Actor-turned-director Sohail Khan said that he requested his brother Salman Khan to launch his film Freaky Ali in order to reach a wider audience. The film which is in the mould of Aamir Khan’s cricket flic Lagaan stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead.
“We have been honest to the film. We have stayed true to the film while casting for it. I requested bhai to be part of the film so that we can promote the film. So that it reaches more people,” Sohail told reporters at the launch of the trailer. Salman was planning to go to Ladakh for the shooting of Tubelight, but he cancelled his trip for the trailer launch.
Freaky Ali shows how an ordinary (poor) person can play golf, which is considered a rich man’s sport. “There is a perception about golf and tennis, that they rich man’s sports. We are trying to break that in the film. In the film, we show that everyone who is talented should get a chance to show their talent,” the Jai Ho director said. “It’s an inspirational story, from being a nobody to being an Indian champion. It’s the story of rags to riches. The credit goes to the writer,” he said.
He pointed out that a number of cricketers too have taken to golf. This is supposed to be the first Bollywood film on golf. In order to make sure that the game is depicted correctly in the film, the producer had hired a golf consultant.
The 46-year-old filmmaker finished the shoot in less than 40 days. “It’s shot in 38 days. Nawaz and the entire team were quite co-operative. We were prepared to do the film in this time frame. We started shooting from 7 in morning,” he added. – CINEWS