Will AZHAR mar DHONI's chances?
Ekta Kapoor’s Emraan Hashmi starrer, AZHAR did not actually set the cash registers ringing as was expected. In fact, at one time the biopic on cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin was touted to be a hot bet which would bring back lead Emraan Hashmi’s sagging career on track, but it was not to be and at best AZHAR is a below average fare.
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So, does that mar the chances of another biopic on a cricketer, DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY (Sushant Singh Rajput in the title role)? Well, different trade experts have different views. Some actually do believe that biopic on cricket does not work, but fictional stories with cricket as a backdrop like LAGAAN do.
However, one feels that AZHAR was not really identifiable for the youth and young generation frequenting multiplexes because the cricketer did not belong to the present era. He was not really an ideal for the youth as his match fixing allegations did bring him disrepute, despite being acquitted by the court. Azhar did not really participate wholeheartedly in the promotion of the film as well. Moreover, the story and screenplay was not exceptional and for a film like this to work out, a superb screenplay is needed like MARY KOM, BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG etc.
DHONI: AN UNTOLD STORY on the other hand has chances of succeeding because cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on whose life the biopic is based, enjoys cult status as a cricketing icon, having led India to victory in all forms of the game, specially the ultimate for all Indians, the Twenty20 and the World Cup. One should also remember that Dhoni endorses a lot of brands and is a known face across the nation. And the present generation will relate to him and the movie as they have seen him playing and winning matches for India. Lead actor, young and promising Sushant Singh Rajput has worked his heart out to get into the skin of the character, as is evident from various stills and one feels that he can pull off Dhoni’s character with élan.