव-भाव! हाँ, फिल्म की कुछ घटनाएं और किरदार जरूर आपको इस भूल-भुलैय्ये में उलझाये रखते हैं कि आप एक सच्ची कहानी देख रहे हैं. मसलन, अज़हर के साथ ड्रेसिंग रूम शेयर करते मनोज प्रभाकर [करणवीर शर्मा], नवजोत सिंह सिद्धू [मंजोत सिंह], रवि शास्त्री [गौतम गुलाटी], कपिल देव [वरुण वडोला] और अज़हर की जिंदगी में खासा दखल रखने वाली 90 के दशक की खूबसूरत बॉलीवुड एक्ट्रेस संगीता बिजलानी [नरगिस फाखरी]. इन सबमें अगर कोई अपने किरदार के बहुत करीब तक पहुँच पाने में कामयाब हुआ है तो वो हैं सिर्फ नरगिस. उनका और संगीता बिजलानी दोनों का ही एक्टिंग से कभी कोई सरोकार रहा नहीं.

    हालाँकि ‘अज़हर’ सनसनीखेज बने रहने का कोई मौका हाथ से जाने नहीं देती, पर दिक्कत वहां मुंह बाये खड़ी हो जाती है जब फिल्म ईमानदारी से कहानी कहने की बजाय अज़हर को ‘हीरो’, ‘बेक़सूर’ और ‘बेचारा’ बनाने और बताने की जी-तोड़ कोशिश आप पर थोपने लगती है. रोमांच और रोमांस का तड़का जिस सस्ते, हलके और ठन्डे तरीके से फिल्म में परोसा जाता है, आप मोहम्मद अज़हरुद्दीन [फिल्म वाला नहीं, असली वाला] से सिर्फ हमदर्दी ही जता पाते हैं. ‘देश’, ‘मुल्क’ और ‘कौम’ जैसे भारी-भरकम शब्दों के बार-बार खोखले इस्तेमाल से अगर आप बच भी जाएँ, तो ‘सच ये, सच वो’ का जुमला आपका दम घोंटने के लिए काफी है. रजत अरोरा के दोयम दर्जे के संवाद सिर्फ शब्दों की हेरा-फेरी तक ही अपना जादू चला पाते हैं. उनके मायने ढूँढने की गलती कीजियेगा भी मत.

    ‘अज़हर’ एक निहायत ही डरपोक किस्म की नाकाबिल फिल्म है जो सिर्फ उन बातों को चुनती है, जिनके कहने-सुनने में किसी तरह का कोई अन्तर्विरोध पैदा न हो. एक बहुत ही हलकी फिल्म जो अपने ‘हीरो’ के साथ कहीं से भी कोई न्याय नहीं करती! फिल्म में बुकी से पैसे लेकर भी अच्छा खेल जाने पर अज़हर की सफाई सुनिए, “मैंने पैसे रख लिए ताकि तुम किसी और खिलाड़ी तक पहुँच न सको...तुम्हारे पैसे वापस भिजवा रहा हूँ’. अब अपनी कहानी में तो सब खुद ही हीरो होते हैं, इसमें नया क्या है? बस्स, इस कहानी में दम नहीं! [1/5]

    1. bakvas's not so bad that you's best entertaining movie....achche mood me jake movie dekha karo.......

    2. gaurav sir bahut hi badhiya review in apni matra bhasha hindi me.keep it up in hindi.

  8. This is the first time I have seen that IMDb rating of azhar is much better than these reviewers present here.. I am not any kind of reviewer but definetely will say azhar is pure entertainment. The morning shows were packed and with lots of claps in theatre.. And please if reviewers know much better than anyone then why not they make a movie which shall be without any fault.
    And anonymous can only do what they are meant to do here.
    Azhar is a complete winner. Loved the movie. Not me only, the whole theatre. Kudos to emraan hashmi.

  9. Worst Biopic ever made... Through movie Just wanna portray Azharuddin as hero... Instead they should have left it to audience to decide whether he was guilty or not. It was more of a like Azhar expressing himself through movie.

  10. Azhar Movie Review | Rating 3/5

    Azhar is a film which looks good in snippets but when all those pieces are stitched together, it looks disorganized and confusing. It is like reading a book where a naughty boy has arranged all the pages in a random order. Mohd Azharuddin was a popular name in Indian cricket, which became further infamous after his match fixing controversy. Controversies are like popcorn, the more the merrier and Bollywood loves popcorn :) That is the reason, no one bothered to make a movie on Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.

    Rajat Aroraa wrote this film from Azhar's perspective in which Azhar is shown as the hero of nation. A patriot who always thought of his country, his team before self. The beauty about perspective is that everyone has it. For that matter, even Raavan had his own perspective! I don't want to take sides and discuss whether Azhar was guilty or not. You can watch the movie and decide whose perspective who believe more.

    Emraan Hashmi is the only good thing in the film worth watching. You'll love his swagger (which he did even better than real Azhar), his machismo, flamboyance and his one liners. I loved this one - When Javed Miandad tells him that Pakistan will win because today is Jumma, Azhar responds "Lagta hai aap bhool gaye bade bhai, mere to naam main hi Mohammad hai". Whistle Whistle! Emraan has done everything that'll make you love him just that he doesn't look like Mohd Azharuddin. Those who love cricket will tell you that Azhar used to speak very fast almost mumbling his words. Who can forget his pet line "Well the boys played well"

    Prachi Desai doesn't have much screen presence and I was disappointed to see her in a non-glamorous avatar. One can't expect any acting from Nargis Fakhri. One top it, she had to shed copious tears in the film which was difficult than a Mt Everest expedition for her. In all the emotional scenes, you'll get confused whether she is sad or suffering from common cold blowing her nose in tissues! Better read your script next time Nargis and stay away from those emotional roles. Lara Dutta sports a poker face in the film. Perhaps no one told her that "being stern" and "being emotionless" aren't synonyms. Rajesh Sharma plays role of bookie M.K. Sharma with great conviction. For a great actor like him, this role was a cake walk.

    Kulbhushan Kharbanda plays the role of Azhar's Nanujaan who inspires him to become the great cricketer. It is a very strong character full of emotions and successfully draws audience empathy towards Azhar. It is a totally made up fictional character and one of the favorite Bollywood masala tricks. Remember Milkha Singh's Grandpa's voice haunting him in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag as a cover up for him losing the race. Total filmy!

    A big round of applause for Kunaal Roy Kapur for finally doing something which can remotely qualify as an acting. He has set such a low benchmark for himself that even a 1% effort from him looks so great. Bravo! All other cricketers looks artificial. Especially, when we all know how Manoj Prabhakar, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev, Siddhu Paaji and Ajay Jadeja actually looks like and speak. It is difficult to create them onscreen once again with someone else.

    Music of the film is above average and the songs would be played in your car stereo system for at least 2-3 months. Full marks to DJ Chetas and Nargis Fakhri for recreating Oye Oye. This song is going to rock the dance floor. Unfortunately, film doesn't have full song so you'll miss the opportunity to see Nargis sizzle the big screen. So much oomph got wasted :D

    Verdict: You can watch the film as a masala docu-drama to understand the match fixing controversy. If you like Emraan Hashmi than you'll enjoy his style in the film. A typical Bollywood masala lemonade soda which offers nothing different but no harm in sipping it again and again ;)


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