Emraan Hashmi starrer Azhar has received mixed reviews. Most of the people have praised the performance of Emraan and Prachi and criticized one sided story. Let’s take a look at Azhar reviews and rating by top critics.
Azhar will have you captivated with its grit and enigma. Also, brace yourself for some shocking revelations that you may find tough to digest. But as the film was a biopic on a cricketer, it could have been much better with proper visual effects. The star cast was also not that strong which is required for a biopic.
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. Azhar could have been bad-ass, controversial, exciting, masaledaar… alas the simplistic safe treatment leaves it pretty bland.
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!
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!
Whether you’re a cricket fan or not, Azhar will keep you glued to the seat. Go for it.
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!
This is one of those films you can watch because your wife wants a tub of popcorn and you want an outing to shush a domestic crisis. But for Azhar’s lovers or even film buffs, the film is an opportunity lost. It is watchable, despite the corny, over-the-top dialogues, but never becomes a fitting tribute to a fallen hero. At no point will you feel Azhar’s hurt or frustration. Yes, the one thing it will surely make you do is rewatch his old matches. In there lies a better story than the one Emraan plays out on screen.
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.
Generous kissing scenes and punchlines can’t exactly be called hindrances for a film that has a long disclaimer about not being a biopic. Once you start treating it as fictional, it becomes much more attractive. The Emraan Hashmi charm mixed with shy Azharuddin mannerism makes it a heady cocktail. You wouldn’t want to put it down without giving a try.
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 (or is it not as the long disclaimer at the beginning of the film tries to tell us in no uncertain terms) 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.
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.
His desire to play a hundred tests remains a pipe dream because he is banned after his 99th nine. Without giving away too much, here one must add that the court-room drama with Reddy (Kunal) defending him and Meera (Lara) against him, is partly banal, partly an eye-opener. Emraan bears no physical resemblance to Azharruddin. However his mannerisms—the blinking of his eyes and swagger add to a knockout performance.
The ghost of match-fixing and the allegations run across the run-time, and what exactly a player goes through if he's innocent is what 'Azhar' summarises. Go, watch it for the love of cricket.
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