JUST after Azhar's Hero Cup triumph two years ago, a Bombay journalist buttonholed him at his Banjara Hills residence in Hyderabad for an 'offbeat' feature. Azhar poured his heart out on his very modest and orthodox upbringing. But, even as his young sons played around him, he refused to let go of the remote control, glued as he was to a sizzling Shilpa Shirodkar number playing on the television.
The scribe asked the obvious question: was he interested in moviedom? "Haan bhai," replied Azhar in his characteristic Hyderabadi twang. Then, displaying some particularly pertinent prescience,the journo queried: any favourite actresses? "Sab favourite hai mera, bhai. Sab." And one of them, it turned out, became more than his favourite.