Actor Emraan Hashmi who worked on Jannat — a movie about cricket match-fixing — six years ago, returns to its subject matter with Azhar, and the role has him baffled. “Jannat released six years ago, and there was a match-fixing subplot in that film as well. So I don’t know why I get only these controversial parts of cricket.
“But there is an inspirational story in Azhar as well, because Azhar bhai [Mohammad Azharuddin] with his captaincy helped us win for 10 years, and unfortunately in 2000, a big controversy happened,” Hashmi said at a radio station while promoting the film.
In Jannat, Hashmi played the role of a bookie who was good at predicting cricket scores, and eventually starts fixing matches. The film was a success at the box office.
In Azhar, he plays a character based on former Indian cricket captain Azharuddin, who was accused of match-fixing in 2000. After the incident, he was banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for life. The ban was, however, lifted in 2012.
“Jannat was the starting point. From Jannat to Azhar, it’s been a very good journey,” he said.
On Azharuddin’s inputs, Hashmi said: “This [match-fixing] is one dimension of cricket which Azhar bhai shared with us and also a lot of anecdotes about the sport.”
“The world of cricket is such that we have seen it from a distance. We obviously love the sport, but we don’t know about the conversations that take place in the locker rooms or the camaraderie between the players, the jokes and fights between them.
“We have not seen in detail these things during the 12 years of the match-fixing controversy,” Hashmi said.
Azhar also stars Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri and Lara Dutta.
emraan hashmi cricket betting movieEmraan Hashmi Reveals Why Horror Films Doesn’t Work In India： “Not Too Many People Have Explored It…”
Actor Emraan Hashmi, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film ‘Dybbuk: The Curse is Real’, has spoken about why horror films in India are not up to speed like other genres.
“(It’s) because not too many people have worked in the genre. Not too many people have explored it. Not too many filmmakers have been daring to do something new and different and it is a genre that people have not been able to tap good aesthetics… but when done well, the audience has sat up and noticed,” Emraan said during a conversation with IANS.
The film marks Emraan’s return to his favourite genre as he’ll be seen leading the film with Nikita Dutta and Manav Kaul in key roles. The film helmed by Jay K. is the official remake of the blockbuster Malayalam film ‘Ezra’. T-Series and Panorama Studios have joined forces to produce the film.
Asked as to why he wanted to star in a horror film again, Emraan Hashmi said: “After ‘Raaz’ I wanted to take a pause from the genre but the story of ‘Dybbuk’ and the way Jay had constructed the narrative and how he wanted to really revamp the horror genre for our country got me excited. That’s why I wanted to revisit the genre.”
The actor shared that the film “is a fresh take on horror, scares, the unpredictability and the introduction of a new culture that we don’t know about…”
He added: “The packaging, the way it is shot. It is shot very internationally so that is something I feel is very different from the horror films that have come out from our country.”
‘Dybbuk’ is all set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on October 29.
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Tiger 3 November, 2023 Selfiee 24 February, 2023 Untitled Emraan Hashmi Horror Film 2022 Harami 2022 Sab First Class Hai 2022 Chehre 27 August, 2021 Mumbai Saga 19 March, 2021 The Body 13 December, 2019 Why Cheat India 18 January, 2019 Father’s Day 2019 Kunal Deshmukh – Emraan Hashmi Next 2018 Baadshaho 01 September, 2017 Power 2017 Captain Nawab 2017 Raaz Reboot 16 September, 2016 Azhar 13 May, 2016 Aaaina 2016 Badtameez Dil 2016 Tigers 2016 Hamari Adhuri Kahani 12 June, 2015 Mr. X 17 April, 2015 Ungli 28 November, 2014 Raja Natwarlal 29 August, 2014 Ghanchakkar 28 June, 2013 Ek Thi Daayan 19 April, 2013 Rush 26 October, 2012 Raaz 3 07 September, 2012 Shanghai 08 June, 2012 Jannat 2 04 May, 2012 The Dirty Picture 02 December, 2011 Murder 2 08 July, 2011 Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji 28 January, 2011 Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad 08 October, 2010 Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 30 July, 2010 Tum Mile 13 November, 2009 Raaz – The Mystery Continues 23 January, 2009 Jannat 16 May, 2008 Good Boy Bad Boy 05 November, 2007 Awarapan 29 June, 2007 The Train 08 June, 2007 Dil Diya Hai 08 September, 2006 The Killer 21 July, 2006 Gangster 28 April, 2006 Aksar 03 February, 2006 Jawani Diwani – A Youthful Joyride 06 January, 2006 Kalyug 09 December, 2005 Chocolate 16 September, 2005 Aashiq Banaya Aapne 02 September, 2005 Zeher 25 March, 2005 Tumsa Nahin Dekha 24 September, 2004 Murder 02 April, 2004 Footpath 15 August, emraan hashmi cricket betting movieEmraan Hashmi 2003
Actor Emraan Hashmi, who is gearing up for the release of “Azhar”, says he had to essay former Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin’s role in a more dramatic fashion in the film.
Were you a cricket player before you did Azhar?
I wasn’t a hardcore cricket buff, but I believe cricket is a part of every Indian’s DNA. We can’t escape cricket. I also played cricket. But not the professional cricket that the captain of the Indian cricket team is expected to play after experience of 20 years. I had to observe Azhar’s batting style and try to play like him without aping him. This is by far the most challenging role I’ve done so far.
How faithful have you remained to Azharuddin’s character and career?
I wouldn’t call this a faithful biopic. Azhar is inspired by the events in Azharuddin’s life. But we’ve taken cinematic liberties by making it a full-on masala fare. At the same time, we’ve remained faithful to basic facts in Azharuddin’s life and career. So far we’ve never seen Indian cricket players up, close and personal sharing their jokes and hiccups. At the point when all the controversies were happening he was very quiet. The film speaks up on his behalf.
Azharuddin seems very supportive of the film.
Yes, he was supportive from the word go. My director Tony d’Souza and I had to do nothing major to win over his confidence. He was very frank and honest about the incidents in his life. He was very clear about the way the film would be made and we were also very clear about how we wanted to make the film.
Was there a lot of brainstorming between Azharuddin and you?
We spent about a year and a half trying to understand Azharuddin’s life and thoughts. We would chat about his younger days and what happened during the match-fixing controversy. He helped us to get a perspective on the way I played the character.
Azharuddin is not the first real-life character that you’ve played.
I played a real-life character in Danis Tanovic’s “Tigers”. But I had never met the guy. With Azharuddin it was different. People know him and his life. I got to know him too. We got a chance to telescope and microscope 20 years of his life, his victories, the humiliation after the (match-fixing) scandal, the way he lived, spoke, walked and the way he looked.
Did you faithfully imbibe all of Azharuddin’s traits?
I had to play him more dramatically. There were dialogues and heightened emotions that had to be brought in. But at the same time, we haven’t dramatised the actual incidents and events to the extent that the original is unrecognisable. We’ve kept the proceedings real while giving it a Hindi film twist.
Has emraan hashmi cricket betting movieEmraan Hashmi the film taken sides on the question of Azhar’s guilt/non-guilt in the match-fixing allegations?
This is a story that has never really been told. We read about it. But we never knew what Azharuddin actually went through. We had to enhance the dramatic impact by maybe 20 percent to ensure audiences’ attention.