Saturday, 7 May 2016

Azhar the life of Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin

It took 12 long years for one of the best batsman of India, Mohammad Azharuddin to come out clean from the match-fixing scandal.
On November 27, 2000, Azharuddin was found guilty of match-fixing, while Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar and Ajay Sharma were found guilty of having links with bookies. On December 5, 2000, Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma were banned from cricket for life.
The former captain has finally got the chance to express his side of the story,through a sports film titled Azhar.
“It’s not a biopic. It’s a gist of events that took place in my life. Some good, some heartbreaking. Not everything you read in the public domain is accurate. This is an effort to set some things right,” Azharuddin told The Hindu on Thursday. The film is slated for a worldwide release on May 13.
Talking about the importance of the film, he said that the film will show his side of the dark story, his contribution to Indian cricket.
“It shows my contribution to the game. It tells you about some dark days of my life. It confirms the vindication of my stand that I was innocent. It has parts of my story, not in full, but enough to give an indication of my stand.”
“I wasn’t keen initially. They were after me for almost 18 months. Sometime in late 2014 I said yes. The script has my approval and it gives my side of the story.
Talking about his long fight to prove himself innocent,Azharuddin said that those 12 years were very painful and he had to fight patiently for the justice.
“It took me 12 years to fight my case.
“People said so many things but I tackled it my way. There were things not in my control. I had to be patient. I couldn’t fight destiny. I also can’t recover those 12 hard years of my life (post 2000). The movie brings this aspect out very well.”

When asked about the amount of cricket shown in the movie, the former cricketer said that cricket has been shown only when necessary and the movie is more about his life off the field.
 “There is cricket where it is necessary. You must understand it’s a movie where we have taken some cinematic liberties to make it dramatic.
“It details my cricket life and my personal life; my good and bad times and how I overcame that period. There are cricket shots and there are songs even though I never sang in real life. I would request my fans to watch it with a positive mind.”
Despite loosing 12 long years, Azharuddin, 53, has not been critical of anyone.
“It’s not a blame-movie. I don’t blame anyone for whatever happened to me. It was my destiny.”
He said that the movie is a great platform for him to express his opinions and expected the fans to like it.
“The movie puts things in perspective. I believe the beauty of our country and democracy is that we are allowed to have our opinions. The movie gives me that platform. I liked it. Hope you like it too!”

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