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If you belong to my age group and were a cricket fan, you will remember the heartache that came with allegation of match-fixing against Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja - arguably, the most loved cricketers of that time. For generation next of the game's fans it is like finding out that all those matches we lost, were because Dhoni or Kohli got a huge payoff for losing them. Ouch, that hurts.
So, now we have a biopic on Azharuddin. Considering the man himself is involved in some of the film's promotion, it is highly unlikely that we will see both sides of the story. However, knowing what we know about his ban from the game, we take it with a pinch of salt and think of it as his perspective.
Watching with that in mind, Azhar brings a certain amount of excited anticipation. It will be different. I am not too sure I want to see too much of his personal life. But, yes, it will bring two of my favorites together – cricket and movies.
Interestingly, I didn't expect this of the Cricket Biopic trio to come first. It certainly is likely to be the most interesting story because the one on Sachin Tendulkar will most likely be all adulatory and rightly so and the one on Mahendra Singh Dhoni is seemingly about his rags-to-riches story. Azhar seems to be the only controversial one, one that feels more like a story, rather than an account or a documentary.