Emraan Hashmi, who will be playing former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin in his upcoming biopic, has decided to surprise the latter on his birthday on Monday (February 8). The actor has shared an exclusive image from the film with HT Café, in which he resembles the cricketer from his early days. He will share the same image with Azharuddin online, on his birthday.
An insider says, “Emraan specially shot for this photo, which is inspired by Azhar’s early days, when he made his debut as a Test cricketer in the ’80s. He wants to show this picture to the cricketer to thank him for all the help and support he has provided him, and for all that the actor has learnt from him.”
The teaser of the forthcoming film Azhar, which will give a glimpse of the world of former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin, was launched by the film’s lead actor Emraan Hashmi in May, 2015.
In the teaser, the actor guides viewers through Azharuddin’s life from being a famed cricketer to being termed a traitor. The magic of Emraan’s voice backs the trailer, without giving a visual glimpse of the actor, whose look as Azhar was earlier revealed via a poster of the film.
While in character, Emraan tells viewers the three things that describe him in the best way -- a person who believes in god; his marital status and a black spot in his career due to match-fixing allegations.
In the teaser, The Dirty Picture actor is seen walking out of the pavilion amid a cheering crowd. The visuals segue from a happy fan moment to riots and burning of an effigy.
Directed by Tony D’Souza and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Pictures, Azhar is slated for a worldwide release on May 13, 2016.
Azharuddin led the Indian cricket team for most of the 1990s. He was implicated in a match-fixing scandal in 2000, and banned for life. But later in 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban.