People were unforgiving towards Azharuddin: Prachi Desai

Mumbai: Actress Prachi Desai says the reason behind Azhar's lackluster performance at the box office was that people couldn't forgive former Indian cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin, who was implicated in a march-fixing scandal in 2000.

"Azhar", which starred Emraan Hashmi in the titular role, was a biopic of the former Indian captain. Prachi played his first wife.

Post the 2000 scandal, BCCI banned the cricketer for life. In 2012, however, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban, describing it "unsustainable".

"There are things which are beyond our control. You should make peace with it. I feel people were a bit

unforgiving towards Azhar, despite the court giving him a clean chit in the matter," Prachi told PTI.

The 27-year-old actress feels people had their own judgment about Azharuddin which hurt the movie.

"For a lot of people, cricket is huge. They used to watch and follow him but something fell apart when the controversy happened. Some people took it to their heart.

"Some couldn't watch the film for what it is without their personal views and attachments. They decided before watching the film that they knew the story."