With Paan Singh Tomar and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag setting in strong benchmarks to effective plotlines and brilliant filmmaking, filmmakers have encarved a new formula to success: Biopics. While the Piggy Chops starrer biopic on Mary Kom is rolling, there are news of another sportsman’s life being converted to a full fledged movie on celluloid. Mohammad Azharuddin, one of India’s finest cricketing greats has given full consent to use his life story as a pitch perfect story for a Bollywood film.

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Battling a life embroiled in controversies, be it the life time ban imposed on him or his numerous alleged link-ups, break ups and his infamous separation from both his first wife Naureen and his second wife Sangeeta Bijlani, Azhar has always been in news. Very recently he even lost his 19 year old son in a bike accident which turned fatal for the teenager. Following a life time ban imposed on him by the BCCI on cricket betting grounds, Azhar was almost a forgotten hero. Until they decided to lift the ban and honour them along with the other cricketing legends. After living life with an unsustainable ban, the movie will deal with his side of the story which hardly had been covered with due importance in tabloids.

Emraan Hashmi
Emraan Hashmi

While the battle lines were drawn between Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi who were both considered for the role, ultimately our serial kisser Emraan walked away with the cake. Delivering a stupendous performance as a cricket bookie with Jannat few years back, it would be lovely to watch Emraan Hashmi on the other spectrum of the game. A sports lover himself, Emraan seems to be hugely excited and is quietly gearing up for the role. The film is tentatively going to be helmed by Kunal Deshmukh who had directed Emraan previously in Jannat. The film which is scheduled to go on floors in April-May 2014 has Emraan unusually excited and he has decided to only focus on this one film once it starts rolling next year.

The film like other biopics will cover the minutest nuances of living the life of the cricketer and recapitulate his life story in an episodic manner. Azhar who has now taken the political reins and is going great guns with that is extremely pleased with the development, it seems!

And with the Jannat duo back at their game, this biopic is all set to be a rollicking watch. A rather unusual take on Azhars life, this will surely help Emraan evolve as an actor and break away from the stereotype he is bound to. We wish.

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