Azhar - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

A collection of newspaper articles presented in the form of moving images. Yet, it brings some form of closure to not-so-happy trip down nostalgia, even if it is fictional.



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32 reviewers have given Azhar an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)

6 yays
13 nays
13 so-so

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Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...Azhar is not an apologetic bio-pic. It doesn’t try too hard to portray the fallen hero as a victim. The director lets the story tell itself out in the hope that the truth will emerge in the process. It does. To a point. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...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! ... full review

Thumbs up by Mohammad Murtaza Ali , Desi Martini ...Overall, Azhar, despite its flaws and inconsistencies, proves to be an engaging cinematic experience. How it succeeds in weaving together different genres is quite commendable. The movie's real highlight is its nonlinear narrative constructed using brilliant flashbacks thanks to some topnotch editing. Just like Azhar’s career and life, the movie also has its highs and lows, but there is not a moment in there that can be described as boring. Recommended! ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Whether you’re a cricket fan or not, Azhar will keep you glued to the seat. Go for it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today ...n all, this Tony D'Souza film works solely because of Emraan Hashmi. The actor pours in his heart and soul into playing Azhar, being Azhar.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Watch Azhar for him. ... full review

So-So by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...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! ... full review

So-So by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle ...The film does touch upon the dark side of match-fixing and shows how Azhar was deserted by his people during the trying times. In fact, there is also a scene where he is shown accepting money to throw away a match. But how Azhar’s character deals with that situation is for you to find out in the theaters. Contrary to what many would expect, the film is not a one-sided affair. However, by the end of it, Azhar does come out looking like a hero. ... full review

So-So by Yatharth Chauhan, Desi Martini ...Azhar in totality is one of those matches that you won not because you played well, but the other team just didn’t turn out! Though for all the effort that Emraan put behind this work of ‘dramatized biopic’, he deserves some extra marks! ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...The story between him and his first wife is sweet and the romance between him and Sangeeta Bijlani takes place mostly over a song and a few scenes of her saying no and he looking at her intensely in true Emran Hashmi fashion. ... full review

So-So by Parampara Patil Hashmi , Desi Martini ...Watch it once for the masala, even better skip it. You won’t miss much! ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, ...But that is another story, for another biopic. Hopefully, if it does come about, it would not be just entertainment! ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats , Hindustan Times ...The Emraan Hashmi charm mixed with shy Azharuddin mannerism makes it a heady cocktail. You wouldn’t want to put it down without giving it a try. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...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.... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...A problem with this film is that it won't agree well with ardent Azhar fans, given the slips in factual accuracy. And his detractors would argue against his engineered victim image in the film. So the point is, who does that leave Azhar with? ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, NDTV ...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. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Azhar’s most weighty dialogue comes much later— that scoring a 100 is important, no one applauds for a 99. In the end, the character calls the entire allegation and his winning the court case “the biggest test-match of his life”. If only the onscreen attempt was half as complex and intriguing as the real story. ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...It is to Emraan Hashmi’s credit that he has approached his part in all sincerity. He rises above the mediocrity of the script to essay a commendable performance. Emraan makes ‘Azhar’ watchable. ... full review

So-So by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...Lara Dutta plays a crisp and tough nut defence lawyer, who is impressive in her enactment but sadly loses in the end. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Azhar is a superficial look at the life of one of the most enigmatic and intriguing sporting stars this country has ever seen. It is an opportunity lost. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Hashmi looks like he’s in a hurry to say his lines and get back home. I was shocked seeing his smug grin when his lawyer wins a point in court. I wanted to tell him this isn’t a tennis match.... full review

Thumbs down by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...The only selling point of the movie is the truth about Azhar, given the man himself was promoting the movie. The truth is provided subtly and you may not really like the way it was handled or justified. Important episodes like Cronje's never gets touched. The worst part about the movie is the kind of actors picked to play other cricketers - almost laughable. Avoid!... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Director Tony D'Souza's Azhar is a vanilla look at a story that could've been both riveting and hard hitting. In stead of presenting Mohammed Azharuddin as a man of many contradictions and supreme talent, it portrays him as a victim and stoic person. In a classic example of bad taste, the film also casts moral aspersions on other cricketers but projects Azhar as a righteous hero. It's the oldest trick in the book to gain sympathy. Sadly, it's just not good enough. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...That’s the gist of the story then. Unfortunately the manner in which it is put across on screen is entirely confusing. The timeline shifts back and forth in it’s attempt to derive complexity. But the hasty shifts don’t reveal anything new or interesting. There is no depth to the storyline and the entire set-up is weak and hackneyed. The dialogues sound pompous and bombastic, the performances are unrealistic and the narrative gets bogged down by it’s own central conceit. ... full review

Thumbs down by Zehra Abbas , ...Mohammad Azharuddin had some glorious moments on the pitch, and his fans, or any cricket fan for that matter, will expect, no demand, that the match scenes allow us to experience a rush of adrenaline, goose bumps and patriotism all in equal measure. And therein lies the tragedy of Azhar - it fails to give us even that thrill. ... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Pal, IBN Live ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Azhar is a complete misfilled. It neither captures the spirit of the game nor the personality. A 2/5 for the film! ... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Scenes like these work because they riff on the Azhar we once knew. But the film isn’t interested in bringing him down to our level—it wants to raise him back to where he used to be... full review

Thumbs down by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...It is quite unfortunate that the makers of the film lacked the courage to show what actually happened and decided to go ahead with a PR exercise to benefit Mohammad Azharuddin, so if you wanted to watch the film to gain some insight into the life of Azhar, you are advised to avoid this one. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down by Prem Panicker., Rediff ...What we get, instead, is a fanpic -- a bland, badly-set soufflé of Bollywood tropes without a soul. ... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...In the name of acting you have Emraan being stiff, staring deep into the camera, looking far from his comfortable self. Prachi and Nargis weep buckets when they are not being coy. Nargis does it most inelegantly. If that wasn’t all there is also Kunaal Roy Kapur as Azhar’s lawyer. As yet another stereotype of the South Indian in Bollywood, he irritates to the hilt. So does the film. ... full review