Remember how Aamir Khan got into a a designer-dhoti to break the elitist club of Britisher Colonists who forbade the desi peasants from penetrating into the game of cricket?
Now director Sohail Khan does a Lagaan on the game of golf. It really can’t get any more elitist than this.And to compound the sense of ruptured elitism Sohail has cast Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the archetypal man of the masses , the dude from the domain of the downtrodden,to take on the stuffed shirts on the gold fields .
And yes he also gets the sophisticated babe,played by Amy Jackson.
Yup, Nawaz has the balls.And he knows how to stuff them into the holes. Someone in the trailer predicts he will be the Sachin Tendulkar of golf. Tiger Woods is not complaining.
In Freaky Ali though he is shown turning into a golfer he remains at heart, a tapori. What ensues in the trailer is a series of close encounters of the ‘thud’ kind.Sample this: Nawaz looks at a golfer and tells his friend-sidekick Arbaaz Khan, “This guy… he can’t have any children…he doesn’t know how to put a ball into a hole.”
And then looking straight into the eyes of a snooty arrogant excessively whiskered golf snob, Nawaz says, “Ghamand toh main pahaad ka bhi toda…phir tu kaun si cheez hai?”
The reference to Nawaz’s Mountain Man is not lost.
Faulty as the sexual analogy may be, this is Nawaz’s chance to get seriously sexy. So when someone filling a form asks Nawaz, ‘Sex?’ he takes a deep orgasmic breath and replies, “I really want to. But my mother says not before marriage.”
This , then, is new power-packed Nawaz as presented by Sohail Khan . In Freaky Ali Nawaz is funny and feisty, and freed of the gun-toting image that Anurag Kashyap has thrust on him.And he takes on one of the most elitist activities and turns it into a joke.
Golf will never be the same again.
Rating: *** ½