The Azhar director was in full praise of Neeraj Pandey, director of MS Dhoni!
Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai and Nargis Fakhri are all geared up to strike the box office with their new film, Azhar, based on the life of India's one of the most controversial cricketing captains of all times, Mohhammad Azharuddin. While the promotions for the film are in a full swing, the director of the movie Tony D'souza caught up exclusively with BollywoodLife and spoke about his film, Emraan and his admiration for director Neeraj Pandey.
We asked Tony about the challenges of making a biopic he said, "First of all, I would like to clear that Azhar is NOT a biopic. It is a movie based on the life and times of Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin and his controversial career. I have followed his career closely and have known Azhar bhai personally for years and therefore, it was pretty interesting to work on this project."
We asked him if he, as a filmmaker, feels if Azhar has a leverage against MS Dhoni which is based on life of another famous cricketer. We were rather surprised with Tony's response. He said, "Not at all. Neeraj Pandey who is directing Dhoni is an ace filmmaker and he is one of my favourites. I am sure that he has done a great job with the flick. There is no leverage to Azhar just because it is released first because, MS Dhoni is a movie to watch out for." Tony in fact went to say that if he were given a choice between Azhar and MS Dhoni, he would choose the later because he is Neeraj's fan!
Well, he also added that both Azhar and MS Dhoni are different films set in different time frames so, it really doesn't matter.
Whoa, now it takes a special kind of humility to actually recognise and a contemporary's talent more than one's own and it is especially commendable in this case, given the flimsy nature of this film industry.
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