Mohammad Azharuddin, walked out from an interview after being asked a match-fixing related question during the promotional activities of his upcoming biopic, ‘Azhar’. The film is set to hit the theatres on the 13th of May.
Azharuddin, Indian Test captain had made his Test match debut for the INDIA in 1985. Since then, Azharuddin had not only played 99 Test Matches and 334 One Day Internationals for India but had also racked up over 15,000 international runs for his national cricket team. He has leading India in the most number of ICC World Cups (1992, 1996 and 1999).
However, towards the end of his cricketing career, Mohammad Azharuddin was found guilty of fixing matches. Both ICC and BCCI banned the erstwhile Indian captain for life, back in 2000. Having said that, the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) had, later, lifted the ban on the former India international in 2006.‘
Therefore, it didn’t really strike anyone as a surprise when the American journalist-turned-film maker Tony D’Souza decided to make a film on the eventful life of Mohammad Azharuddin. The upcoming film features Emraan Hashmi in the lead role of ‘Azhar’, whereas, Prachi Desai plays the role of his first wife, Naureen and Nargis Fakhri plays that of his second consort, Sangeeta Bijlani.
Mohammad Azharuddin was asked a controversial question by the reporter of a national news channel. In reply, he simply walked off from the promotional event, leaving the another of the show, simply, dumbstruck.
The source, later, confirmed that Azharuddin had refused to go back on the stage. “It’s for the same reason that he’s also refused to be part of a major show hosted by another news channel as he doesn’t want to be asked hard-nosed questions at all,” he added.