Actress Lara Dutta says that the former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, on whose life the film Azhar is based, is a phenomenal person.

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“He (Azharuddin) has tremendously lent his support to the film and has obviously remained very involved. He’s an incredible person. Having worked with him over this year, I got to know him. He’s quite a phenomenal person,” said Lara, who presented Fair & Lovely Foundation scholarships to 200 women.

Like the trailer suggests, Azharuddin was one of the most successful and most controversial cricket captains of the country because of his accomplishments on the cricket field, match-fixing allegations and relationships.

Mohammad Azharuddin Is An Incredible & Phenomenal Person: Lara Dutta
Mohammad Azharuddin Is An Incredible & Phenomenal Person: Lara Dutta

Lara plays a lawyer in Azhar, who is hell bent on proving the match-fixing allegations levelled against Azharuddin (played by Emraan Hashmi) in the film.

“The film is releasing and it feels good. People’s reactions to the trailer have been very good. I’m excited after having worked very hard in the film. It’s a slightly big responsibility as well because it is based on real-life incidences. Hope people go and watch it and like it,” she said.

Considering she wants Emraan behind the bars in the film, will she also stop him from doing his trademark kissing scenes? “I haven’t stopped him. Like I said at the trailer launch, I was saved (from kisses),” Lara quipped.

Azhar releases on May 13.

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