Exclusive: Prachi Desai as Naureen in 'Azhar'

Emraan Hashmi’s ‘Azhar’ is very much in the news from day one. The makers treat the audience with the first look of the characters every other day and now the first look of Prachi Desai is unveiled who is playing ex India cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin’s first wife, Naureen, in the biopic. She is being styled by designer duo Rushi-Manushi.

Prachi will be styled in 90’s style. The actress says, "I was stumped when I saw Naureen’s pictures; she is so beautiful and sublime. We have tried to replicate her original look as much as possible."

Talking about Naureen, Prachi says, "I keep wondering why destiny was so unkind to Naureen. What I love about her is the grace, strength and dignity that she maintains till today. I love my character graph that goes on from being a teenager to her 20s in the late ’80s to early ’90s, and the silent love story that continues between Azhar and Naureen."

Prachi says the director Tony D’Souza made it simpler for her by saying, ‘It’s a tough role, you will have fun and I know you will crack it’. "It is a pivotal role in the film and the first time I will be putting a face to this real life character about whom not much is known, so he wanted the authenticity about playing this teenager who was married to a cricketing star to stay intact," she adds.

Naureen is Azhar’s first wife. They happened to be neighbours in Hyderabad. The couple had been married for nine years and had two sons, Ayaz and Asad.

After the ex-cricketer got divorced from Naureen, he got married to Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani. Actors Emraan Hashmi and Nargis Fakhri will be seen reprising the roles of Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani respectively in the biopic.