It is mostly disappointing yet a tad pleasing to see Sohail Khan’s 2016 directorial venture Freaky Ali. It is an unsatisfactory experience to watch such crude, uninteresting, Bollywood-cliché film with no personal or artistic touch at all. It is among those numerous Indian films whose sole objective is entertainment to the millions whose souls crave for it, but cannot fulfill that single aim. But simultaneously it’s hard not to notice Nawaz’s bright performance in the otherwise lack-luster hotchpotch, which is termed a movie.
It is the same old story (inspired by Happy Gilmore starring Adam Sandler) accompanied by a clichéd presentation synonymous with the inept directors of the Indian film industry. An orphan adopted to a lower middle class family, loves his mother like a son of the “Satyayug”. After failing in many businesses, Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) joins his best friend Maqsood (Arbaaz Khan) in extortion; during one such attempt at a golf course his capacity in the game is discovered. He enrolls as a pro in the tour and simultaneously makes an enemy out of the golf champion, Peter (Jas Arora) and loved by his manager, Megha (Amy Jackson). Ali defies all odds, even a broken arm, to beat Peter in the final stages of the tour.
Mr. Khan inserts everything that can be unnecessary for the benefit of the film, ranging from match fixing and betting, palpably supportive people who probably do not understand the game to a trophy girlfriend and unnecessary characters. The true plot can be completed within an hour; had the director done so it would have been enjoyable. It is saddening to see Bimal Roy’s legacy, which he first portrayed in Do Bigha Zamin, the theme of virtuous poor and immoral rich, squandered in almost every masala film without any justice to the great filmmaker. This film proves that Sohail Khan can’t cut the mustard as a director.
The presentation is at par with the story-telling. The plot is an Indian adaptation of the Hollywood film Happy Gilmore. This is the second film released in same weekend which is an unofficial edition of an Adam Sandler movie; the other one being Baar Baar Dekho which takes it major theme from Click, pointing how commercial filmmakers are lacking originality. The cinematography is average with no great attempt in creating pictures worth a thousand words; to be frank the film never demanded it. The linear or continuity editing is also what the film needed, keeping in mind the target audiences. The part that amuses a little is the dialogues; with a quirky sense of humour and prompt pitching of the lines, the actors make the dialogues somewhat entertaining. Nawaz can be trusted to deliver a punch in any scenario, in any genre ranging from Miss Lovely to Bajrangi Bhaijaan and from Liar’s Dice to Raman Raghav 2.0. He is the soul of this otherwise drooping movie delivering a level of performance that calls for applaud. Amy Jackson is present in the movie for some reason other than to act; her expession was constant and she didn’t have even twenty lines throughout the whole jumble. Asif Basra also does a good work as Kishan Lal, the man who coaches Ali.
Even the costumes, with bright and glowing colours for every single member of the cast lacked proper choice. The pro golfers are generally dressed in cool colours and their style in the golf course is simple, not like that of Peter. Though the film is below par, but Nawaz’s brilliance at least makes it watchable if one does not let the mind interfere in the proceedings.
Film Score: 46
Director: Sohail Khan Screenplay: Sohail Khan, Raj Shaandilyaa Cinematography: Mahesh Limaye Editing: Prashant Singh Rathore Production Design: Wasiq Khan Music: Sajid Ali, Wajid Ali Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amy Jackson, Seema Biswas, Asif Basra, Arbaaz Khan.