He did justice to the role. I am hoping people will like the film,” the former cricketer told reporters. Directed by Tony D’Souza, the movie chronicles the life of Azharuddin, who was implicated in a cricket match-fixing scandal in 2000, and banned by BCCI for life. In 2012, however, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban, describing it as “unsustainable”.
There were reports that Azharuddin was not happy with the film’s makers regarding certain scenes. The sportsman, however, said that he liked the movie. “I really liked the film. Now it’s left up to the audience to give the verdict. Throughout my life, I entertained people, now it’s their turn…,” Azharuddin said of the movie.
He interacted with the media at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, where he and Emraan offered prayers ahead of the film’s release. ‘Azhar’ also stars Nargis Fakhri, who will be seen in the role of Azharuddin’s second wife and former actress Sangeeta Bijalni, and Prachi Desai as the sportsman’s first wife Naureen.