On November 27, 2000, Azharuddin was found guilty of the match-fixing, and after eight days the former cricketer-politician was banned from the game for life by BCCI.

In 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban.

"When we watch a match, we are only aware of what is happening on the field. Nobody knows what happens in the locker rooms, hotels, corridors conversations of cricketers and their relationships? How they get into match-fixing scandals? He has given us a lot of stuff, which we did not know earlier, for this film," Hashmi told media.

The actor said Azharuddin shared all the anecdotes related to his personal and professional life in 'Azhar'.

The 'Humari Adhuri Kahani' star, who had earlier played a bookie in 'Jannat', said he had to go through a lot of training to play the cricketer.

Not a cricket enthusiast, Hashmi has now developed an interest in the game as he understands it technically. "I didn't have any technical skills. I got slightly better after this. I had to play like him, mimic him... So, there was a lot of practice."

Directed by Tony D'Souza, 'Azhar' is based on the well known and highly talked about incidents and facts of the cricketer's life. The film is releasing on May 13.

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