Emraan Hashmi to don three looks for Azharuddin biopic


Known as the serial kisser of B-town, Emraan Hashmi, will be playing the role of Mohammad Azharuddin in a biopic on the cricketer’s life. And the latest buzz is that Emraan has to prepare for three looks to portray different phases of the cricketer’s life.

A source close to the project, while talking to a daily, said, “Though the biopic on Azharuddin was supposed to commence in mid-2014, Kunal (director) Deshmukh and Emraan Hashmi are currently working on another project together. And they both want to take a break before they start shooting the biopic. So, the schedule is now locked for January 2015. Emraan will be working with the team to finalise the three looks for the film before that.”

There has been some speculation about which phase of the cricketer’s life the film would focus on. The same source reportedly said, “The film will encompass Azhar’s entire life, from when he was 17 to his ascent as the captain of the Indian cricket team, and even the controversies associated with him in the later years. So, Emraan will have to look like a 17-year-old as well as a 51-year-old during the course of the film.”

According to reports, producer Ekta Kapoor signed a contract with the former cricketer for a hefty amount to acquire the rights to the biopic.

Emraan made his acting debut in 2003, with Vikram Bhatt’s thriller ‘Footpath’ co-starring alongside Aftab Shivdasani and Bipasha Basu. He played the role of Raghu Shrivastav, a gangster in the film which was appreciated by critics.

In the following year he appeared in Anurag Basu’s erotic thriller ‘Murder’ with Mallika Sherawat and Ashmit Patel.

Then he appeared in Mohit Suri’s romantic thriller ‘Zeher’, alongside Shamita Shetty and Udita Goswami. His portrayal of Siddharth Mehra (a chief of police jealous about his wife’s professional success) earned positive reviews from critics. He starred in Mohit Suri’s 2009 supernatural horror flick ‘Raaz – The Mystery Continues’ which collected over Rs 340 million and emerged as a success.

In 2011, Hashmi appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar’s romantic comedy ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’. The movie did not do well at the box-office and received mixed reviews from critics and so did his performance.

The actor has also starred in such films as ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ (2004), ‘Aashiq Banaya Apne’ (2005), ‘Jawani Diwani’ (2006), ‘Gangster’ (2006), ‘Awarapan’ (2007), ‘Raaz - The Mystery Continues’ (2009), ‘Murder 2’ (2011), ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011), ‘Raaz 3D’ (2012), ‘Rush’ (2012).