Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amy Jackson, Arbaaz Khan, Nikitin Dheer, Jas Arora, Seema Biswas, Asif Basra
Director: Sohail Khan
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?
Freaky Ali Review: Script Analysis
Freaky Ali had a crackling trailer and created enough buzz amongst the audience with it. With a glimpse of the comic elements in the promos, we were expecting a fun time instead what you get is a half baked film.
The first half takes off on a good note with Ali and Maqsood’s stupid antics. Nawaz’s ‘chaddi’ monologue is hilarious and makes sure you have a good laugh. While some dialogues are genuinely funny, there are a few that go under the belt. Humor based on physical appearance, old age, disability does not work and its high time writers get rid of them.
Pre-interval, the film is decently light with slight emotional sidetracks too but soon starts to deteriorate. The basic plot of Nawaz becoming a golfer is similar to Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore.
While the premise itself is far fetched, it would have been wiser if the makers had stuck to making it a comic affair. What they do instead is pull the film further down with a second half that has a unnecessary detour of double crossing and match fixing. Also, a forced romantic angle between Ali and Megha becomes a snooze fest.
Inclusion of sidekicks like Danger Bhai (Niketan Dheer) is a complete waste for the plot. Also, the heightened drama that comes with Seema Biswas’ character could have easily been avoided.
Overall, the film’s script is a huge let down.
Freaky Ali Review: Star Performance
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the only bright thing about this film. As Ali, his comic timing is spot on and he even manages to get his stance right in the golf scenes.
Arbaaz Khan as Maqsood is average. There are scenes where he overdoes the ‘mawali’ act.
Seema Biswas is on a full blown drama mode. It’s as if she is giving competition to Kirron Kher’s Om Shanti Om act of the Bollywoodish ‘Maa’.
Asif Basra as Ali’s coach and a close one is worth appreciating.
Amy Jackson brings absolutely nothing to the fore. She just dresses up well in each frame.
Niketan Dheer tries to act comical but looks uncomfortable in his role.
Jas Arora is like the bhandaar of overacting. His Rajput act is extremely irritating.
Jackie Shroff does a cameo. All you will remember about him in the film is he saying ‘Maushi chi jai’!
Freaky Ali Review: Direction, Music
Sohail Khan has directed quite a few films now but there still seems to be no polishing to his work. I would give more credit to the person who cut out the trailer than Khan for directing the film.
Freaky Ali turns out to be a disappointing affair quite early on. Khan’s direction seems to be very hotch potch and there is little to focus on in any of the scenes.
The background score rarely matches with the scenes and especially not in the comical ones. The music is extremely average too and none of the songs come across as hummable ones.
Freaky Ali Review: The Last Word
Freaky Ali misses to be an ace (golf lingo). In the garb of comedy, this is a boring dramedy. A 2/5 for this one!
Freaky Ali Trailer
Freaky Ali releases on 09th Sept, 2016.
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