Azhar (2016)

Hindi Sports, Drama
Critics Score
Total Reviews: 65
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Review Summary: A great performance from Emraan Hashmi can't save a losing game!

Average Critic Rating: (2.38)
Cast: Emraan Hashmi , Prachi Desai
Director: Tony D’Souza
Release Date: 13 May 2016
Est. Budget: 38.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 33.0 CR

Plot: Azhar is a 2016 Indian Sports-Drama film directed by Tony D’Souza. The film is a biopic about the former Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin and is produced by Ekta Kapoor,[1] Shobha Kapoor and Sneha Rajani under their banners Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Pictures. The film is scheduled to release Read more

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Azhar - Top Reviews

A weak telling of an explosive story!
Sonia Chopra, Sify
A quick recap of Mohammad Azharuddin's controversial innings!
Ritika Handoo, Zee News
Whitewashing Azhar into a Cricketer Bhi Kabhi Devta Tha
Khalid Mohamed, Spot Boye
I just wish I could have said the boys played well.
Raja Sen, Rediff
This Emraan Hashmi movie has been made to clear the real player’s name
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Azhar remains a fairly arresting watch, essentially for the real-life story it explores
Sonia Chopra, Sify
The courtroom drama in the second half is almost unbearable with Lara Dutta as a prosecutor lawyer screeching her way till the end with Rajat Arora's bordering on nonsense rhyming dialogues and, of course, a feeble attempt at trying to attribute Azhar's deed (or misdeed?) to patriotism
Emraan Hashmi as Azharuddin has a tough task at hand, as his body type is entirely different from the real character that he's playing. However, Emraan plays it with so much sincerity that at times he is the only one who seems to make any sense in this forgettable movie.
It's a brave but pointless attempt to make a fallen star look less fallen. Is there such a thing? The film claims it to be a work of fiction, and manages to make it such a drag, you wonder why they would try and convince people that there was righteous innocence in a game known to be tainted by money.
Manisha Lakhne, Now Running
The slant is obvious, and becomes its biggest downfall
Sneha May Francis, Emirates 24X7
A Failure On Every Level
Suprateek Chatterjee, Huffington Post

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Azhar - All Reviews

Azhar does not glorify the former skipper
Shakya Mitra, Business Standard
'Azhar', is a mostly watchable film with a solid lead, but falls far short of being either entertaining, insightful, or worthy of recommendation
Source, Sen City
One expected a few melodious tracks and there are a couple in the offering
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama
Real or fixed, Emraan Hashmi makes it interesting
Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times
Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal
This film is predominantly about the court case, match-fixing, cricket world
Source, Indian Express
If others including cricketers and former officials are free to express themselves, as a former captain he certainly deserves to have his say even if it comes by way of masala fare.
Nonika Singh, Tribune India
Emraan Hashmi fails to give a captain’s knock
Whether you’re a cricket fan or not, Emraan Hashmi's performance keeps you glued
Sarita A Tanwar, DNA India
Azhar is a complete misfilled. It neither captures the spirit of the game nor the personality.
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
A Defensive Recreation Of A Controversial Inning
Udita Jhunjhunwala, Business of Cinema
Emraan Hashmi fails to make the fallen hero shine again...
Pink Villa
A good story but a decade late
SHANTANU GUHA RAY, Deccan Chronicle
A more subtle, honest and casual admission of the cricketer’s repeated lapses in judgments would perhaps have made him look less greedy, and more deserving of sympathy and forgiveness.
Anupriya Kumar, Reuters
Was one of India’s finest batsmen and successful skippers guilty of throwing matches for money?
Another lazy Indian biopic that wastes a riveting subject
Rahul Desai, Catch News
Azhar’s is an intriguing story, if only the film was as engaging.
Rummana Ahmad, Yahoo India
Full marks for effort, but poorly told story
Pramod Ananth, Cricket Country
Emraan Hashmi Gets Thumbs Up For His Portrayal Of Azharuddin!
Filmi Beat
Emraan Hashmi Does Well, But ‘Azhar’ Is Tacky And A PR Exercise For The Former Captain
Gayatri Gauri, Scoop Whoop
With half-truths and sans entertainment, “Azhar” is uninspiring. It fails to make an impressive innings.
The movie, however, makes you want to think deeper into the life of Azharuddin - and even believe that he is right in what he does.
Khaleej Times
Watch it if you too are curious about the the story of the once-celebrated captain of the Indian cricket team who only seconds M.S.Dhoni in being the most successful
Emraan Hashmi plays a BRILLIANT knock in a totally one-sided match!
Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life
The audio is good enough given the genre
Rafat, Glam Sham
More masala than biopic, still makes for a good watch
Hindustan Times
In the tacky biopic ‘Azhar’, only Emraan Hashmi has a good innings
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
Rahul Vaishnavi, The Statesman
As the tagline of the movie suggest, love him, hate him, judge him, however, if you look at the movie it simply gives the signal that the director only loves Emraan.
Just Bollywood
Not a biopic but Emraan Hashmi gets it right
Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle
फिल्म नहीं धारावाहिक लगती है 'अजहर
R J Alok, Aaj Tak
Emraan strikes a six, gives real Azhar an image scrub
Ananya Bhattacharya, India Today
Emraan Hashmi Knocks It Out Of The Park With His Swagger Act And Makes 'Azhar' An Engaging Inning!
Madhuri Prabhu, Claps N Slaps
On the whole, AZHAR is a highly engaging piece of cinema that grips you completely and keeps you guessing...
Bollywood Hungama
If you’re unconvinced about Azhar’s innocence, this biopic won’t change your mind
Uday Bhatia, Live Mint
Emraan Hashmi Shines in Azhar, the Film Not So Much
Stutee Ghosh, The Quint
AZHAR is a good one time watch if ever you were a fan of the cricketer!
Martin D'Souza, Glam Sham
उम्मीद पर खरी नहीं उतरती 'अजहर'
Azhar' Is An Unexciting Take On The Cricketer's Life
Aniruddha Guha, Mens XP
Emraan Hashmi is Superb in This Well-made Entertainer
R.M. Vijayakar, India West
Watch it for some dramatic moments and Emraan Hashmi
Box Office Capsule
An engaging multi-genre film about cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Murtaza Ali, Desi Martini
Emraan bears no physical resemblance to Azharruddin. However his mannerisms—the blinking of his eyes and swagger add to a knockout performance.
Meena Iyer, Times of India
This Emraan Hashmi starrer will please Mohammad Azharuddin but may disappoint Chetan Bhagat!
Prathamesh Jadhav, India.Com
Average multi-composer fare where Amaal Malik delivers best
Vipin, Music Aloud
Right from the time Azhar was born, his grandfather used to tell everyone that Azhar would go on to play 100 matches for India.
Komal Nahta, KomalsReviews
Emraan Hashmi excels, the biopic fails
Rakesh Jha, India TV News
Movie Chemistry between Emraan and Prachi Desai is spectacular
John Kaery, The Reporter Times
This Emraan Hashmi-starrer is an opportunity lost
Anna MM Vetticad, First Post
A poor innings of half truths
Business Standard
Azhar could have been bad-ass, controversial, exciting, masaledaar… alas the simplistic safe treatment leaves it pretty bland.
Lokesh Dharmani, Masala
What we get, instead, is a fanpic -- a bland, badly-set soufflé of Bollywood tropes without a soul.
Prem Panicker, Rediff