Who would have known that golf is not a sport only for the affluent but for all with a talent, if Nawazuddin Siddiqui, starrer Freaky Ali would not have happened? With the aim of making golf accessible to one and all, Sohail Khan Productions in association with Golfing Nation are all set for the release of Freaky Ali. Sohail Khan, director and the star cast of the movie shared some experiences and thoughts about the movie at a recent press meet in the NCR.
The first question that might strike anybody is the very title of the movie. So how did it come about? “Some things happen spontaneously, the name of the movie was suggested by our publicist Rahul Nanda. When I was narrating him about the character and told him that Ali is a freak, he said why don’t you name the film Freaky Ali? And that’s when I caught it. Main achhi cheeze kabhi nahi chhodta, wo kahi se bhi aye…” explained Sohail Khan. When asked how he had prepared to get into the skin of the character of Ali, Nawazuddin Siddiqui answered with a smile, “Sometimes you get the kind of role which comes naturally to you. Uske liye character ki skin me jane ki zarurat nahi hoti hai. Sidharth Arora ji helped me with golf and taught me the sport a week before the shooting started.” What was the most memorable thing about Freaky Ali? Nawazuddin laughed and said, “We were shooting at 50-degree temperature but we were made to feel as if it was very cold out there!” What if Nawazuddin Siddiqui was not an actor? With a lot of passion he said, “Struggler hota main, acting ke liye struggle karta puri life. I can never think of any other profession, not in this life.”
Jas Arora, who is portraying the character of Peter in the movie, praised his director and co-actor saying, “The way Sohail bhai trusted me on the first day with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, was very freaky. It was almost like a challenge. It was fantastic to work with an actor like Nawazuddin.” Director of Golfing Nation, Sidharth Arora who debuted in Freaky Ali as a tournament official talked about his wonderful experience working with the skilled actors. “I am playing somewhat myself in the movie,” laughed Siddharth. Based on the 1996 American movie Happy Gilmore, Freaky Ali will hit theatres on September 9.