Nawaz ki Tepid Awaz

G9 Divya Solgama reviews Bollywood movie ‘Freaky Ali’

Sohail Khan directorial debut ‘Auzaar’ was an action thriller which failed to do wonders. After which he gave us a super hit romantic drama based film, ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’. Certain comical scenes from ‘PKTDK’ were highly enjoyed by the viewers. That motivated Sohail to venture into the slapstick comedy genre with his next film ‘Hello Brother’. The movie ended up being a disaster at the box-office, but later found its audience over the satellite channels. Sadly, none of Sohail’s next directed films manage to surpass the success and entertainment level of ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’. His latest film ‘Freaky Ali’ sounds promising due to its fantastic trailer and casting of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Freaky Ali’ will manage to bring back the glorious days for Sohail Khan the director or might end up delivering yet another outrageous comedy on the lines of ‘Hello Brother’.

ali-fiji‘Freaky Ali’ is a story of Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who keeps doing odd jobs for a better living. In order to make some quick money he starts helping Maqsood (Arbaaz Khan) to collect money for Danger Bhai (Nikitin Dheer). Maqsood and Ali land up at the golf course to collect money from a rich businessman, at that time Ali is instigated to play golf. Ali uses his natural instincts and surprises everyone with his swings. Kishan Lal (Asif Basra) is Ali’s neighbor and an experienced caddy, as per him Ali should utilize his natural talent. Kishan Lal starts training Ali and gears him up for a qualification round. The path for Ali is not as easy as it seems and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

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The story is simple and has mild similarities with Adam Sandler’s ‘Happy Gilmore’. The first half starts with some entertaining scenes such as Nawazuddin selling underwear followed by his first experience in the game of golf, Nawazuddin’s interaction with Jas Arora, Nawazuddin learning golf, Nikitin and his goons track followed by few more such scenes. The second half has mild shades of humor, but goes on a dragging and predictable mode. There is nothing concrete happening in the second half of the film and has some unwanted tracks like Arbaaz Khan trying to plot Nawazuddin’s game followed by his change of heart, over aggression of Jas Arora, Amy Jackson’s liking for Nawazuddin and a few more. These tracks are half baked and failed to go with the flow of the film. The whole Nawazuddin and Amy track is abrupt and unconvincing. The humour quotient is good when it’s related to Nawazuddin and the golf game but at times it reminds you of the standup comedy shows from the televisions. Everything happens very easily and the movie keeps dragging without any hardship. The cinematography is decent. Dialogues are enjoyable.

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Music by SajidWajid is average. ‘Din Mein Karengey’ will last for a short while. ‘Parinda Hai Parinda’ is good, but nothing extraordinary.

Director Sohail Khan tries hard to make a decent comical drama and partially succeeds in some scenes. There were few scenes and tracks (especially related to Nikitin) which could have done wonders. The director seems bit under confident due to which he decides to play safe in the second half by just dragging the novelty factor to its fullest. It’s great to see Nawazuddin Siddiqui in such a different type of lead role. He does full justice to his character. His comic timing and one liners go well with the flow of the film. Arbaaz Khan and Amy Jackson were sleep walking in the film. Their tracks are half-baked and unwanted at times. Jas Arora keeps continuing his Gulshan Grover clone type of act. NikitinDheer and PareshGanatra are hilarious in parts. Asif Basra lends good support. Cameo by Jackie Shroff was fine.

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So on an overall basis ‘Freaky Ali’ is like a tepid alley due to its weak second half and stretched concept. The movie will be enjoyed more in its home viewing. It had all the potential to become a feel good entertainer, but ends up reaching only the half way.

Rating – 2.25/5 (Source – Bollywood Times)