The Sports Biopic That Will Never Be

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The Sports Biopic That Will Never Be

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza/ Arré


n screens across the country today, a grand saga is unfolding. The life of cricketer MS Dhoni, who was last seen in India colours in two T20 matches against West Indies in Florida, is playing out in the plain vanilla biopic, Dhoni, The Untold Story.

A few months ago, another famous-turned-infamous cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin, was on screen, selling his version of the story in Azhar. I didn’t want to see it; Emraan Hashmi essaying the lead role was just one reason. The more important reason is that Azharuddin’s real life story is more enthralling than any half-hearted biopic on his life is ever going to be. A Hyderabadi boy born in an orthodox Muslim household where even going to the movies was not kosher, goes onto score three consecutive centuries in the first three test matches of his career. At the height of his fame, leaves his demure wife for a Bollywood starlet. Was on the last mile of his illustrious career when his involvement with bookies and match-fixing was dug up and the dirty laundry aired in public. As a cruel reminder of how he chose to throw it all away when he was so close to the closing credits of his career, he was left stranded at 99 tests and never got to play his 100th.