Actor Emraan Hashmi, who features in another cricket-based film Azhar after Jannat, says he doesn’t know why he always gets films with the controversial match-fixing angle.

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“Jannat released six years ago, and there was a match-fixing sub-plot 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,” Emraan said at a radio station while promoting the film.

Emraan Hashmi in a still from movie Azhar
Emraan Hashmi in a still from movie Azhar

In Jannat, Emraan played the role of a bookie who had a particular gift of predicting cricket scores but eventually starts fixing matches. The film was a success at the box-office.

Emraan now plays a character based on the former Indian cricket captain Mohammad 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.

Azhar also stars Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri and Lara Dutta among others. It is slated to release on 13th May, 2016.

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