The movie ‘Azhar’ showed insights in the real life story of the famous and beleaguered Indian skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin. One of the highlights in the film is the amazing performance by Kunaal Roy Kapoor who played Azhar’s lawyer friend who actually prepares a strong case that results in his acquittal in 2012.
The savior of a lawyer who came to Azharuddin’s help, when no one was around to bail him out, is senior advocate K Ramakanth Reddy. The two were not close friend when they studied together in school (All Saints School) but both shared good vibes with each other. Later when he and Azhar went to Nizam College, Reddy and his gang, which included Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy would go to watch Azhar’s matches. Reddy is especially vocal about Azhar’s simplicity which he vouched that did not change even when he was at his prime. In his words, ‘even if you hit his head with a stone, he won’t retaliate.’
When Azhar was imposed with a life ban for his alleged role in match-fixing in 2000, the Indian skipper turned to his lawyer friend for help. But Reddy was tending to his mother who was suffering from cancer since the past few years. In fact, he would take few government cases so that he could spend time with mother. Though he had initially asked Azhar to take up his case with a more experienced lawyer, it was his mother who had insisted that he should fight the case.
Finally, Reddy took up the case but told Azhar that there were no guarantees that he would win, since he was on a losing ground with not many witnesses to come forward. But Reddy assured Azhar that he would try his best and not let his friend down. Later when Azhar won the case in 2012, Reddy reminisces, “ When Azhar won the case , I called my mother. She was asleep but got up quickly to watch TV in the room. Usually, she needs assistance to get up but on that day, she sat up excitedly. Azhar had my mother’s blessings. “