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"I want to improve cricket at the district level."
For the last 10 years, the silence of a pliant media, BCCI and cricketing community allowed Azhar to do all the talking. And unlike before, when the in-depth analysis on Azhar's CBI confessions were only available in the print media or nascent Indian internet, the "improved" version of his story has reached a much wider audience, thanks to increasing social media penetration and rent-a-mob Twitter and Facebook fans. Now, before the film Azhar becomes the pinnacle of his attempt to rewrite the story, it's time to dust off some facts.
As a fictionalized account of the life and times of one of the most successful Indian cricket captains, Azhar serves as a colourful reminder of a bygone era of cricket and succeeds in highlighting the passion, euphoria and madness associated with the sport in cricket-crazy India. How the captain doesn't merely represent a team of 11 players but a country of more than 1 billion people. How dearly a victory is cherished. How badly a defeat is regretted.
I’m convinced that most if not all mainstream biopics tend to be hagiographies, at least to some extent. After all, if a major production house is willing to finance a movie with many crores at stake,...