Yes! It's confirmed! Gautam will essay this prominent role alongside Emraan in the film. Read on to know more...
Ever since it was announced that Gautam Gulati is making his Bollywood debut with Ekta Kapoor's Azhar, many had presumed that Gulati would play the lead role of cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin in the film. However, more recently the first look of the film hit the web, leaving everyone amazed watching Emraan Hashmi as Azhar. It can now be officially disclosed that Gautam will be seen playing Ravi Shastri in the film. Yes!
Gulati who won a million hearts with his Bigg Boss stint, will portray the left-arm orthodox spinner in this biopic. Confirms a source close to the project, "Yes, Gautam will be playing Shastri whose friendship with India's former cricket captain, Mohammed Azharuddin is an integral part of the film. He has been working on his physique for the past month so he looks more like a young Ravi Shastri. He has also been attending workshops and viewing interviews and videos of Shastri to try and imbibe his personality."
Ravi Shastri has been trending on Twitter lately after being elected team director for India's upcoming cricket tour of Bangladesh. As per reports, GG will soon take to the field and start practising to play Shastri's famous 'chapati' shots.
Talking about the plot, the biopic will narrate all the highs and lows of the former Indian cricketer. Prachi Desai, who has worked with Hashmi in Once upon a Time in Mumbai, will be playing his wife, Naureen in the biopic. Azharuddin’s much-talked about affair and marriage to actress Sangeeta Bijlani too will be shown in the film and if rumours are to be believed then Jacqueline Fernandez will be playing Bijlani’s role in the film. Azharuddin was also accused of match-fixing towards the end of his career as a cricketer and the movie will also look at that.
Directed by Tony D’Souza, Azhar is set to release on May 13, 2016.
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