Took a lot of convincing for me to agree to 'Azhar': Mohammad Azharuddin on biopic

IANS

May,11 2016 15:05 15 IST

New Delhi: Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin, whose life will be depicted in the forthcoming Azhar, says that he took a lot of convincing before the film went on floors.

"I took a lot of convincing. When I read the script, I had to change a lot and the makers also agreed to the changes," Azharuddin told reporters at a press conferenceon Tuesday for the film's promotion.

Mohammad Azharuddin during his Team India days. Image from AFP

Mohammad Azharuddin during his Team India days. Image from AFP

He denied reports which suggested that actress Sangeeta Bijlani who was also the cricketer's former wife was apprehensive of her depiction in the film.

"I don't think so. Even I have read the reports but I don't know how true are they," he said.

Azhar will narrate the highs and lows of Azharuddin's life as the captain of the Indian cricket team for most of the 1990s, being tainted by a match-fixing scandal in 2000, and getting banned for life.

Àctor Emraan Hashmi will be seen playing the titular role in the film, which also stars Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri, Lara Dutta among others.

Directed by Tony D'Souza, Azhar, which is jointly produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Pictures, is set to release on Friday.