Movie: Freaky Ali
Direction: Sohail Khan
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Arbaaz Khan, Amy Jackson
Cinematographer: Mahesh Limaye
Editor: Prashant Singh Rathore
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
What is it about: This is a comedy drama, which revolves around a central character called Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Who originally being an undergarments salesman, rise up to be an underdog in golfing world, the film is inspired from Hollywood flick “Happy Gilmore”. This film is written and directed by Sohail Khan.
Why it’s disappointing: This section would have stayed put if at all the last 20 minutes were handled with caution. The film goes at a great pace, but puts a sudden break diving in to typical Bollywood clichés. And that totally spoiled the look of the film. The last 20 minutes were dragged and makes you wonder when it will end. And bringing in Jackie Shroff in the end was a major mistake. Rightfully if they would have got Salman Khan in cameo role, it would have suited best.
And then Amy Jackson was not a great choice for the role. Could have cast any good upcoming actress, who would have got an opportunity to penetrate the industry. Amy looked too plastic. And then it was Jas Arora, who looked too stiff in that bearded attire.
The music by Sajid-Wajid was quite average and wasn’t in sync with the film.
What to watch out for: Freaky Ali does have few shortcomings, but manages to nudge those with hilarious dialogues which were well written and timed keeping Nawazuddin in sync with it.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, he holds you for entire 120 minutes. An extraordinary actor, who can never go wrong in performance and will perform hands down given any character. He gives comedy a good attire which is witty and cracks you like mad.
Azbaaz Khan, did a decent job with no qualms. Which was well backed by Nikitin Dheer, Seema Biswas & Asif Basra. All of them were apt for their respective roles. And there were couple of characters who added a great flavour to the comic element. They were none other than the crazy old man from Nawazuddin’s society and the amnesic old man held hostage by Danger Bhai.
The cinematography by Mahesh Limaye was delectable and gave a vivid tone to the film and the edit was pretty crisp by Prashant Singh Rathore.
Verdict: Sohail Khan escapes the potholes, mainly due to the dialogues written by Raaj Shaandilyaa and filmed with Nawazuddin. This factor saves Freaky Ali from falling on its face. The film has many laughing moments, and trust me your stomach will hurt laughing at them. Definitely worth a watch, a neat stress buster this weekend.