Freaky Ali: Siddiqui swings, shines and steals the scene!

Movie Review: Freaky Ali
Genre: Sports/Romance
Actors: Nawazuddin Siddiqui | Amy Jackson | Seema Biswas | Arbaaz Khan | Jas Arora | Asif Basra Director: Sohail Khan
Duration: 120 minutes

Stepout2Play Rating: 6/10

2016 seems to be the year of sports movies for Bollywood. With as many as 6 flicks releasing this year, the theme has gained much popularity among the masses. After all, who doesn’t love a good story of the underdog’s victory over the top-seed? Freaky Ali, the Indian remake of the 1996 American comedy, Happy Gilmore, belongs to this genre. It tries to win smiles and warm hearts with its humor-sprinkled take on the proletarianization of golf.

But does it succeed?

Ali (Nawazuddin Siddqui) is a 34-year old middle-class man, going with the flow. When his undergarments selling gig fails, he is pulled into the underworld extortion business by his friend and local goon, Maqsood (Arbaaz Khan). During an extortion, fate takes him to a golf course where he playfully exhibits his natural swing with a golf club, wowing his extortion-victim challenger and his friends alike. His well-wisher, and a caddy with the golf course, Kishan Chacha (Asif Basra) observes this and suggests him to consider golfing as a profession.

Amy Jackson and Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Amy Jackson and Nawazuddin Siddiqui

With golf being a rich man’s sport, Ali faces numerous trials on his journey to become a golf champion. Throw in a melodramatic mother (Seema Biswas), a love interest (Amy Jackson), friends-turned-foes, and the antagonist (Jas Arora), a cliché plot is brewed.

Siddiqui excels as Ali, no surprises there! While one is well aware of his acting prowess, his comic-timing regales us. He plays a dutiful son, the love-struck man and the challenged underdog with aplomb. While other actors deliver watery performances, Siddiqui shines bright and is the movie’s saving grace. The dialogues are witty in parts, like the scene where Siddiqui makes the Manjhi reference. The soundtrack consists of three songs, of which ‘Parinda’ stands out.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui shakes a leg in Freaky Ali

Nawazuddin Siddiqui shakes a leg in Freaky Ali

Watch it for Siddiqui’s self-deprecating humor and flippant dance moves. Freaky Ali is a light-hearted, feel-good comic flick that can be watched during the weekend.

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