Stories based on real life are a treat to watch on big screen. Azhar starts with a disclaimer saying the film is not a biography but incidents in the film are inspired by events from Azhar’s life. You can’t resist but question the authenticity of this story but it sure makes a decent entertainer.
Azhar starts off on great note keeping things interesting right from the very first scene and maintains it for the longest time. Post which, film travels into flashback. It would be inappropriate to say that the flashback was unnecessary but just not properly incorporated and executed. Brilliant interval point and engaging second half makes Azhar a great watch.
Emraan Hashmi undoubtedly is the highlight of this film. His performance is pitch perfect. His effort to bring Azhar on screen is evident in every single scene. Prachi Desai is innocent and sweet as always. Her act is simply noteworthy.
Nargis Fakhri is surprisingly different from all her other films. For a change, she does not overact nor looks fake or misfit for the character. Kunal Roy Kapoor is exceptional and Lara Dutta is very good. The entire supporting cast is simply superb especially Gautam Gulati who has made a great debut with this limited role.
Few dialogues take it a little too far at times but they are also one of the reasons which makes Azhar an enjoyable experience. Tony D’Souza has extensively taken cinematic liberties but the screenplay and background score of the film fills up that shortcoming beautifully. Music is decent but is not given enough importance which actually works well for the film.
Go watch Azhar only with an expectation of a fairly decent entertainer. Hopes of getting to know the real Azhar as a person from this film will only lead to disappointment. Emraan Hashmi will make sure that your single penny isn’t wasted on Azhar. A definite one time watch.