Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer "Freaky Ali", which was released on Friday, Sept.9, has received mixed reviews from critics.
The plot of "Freaky Ali" revolves around Nawazuddin's character, who is an ordinary man but gets involved in the world of golf. It is a rags-to-riches story and leaves the audience in splits. Directed by Sohail Khan, "Freaky Ali" also features Arbaaz Khan and Amy Jackson in key roles and has all the elements of drama, entertainment, comedy and romance.
Nawazuddin, who has earlier played the central character in "Manjhi-The Mountain Man" and "Raman Raghav 2.0," has already curved a niche in Bollywood with his flawless acting chops and with "Freaky Ali," the actor has proved himself to be a versatile performer.
The film has created a huge buzz among movie-goers, considering that it boosts of a stellar cast and Sohail as the director. Also, the film breaks the myth about golf being played by only the riches and manages to encourage the commoners to play the game.
We bring you some critics' verdict for the movie. See them below in the "Freaky Ali" review round-up:
Manjari Saxena of Gulf News said: "It's really not worth paying money to watch Freaky Ali in the theatre. Wait for the world television premiere. And then too, watch only if you are a big fan of Siddiqui's."
Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times said: "Despite the cliches and melodrama, we found Freaky Ali worth the time and money. From the 'talented actor' for the intelligentsia to the common man's entertainer, Siddiqui is one star we love."
Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express said: "Nawazuddin Siddiqui is capable of carrying a film on his own shoulders but the film drowns in its own silliness."
Udita Jhunjhunwala of Firstpost said: "Though it's called Freaky Ali, Siddiqui's Ali is the least freaky of all the characters and his performance is the only reason this film is not a complete washout. While it's nice to see a different and less violent sport being showcased, the casting of an irritating range of characters, and terrible performances by Jackson, Arora and Dheer add to the feeling that you are walking 18 holes in the blazing sun with a heavy golf bag on your shoulder."
Devarsi Ghosh of India Today said: "Nawaz, who is, frankly, at home playing similar characters in much grounded films with a different cinematic language, does everything possible to add juice to Ali, but Sohail Khan's Freaky Ali, in itself, is so empty within, that it needed a star of much bigger, grander, and freakier charisma to elevate such sub-par material to enjoyable goofiness."
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