Reel, real confessions may differ
Friday the 13th is hardly everyone’s choice for the release of a new movie. But then, ‘Azhar’ is not just another film. It is based on the life of cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, whose cricketing career effectively ended with the dark chapter of the 2000 match-fixing scandal.
How far and how accurately the events in the player’s life have been portrayed will be known when the Emraan Hashmi-starrer hits theatres next week. But one man who is likely to scrutinise the movie is a former CBI officer who led the investigation into the scandal and interrogated Azhar over the match-fixing allegations.
“There is Azhar’s confession on tape. He had very close links with some dubious characters and there are conversations on tapes about throwing away matches. There is more than two hours of recording of his confession,” MA Ganapathy, now Uttarakhand director general of police, told HT. CONTINUED ON P7