Emraan Hashmi decided to surprise Azharuddin on his birthday today by releasing an almost identical look of his from the film as Azhar. The actor specially shot this photograph inspired from Azhar’s early days when he made his debut as a test cricketer in the eighties as a gesture of saying ‘Thank You’ for all the mentoring Azhar has done and for all that he got to learn from one of India’s most loved cricket captains who also ended up becoming the country’s most controversial sportsman. ALSO READ: Raaz 4: Emraan Hashmi to shoot in the most haunted forest of the worldAlso Read - Mohammad Azharuddin Picks India's Future Test Captain, Says He Is Our No 1 Player In All Formats Ahead of Virat Kohli

Azhar is based on the life and times of former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin. The film chronicles his tremendous highs and his tumultuous lows and is already one of the most eagerly awaited films of 2016. The film will narrate the highs and lows of Azharuddin’s life as the captain of the Indian cricket team for most of the 1990s and being tainted by a match-fixing scandal in 2000, and getting banned for life. Also Read - 'Selfie' Time For Akshay Kumar And Emraan Hashmi as They Team up For The First Time, Fans Say 'Aag Laga Di'

After the debacle of his last film Hamari Adhuri Kahaani, we wonder if Azhar and Raaz 4 will help him revive is image in Bollywood. Sony Pictures Networks & Balaji Motion Pictures’ Azhar is scheduled to release 13th May 2016. Also Read - 'Bad Shot': How Rahul Dravid Reacted To A Spectator's Comment During Nets