Emraan Hashmi says he is fascinated about all the phases in life that former cricketer Azharuddin had to undergo — from his humble beginnings in Hyderabad, his meteoric rise and the controversies in his personal and professional life.
Ahead of the release of Azhar, the biopic on the cricketer, Emraan, who plays Azhar, says, “Initially, Azhar was guarded about himself, however, he slowly opened up and started correcting us, like for instance, about Sangeeta Bijlani’s incidents, that it was a figment of the media, and what actually happened.”
So, will the movie depict the truth? Says Emraan, “That’s the million-dollar question. We presume whatever has been said and accumulated are all truthful moments in that man’s life. The story is from Azhar’s point of view, but director Tony D’Souza has met Sangeeta Bijlani while Prachi Desai and I met Naureen.”
Who would he have gone for? Naureen or Sangeeta? “I think Naureen… I guess because she is more real, without the glam element.”If one would have to make a biopic on Emraan, what aspects of his life would he like to be highlighted?
“Well, obviously not my serial kisser image. That’s just marketing gimmick, that’s not the real me. Life is much more. My struggle in the film industry… I have had to face a lot of ups and downs in my personal as well as my professional life... My successful films as well as my flops. All those experiences I would like to showcase.”
Contrary to the serial kisser image, in real life he has stayed away from controversies. How does he manage that? “This is my profession and I am sincerely working towards improving myself 24x7. The rest are all peripherals.
The media does not know me much and I like to keep away from all sorts of controversies. Work is worship for me, I am here to work and not to spend my time on all such things.”...