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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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 😀

    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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