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Azhar Movie Review

Azhar Movie Review

Total Reviews - 11
Average Rating - 4.8/10
Yes - 4
No - 6
Neutral - 1

Critic Reviews Azhar

  • Gulf News | Review By -Majusha Radhakrishnan Rating-4/10
After watching Azhar, a viewer doesn’t return home with a better understanding of one of the biggest sporting scandals that rocked India in 2000. Episodes from his life have been plucked and randomly tweaked to make it a sanitised drama that has no particular direction. Slapping on a moustache and changing your gait into a lopsided one just doesn’t cut it. Clunky, cliched dialogues that dominate this film lets the movie down too.
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Meena Iyer Rating-7/10
Azhar's 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. Watch Azhar for him.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-4/10
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 is a complete misfire. It neither captures the spirit of the game nor the personality. A 2/5 for the film!
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  • Mid Day | Review By -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-5/10
'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.
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  • Rediff | Review By -Raja Sen Rating-3/10
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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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-3/10
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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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Rohit Vats Rating-6/10
D’Souza and dialogue writer Rajat Aroraa want you to believe there is much more than the philandering, spendthrift image behind the famously introvert former skipper. The version is over-dramaticised in stretches but the makers don’t deny any of the allegations, giving the scandal a spin that makes the film an interesting watch.
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  • News 18 | Review By -Divya Pal Rating-4/10
Even the overly drawn out courtroom scenes, which focus on the 12-year-long battle that Azharuddin fought to contest the life ban on cricket looks so clich├ęd. Like any ordinary Bollywood film, ‘Azhar’ too brings out the stark contrast between the lawyers by focusing on their accent and style. But couldn’t the director focus more on intelligent arguments? Viewers would have loved the film and found Hashmi’s inning as the former captain a lot more interesting only if the director hadn’t tried too hard to glorify Azhar as an underdog.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -BH Network Rating-8/10
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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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Sreeju Sudhakaran Rating-6/10
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. 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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  • Masala | Review By -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-4/10
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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Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri, Lara Dutta, Karanvir Sharma, Gautam Gulati, Manjot Singh, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Rajesh Sharma
Tony D Souza
Rajat Arora
Rajat Arora
Rakesh Singh
Amal Mallik, Anandji Virji Shah, DJ Chetas, Kalyanji Veerji Shah, Pritam Chakraborty
produced by: 
Ekta Kapoor
Drama, Sports
run time: 
131 minutes
censor certification: 

Plot Synopsis
Azhar is a Sports -Drama based on the life of controversial cricketer Mohhamad Azharuddin. Featuring Emraan Hashmi as Azharuddin, Prachi Desai as Naureen(Azharuddin's first wife) and Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani. '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 cricketer yet. From setting records to getting embroiled in the first ever match fixing scandal the country witnessed, the film traces Azhar's highs and his tremendous lows.