It goes without saying that cricket is akin to a religion in India. And with the nation hosting the ICC T20 World Cup, everyone seems to have caught the cricket fever.
In this cricket frenzied environment, India’s other long-standing love affair, Bollywood, seems to have taken it upon itself to churn out a few cricket-themed films this year. Not one but two biopics on Indian cricket captains are currently in the works.
The first, a film on the life of Mohammad Azharuddin and the other, on Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The films are scheduled to be released in May and September this year, respectively.
While both the biopics have their own Unique Selling Points, Let’s take a closer look at the factors that may work for, and the ones that may work against, the two films.
The movie Azhar, in light of the life and times of Azharuddin accounts his enormous highs and his tumultuous lows which without a doubt is an existence implied for the extra large screen. Relatively few Indian cricketers have the fortune of being the subject of a biopic, however Azharuddin is one of them.
His life has got all the “right” elements for a Bollywood masala pot-evaporator – a fizzled marriage, dismissal by his own particular folks, who supported their girl in-law, undertaking with a performing artist, separation, gossipy tidbits about an issue with a Badminton champion, denounced in match-settling and grievous demise of a young person child in a mischance.
Emraan Hashmi seems to be the perfect choice to play Azharuddin on the big screen. And according to reports, the actor has been working hard to get into the skin of the character and to get the nuances right.
Azhar’s not a prude story, there is parcel of masala, there is the Bollywood edge. There are huge highs and huge lows. Emraan is looking all the more persuading as Azhar. He impeccably takes after the previous cricketer and he’s effectively grabbed the idiosyncrasies of Azhar.”
The one thing that may work against the movie is the track record of the director who has previously been associated with Box Office duds like Blue and Boss.
Watch the teaser here:
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story:
No one can deny that MS Dhoni is the present saint and is without a doubt one of the greatest games identities on the planet. The 2007 T20 World Cup, Champions Trophy, and the 2011 World Cup are only a couple of his accomplishments as the commander of Indian cricket group. While his enchantment on the field is surely understood very little is thought about Dhoni’s own life and his battle.
The film has a trump card as Neeraj Pandey – who is known for movies such as Special 26, A Wednesday and Baby.
However, viewers expecting to watch a film about “Dhoni: The Cricketer” are in for a disappointment. The biopic seeks to focus on the personal aspect of MS Dhoni’s life – including his struggle to achieve cricketing stardom and his love life. The film may also lose out on viewers who feel it is too early to make a biopic on Dhoni.
It’s heard that the biopic on Dhoni is more customized and might baffle the youths why should looking infer inspiration and motivation and are hoping to watch a film about Dhoni, the cricket legend.
The movie stars Sushant Singh Rajput in lead. Watch the teaser here:
Do let us know what you think about these movies, and which one will win the “Box Office Game”, in the comments below.