Freaky Ali is a extortion debt collector for the local goon along with Maqsood. His fate turns when one day he and Maqsood go to a golf course to collect extortion, after waiting for many hours for a man to give him money. Ali confronts the man, who tells him to wait while he finishes the hole.
Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)*
Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amy Jackson, Arbaaz Khan, Nikitin Dheer, Jas Arora, Seema Biswas, Asif Basra
What’s Good: No genre is difficult for Nawazuddin Siddiqui and in this full length comic role he is a treat.
What’s Bad: Poor direction, loop holed plot pull this film down.
Loo Break: Won’t hurt to take a few!
Watch or Not?: Freaky Ali disappoints badly. If you’re looking for laughs, this will give you a few of them but that’s it. A poor second half will bore you!
Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a under garment seller in a local market. After having a dull business, to help his foster mother (Seema Biswas), he starts extortioning money for a local goon.
By a fluke of luck, Ali’s neighbor, Kisanlal (Asif Basra) recognizes Ali’s talent in golf. He soon starts to train him and Ali even manages to pass the qualifiers for becoming a professional golfer.
His friend Maqsood (Arbaaz Khan) gives him full support. Ali also finds himself a manager, Megha (Amy Jackson) who later becomes his love interest.
Will Ali beyond all odds of being a low class guy, untrained in golf, manage to win the championship?
Some of the one-liners land with the same force as Ali’s shots, but the cocktail of wacky humour, sentimental blather and tributes to God, Mom and the Neighbourhood has just too many elements to digest. Nawazuddin Siddiqui lives it up as the hero, churning out punchlines and playing the romantic lead in a creaky fantasy about bridging the gulf between the working class and a rich person’s game.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui lives it up as the hero in a fairy tale of an underdog who excels at golf.
Golf is equated with gully cricket and humour is scooped off the Mumbai streets in Sohail Khan’s new comedy. He can’t even pronounce the name of the sport properly – he calls it “gulf” – but Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) appears to have been born for the putting green. Ali is a former underwear salesman and racketeer with one of Mumbai’s most ineffectual gangs – its boss is called Danger Bhai and is played by the very tall Nikitin Dheer, who is the constant butt of jokes by his henchmen. When he loses a network connection on his cellphone, he is advised to stand up in order to catch a signal.
STORY: Ali (Nawazuddin) has a way with balls; cricket and golf. This chawl-bred sports prodigy of sorts becomes a local legend when his talent is discovered. However, there are also those who want to run his reputation to the ground.
REVIEW: Ali is an orphan abandoned at a dargah and is raised by Sulabha (Seema Biswas), a Maharashtrian lady whom he fondly refers to as his mum. He is happy to sell underwear to earn a living. But his friend Maqsood (Arbaaz) tells him that he can double his earning if he becomes an extortionist. So Ali joins him. He knows that if his aai ever finds out, she will be heartbroken.
Ali’s world turns topsy-turvy when he discovers that he can hit sixers better than Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. Furthermore, on one of his misadventures to a golf field to extort money from a businessman, Ali discovers his own putting skills. From here, the sadak chhaap turns professional golfer. Predictably, he snatches a win from a five-time champion.
In sports movies, usually training sequences are amusing and elevating while the final tournament is emotional and tense. In Sohail Khan’s comic-drama, both these opportunities are lost. Ali all too soon masters all the strokes but is not shown being schooled in the finer nuances of the sport. He slips into the tournaments with all his quirks intact and faces hardly any resistance.
But all is not well. Maqsood is tempted by a potential payday if he persuades Ali to throw his match and Jas Arora’s character displays more jewelry and facial hair than sporting spirit.
After a sudden setback and on the eve of a crucial leg of the tournament, Ali’s entire neighbourhood turns to prayer. Here’s an opportunity for the filmmaker to slip in a Sufi song as he shows the Hindu and Muslim communities at prayer on the eve of his final round, which is built up as if it’s a do-or-die final Olympic bout!