QDekhein: Freaky Ali Puts Up Quite a Show But is a One-Time Watch
Nawazuddin is the only not-so-freaky thing in Freaky Ali.
Freaky Ali is about a man Ali who starts off as an underwear seller, goes on to try his luck in the underworld and eventually settles down to playing the underdog who wants to win a Golf tournament and beat the arrogant reigning champion at his own game. Are you freakin kiddin me? Nope, it is an interesting concept. And also has Bhai ka Khandaan in full force. Sohail Khan dons the director’s mantle while Arbaaz Khan plays Ali’s best friend. Salman’s stamp of approval quite apparent!
Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the eponymous character brings in his usual charm. The first half is a lark with the crowd pleasing dialogues, witty one liners and the underdog taking on the Goliath story line that will always find takers. The second half ups the Emotional quotient as Ali ki Maa (Seema Biswas) and some melodrama take centerstage. There is also the resident baddie Jas Arora twirling his mustache and breathing fire.
Inspite of the fact that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the biggest USP of the film, Freaky Ali is’nt outstanding. And that’s because Sohail Khan’s direction is below average, the writing extremely lacklusterous – they seem to have only doodled characters and the treatment superficial. Amy Jackson as Ali’s love interest in the film could well be the freaky part – they complement each other neither in looks nor in talent. Ali and his mannequin look lost together!
But Freaky Ali is still time pass fun. A harmless one time watch which is palatable. For an actor of Nawazzudin’s caliber, to be featured in such a forgettable film is the freaky part though. I give it 3 QUINTS just for all the heart that he brings into his character.
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