Emraan Hashmi, who next steps into the shoes of Mohammad Azharuddin, in Azhar based on the life and times of the cricketer, seems to have already unconsciously picked up the mannerisms of Azhar. The actor seems to have got so deeply involved in his character, that close friends and family have been telling him that his mannerisms off recent, bare an uncanny resemblance to that of the cricketer.
Says a source, "Azhar had a habit of bobbing/nodding his head while talking, and he also used to eat his food in a peculiar way. Emraan had picked up those traits while shooting for the film, but subconsciously Emraan also has picked up these traits off camera as well. In fact, he even shot a couple of videos imitating Azhar."
Says director Tony D'Souza, "It was quite amusing to see them together because both of them would do it at the same time, making the resemblance far too obvious even when the cameras were not rolling," adding that, "Emraan has worked hard to get the body language right which included keenly observing the way Azhar speaks, walks, even the way he holds his fork and knife while eating. As part of his prep, he even shadowed the cricketer at least for a month."