Blind critic movie review of Azhar
May 27, 2016
A blind perspective:
Azhar is a sports drama starring Emraan Hashmi, Lara Dutta, Prachi Desai and Nargis Fakhri. The movie about the Indian cricketer and former captain of India Mohammad Azharuddin is directed by Tony D'souza, written by Rajat Aroraa and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor.
The movie starts with Azhar scoring a century in his 99th Test match. However, the Indian cricket board imposes a ban on him on the charges of match fixing and having links with the London-based bookie M K Sharma. Azhar challenges his ban in court to prove his innocence with the help of his lawyer friend Reddy.
This is followed by a flashback into the early life of Azhar which gives the audience a glimpse into his middleclass life, grandpa's encouragement for him to play cricket, selection and teammates. It also gives us a look into his personal life such as his relationship with his first wife Norin (Desai) and his affair with the Bollywood actress Sangeeta (Nargis). His success in the sports field including his progress to the captain's job and finally the moment when he became the victim of the unfair charges is also shown. The movie then moves to the present where there is a court battle during which Azhar and his friend Reddy struggle to prove his innocence while at the same time he faces nationwide criticism. London-based lawyer Meera (Dutta) puts up a strong case through a sting operation done by Ravi and Manoj against Azhar. Finally after 8 years, the case gets solved by Reddy which proves that Azhar was not able to defend himself due to lack of evidence. Norin and Sangeeta come for his support and the court lifts the ban imposed on him.
Over all, the film revolves around the personal and the professional life of Azharuddin and the flashbacks help his fans to understand the lives of Azhar and Norin. The music and songs in the movie are pleasant. As a blind audience, the musical background helps to understand the mood of the scenes. However, in some scenes and flashbacks, it is difficult to understand what is happening in the movie. Azhar is a one-time watch for those who want to know the life of Azharuddin.
A sighted perspective:
Azhar is a decent take on the life of Azharuddin before and after the match-fixing scandal. During the movie, I had to frequently explain certain scenes to my visually impaired friend as there were many flashbacks and certain emotional scenes where there were no dialogues. Azhar is a good watch for Azharuddin fans and those who are curious about the match fixing scandal surrounding him.