Reel, real con­fes­sions may dif­fer

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Jasvin­der Sidhu jasvin­der.sidhu@hin­dus­tan­

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

Mo­ham­mad Azharud­din’s role is played by Em­raan Hashmi.

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