Exclusive first look of Prachi Desai from Emraan Hashmi-starrer 'Azhar'. The actress will be seen playing ex India cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin’s first wife, Naureen, in his biopic with designer duo Rushi-Manushi styling her up for the role. Director Tony D’Souza was keen to bring out the ’90s look as far as her character was concerned. The actress says, "I was stumped when I saw Naureen’s pictures; she is so beautiful and sublime. We have tried to replicate her original look as much as possible."
Prachi Desai and Naureen
Talking about Naureen, Prachi says, "I keep wondering why destiny was so unkind to Naureen. What I love about her is the grace, strength and dignity that she maintains till today. I love my character graph that goes on from being a teenager to her 20s in the late ’80s to early ’90s, and the silent love story that continues between Azhar and Naureen."
Prachi says the director made it simpler for her by saying, ‘It’s a tough role, you will have fun and I know you will crack it’. "It is a pivotal role in the film and the first time I will be putting a face to this real life character about whom not much is known, so he wanted the authenticity about playing this teenager who was married to a cricketing star to stay intact," she adds.
The famous 'Oye Oye' track from 'Tridev' (1989) starring Sangeeta Bijlani will be recreated in the Azhar biopic. Originally picturised on Naseeruddin Shah and Sonam, the song will feature Nargis Fakhri, who plays the former cricketer’s second wife. Azhar and Sangeeta were married for 14 years before they separated in 2010.
The song will be shot in about a fortnight. “It will, however, not be an item number. It will be used to take the story forward,” says a source.
Director Tony D’Souza says, “While looking for a song for a particular scenario in the film, we decided to recreate a song that is already loved by millions and tweak it in a way that makes it contemporary and situational.”