Director: Sohail Khan
Writer: Sohail Khan (screenplay), Sohail Khan (story), Raaj Shaandilyaa (dialogue), Raaj Shaandilyaa (screenplay)
Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Arbaaz Khan, Amy Jackson, Asif Basra
Runtime: 2h 00min
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Released: 09 Sep 2016
Synopsis: Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Ali ) plays a character of an extortion debt collector for the local goon along with Arbaaz Khan (Maqsood ). His fate turns when one day he and Arbaaz goes to a golf course to collect extortion, after waiting for many hours for a man to give him money. Nawazuddin’s character confronts the man who tells him to wait while he finishes the hole .This is where Nawazuddin’s character challenges him saying it to be easy, The man asks Nawazuddin to show it, Nawazuddin putts the ball in just one ace for he has a gifted natural swing, This not only surprises the man but his caddie as well who knows Nawazuddin. What follows is an inspiration story of a simple extortion debt collector to a golfing sensation, and along the way of him becoming a champion, Nawazuddin’s character beats all odds and meets his dream girl played by Amy Jackson.
Review: The first thing that strikes you when Freaky Ali begins is what an odd-bod collective this enterprise appears to be: to have Nawazuddin Siddiqui play the lead is a masterstroke, but to have Seema Biswas play his mother? Like, really?
This apparent randomness wouldn’t have been such a deterrent if the plot had some meat to it because Nawaz is quite capable of carrying a film on his own. But within a few minutes, we know that it is a David-Goliath clash between a ‘sadak-chaap’ fellow and a suited-booted character. The novelty of it being played out on a golf course dissipates in a few rounds, and it becomes the usual ‘tamasha’ between goons and good ‘uns, and haves and have-nots, its good-natured daftness drowning in silliness.
There’s a ‘message’ that’s dinned in to us via Nawaz’s ‘ordinary’ man. That no one, even a guy who hawks undergarments at a road-side stall, is worthy of contempt. That golf may be seen as a sport for the wealthy, but there’s no stopping anyone from becoming a champion. All you need is skill. And will. The poor vs rich clash is set up for laughs, and we are amused to begin with, but then the amusement dries up.The one person who keeps us watching is Nawaz, who busily shakes a leg and romances a pretty girl (Amy Jackson), when he is not sinking a hole-in-one much to the consternation of his wealthy rival (Jas Arora).
His connect with the audience is instant, and he keeps it going with wry one-liners which he delivers with consummate ease. It’s also nice to see him in a light-hearted role : except perhaps for his blundering TV reporter in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, who is a hoot, he has been condemned to dark, twisted turns in dark, twisted flicks.