After a successful innings at the Bigg Boss House, Gautam Gulati will now be seen playing a cricketer turned commentator Ravish in the film Azhar. Commenting on his character, Gautam said,
“When I read the script I instantly fell in love with the character. He’s a flamboyant, sophisticated cricketer who had played an important role in Mohammad Azharuddin’s life when he was just starting out.”
The actor has worked hard to get into the skin of the character. As a part of his preparation for the role, he had to undergo a 2 month long workshop with the director, apart from watching commentary videos, before shooting commenced. Gautam mentioned,
“You’ll see me doing a lot of commentary, so besides the reading sessions I watched a lot of commentating videos as part of the prep. Cricket commentary is not an easy job; it requires presence of mind and impromptu lines. It was great fun.”
Gautam also shared great camaraderie with Emraan on the sets. The actor described an incident when they were shooting a pool scene and Emraan casually mentioned how he liked a trailer of the MTV Big F where he was kissing a girl. “Sir aap hi se seekha hai,“ laughed Gautam.
The actor, who shot for a 4 month long schedule, also got the opportunity to play cricket with the real life Mohammad Azharuddin. Gautam mentioned that it was during the early days of the shoot when Azhar was on the sets to train Emraan.
Gautam has worked hard on his character and we can’t wait to see him floor his fans with his performance! Here’s wishing the actor all the best for the film!
Directed by Tony D’souza, Azhar is based on the life and times of one of India’s most loved cricket captains, Mohammad Azharuddin, Chronicling his rise and fall as country’s most controversial sportsman yet, the film stars Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri, and Lara Dutta along with others. Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, N. P. Singh, and Sneha Rajani, Azhar is slated to release on May 13, 2016.