Freaky Ali | Movie Review 09 Sep 2016   665


Star Cast : Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Arbaaz Khan, Amy Jackson, Jas Arora, Seema Biswas, Nikitin Dheer
Directed by : Sohail Khan
Genre : Comedy
Duration : 2 hours


Freaky Ali is the story of an underdog who becomes a game changer, a poor man who takes on a rich mans sport golf. The film shows how a common underwear vendor beats everyone and owns a game meant for rich people. The film has been produced by Salman Khan under Salman Khan Productions. The film is inspired by Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore.

Brought up in the bylanes of Mumbai, Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is an adopted orphan who tries to make his living by doing odd jobs like selling undergarments. When his engagement breaks because of his image as a salesman and he sees tears in the eyes of the one woman he loves the most – his mother (Seema Biswas), Ali decides to turn rich by hook or by crook. He joins hands with his bestie Maqsood (Arbaaz Khan), a small-time gangster working under Sohail Khan aka Danger Bhai (Niketan Dheer) to extort money. Besides this, Ali is passionate about just one sport, cricket and even wins the challenge of scoring sixes at every ball during a gully-cricket match. During one of his extortion assignments, he decides to take up a golfing challenge and ends up victorious and he is spotted by Kishan Lal (Asif Basra), his neighbour and family well-wisher who believes that Ali’s talent can create wonders in the world of golf. As his destiny takes him towards a new way of life, with new goals, dreams, Ali comes across new friends and love, Megha (Amy Jackson), he also makes new enemies like Vikram Rathod (Jas Arora). What follows is a series of matches where Ali has to prove his worth to his coach Kishan Lal while dealing with the success-obsessed Vikram Rathod and a man with selfish motives, Danger Bhai, who would go to any lengths to ensure the defeat of Ali at the tournament, even if it means turning his loved ones against him.

We must give it to actor – director Sohail Khan, who shares writing credits too, for bringing about a new sport to limelight with Freaky Ali.

As for the performance, Freaky Ali solely rides on Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s shoulders. The actor manages to carry off the role with aplomb despite the fact that this is his first full-fledged comedy role and he is known for serious cinema. Arbaaz Khan who has done a good job of adding those humourous punches in the film. Amy Jackson as the glamorous, pretty girl is decent. Seema Biswas, who plays his foster mom, is good but only in parts because she has her own share of over-the-top melodrama.

Freaky Ali is worth the time and money. Watch it for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s endearing performance.

Critics Review/Rating

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Times Of India (TOI) 3.5 Read full review
Hindustan Times (HT) 3.0 Read full review
DNA 2.5 Read full review
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