Bollywood actress Prachi Desai says the reason behind the biopic Azhar’s poor performance at the box office was that people were unwilling to forgive former Indian cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin, who was implicated in a match-fixing scandal in 2000. Azhar, which starred Emraan Hashme, is a biopic of the former Indian captain. Prachi played his first wife.
The BCCI banned the cricketer for life. But in 2012 the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban.
“There are things which are beyond our control. You should make peace with it. I feel people were a bit unforgiving towards Azhar, despite the court giving him a clean chit in the matter,” Prachi said.
The 27-year-old actress feels people had their own judgment about Azharuddin which hurt the movie. “For Indians cricket is huge. They used to watch and follow him with passion but something fell apart when the controversy happened. Some people took it to their heart. Some couldn’t watch the film for what it is without their personal views and attachments. They decided before watching the film that they knew the story.”
The Rock On actress is happy that her performance came in for praise. “The feedback I got was very positive. Playing a real life character was tough and I am happy my role was appreciated by the audience.”
The movie directed by Tony D’Souza is now ready for its television premiere on Sony Max on August 14 and Prachi is excited about it as she believes the film will reach a larger audience through the small screen.
Mohammad Azharuddin is a former Indian cricket captain and politician. He was a middle-order batsman and captained the Indian cricket team in the 1990s. He was elected as a member of Parliament from Moradabad constituency on an Indian National Congress party ticket. Azharuddin was implicated in a cricket match-fixing scandal in 2000 and was banned by BCCI for life. On 8 November 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban describing it as “unsustainable”. – CINEWS