Emraan Hashmi will be seen playing the former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin in the biopic 'Azhar' helmed by Tony D'Souza. Recently, the first look of the film was released which received a thumbs up from the audience. However, Emraan says that he has a long way to go.
He says, "Playing Azhar is a huge responsibility. There is still a lot of work left — about 100 days of shoot, but I am not nervous. I am uncomfortable with praise and I thrive on criticism so I am not feeling any pressure. But when I met Azhar for the first time, it was surreal. When he held my hand to teach me to swing the bat in his trademark style, I was ecstatic. It was special because he is someone I have admired all my life. But I guess we as actors have the advantage of ‘action’ and ‘cut’- something that they didn’t have in real life. But I have a long way to go until I can play like him."
Emraan has been training with Azhar and is currently learning the finer nuances of the game from him. He further adds, “My game has improved quite a bit since he taught me to play. I started training in January and now, I am much better. At least that’s what Azhar thinks."
'Azhar' produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and and MSM Motion Pictures, is slated to hit the big screen on 13th May, 2016.