Normally when it comes to any biographical film particularly based on contemporary topic then it will be very difficult to make it more interesting when we know the entire story. Obviously it is tough to create suspense and any artificial thrills in a normal story. Yet full marks to script writer Rajat Aroraa who created so much melodrama and avoided maximum dull moments and ultimately it is Emraan Hasmi whose memorable performance pour life into the main role.
Emraan's terrifically changed body lingo, his expressive eyes and his perfect screen presence like Azhar kept the maximum momentum in the flow of the perfect edited and racy screenplay. Director Tony D'Souza neatly handled many scenes, particularly the scenes in Hyderabad and the conversation between the bookie and Azhar. Of course the role of advocate Reddy played by Kunaal Roy Kapoor the close of friend of Azhar, who fought the case and won and regains the glory, dignity and the self esteem of Legendary cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin. Kunaal is also at his best in the court scene and his South accented hindi and his typical mannerisms are fun to watch and hilarious.
Like the title tag goes, Love him, Hate him, Judge him that is exact the story line lies in. The script touches every positive and negative shades. It is not a typical over the top and larger than life kind of portrayal. Script does discuss everything instead of boasting the life of main protagonist like all biographical films. That is really the honesty and positive point of this film.
I truly wonder how the real characters will react to their portals like veterans Ravi Shashtri, Manoj Prabhakar and Navjot Singh Siddhu. Surprisingly the scene where Ravi Shashtri is shown like a chronic womaniser and Manoj Prabhakar almost like a villain. Well good news to Kapil as he is shown as a good hearted guy who really helps in critical times.
There are many cinematic scenes which can add some flavour to the melodramatic scenes. There is a scene where Pak cricketer Javed Miandad says to Indian captain Azhar, today is friday so Allah will help us winning then Azhar replies him, "You forgot it big bro, Mohammad is in my name too".., incidentally India wins that match.
As far as story is concerned, nothing special to mention, it is all known one only but the screen play is good which adds some tempo in the flick. It is the magnificient performance of Emraan which works so much positively for this uninteresting storyline. Prachi Desai is perfect casting as Azhar's wife Naureen and excels well in her every scene. Only bad acting in this film is Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani. Surprisingly in one scene, Emraan says, she does not know acting so all the time she is putting on make up.. funnily very honest confession. The second best performance is Kunaal Kapoor Roy as Advocate Reddy who truly rocks.
Music by Pritam and back ground score by Sandeep Shirodkar is good. Rakesh Singh camera is above average. Editing by Dev Jadhav and Vipul Chouhan really marvellous and the run time of the film is really short and nice.
Overall it is a movie we can watch it once particularly for the brilliant Emraan Hashmi. Do not expect too much just go and enjoy for good songs and some melodrama.
- Parvez Chowdhary