Nawazuddin Siddiqui has developed a new interest in golf especially after 'Freaky Ali' where he plays the role of a young man trying to make it big in this game. The actor was quoted as saying that the game is not as simple as it looks. According to him, it is a game to push one's personal limits. By his own admission, Nawaz has never been an avid sports person and doing a role that involved understanding the nuances of a game like golf was not that easy either. Being a father himself, Nawaz feels that he should give his children the freedom to pursue what they love. "Gone are the days when parents would force their decision down their children's throat and dictate terms. Today, children are intelligent and are confident about their aims and objectives in life,'' says the actor.
Nawazudin plays the lead in this rags-to-riches story about a street hoodlum who starts playing golf and starts beating the best at it.
“It’s a film which is made with a sense of innocence and simplicity. It has a simple but classical plot. It’s a true underdog story and I had great fun doing it,” the 42-year-old expressed. Nawazudin was in the city along with the film’s director Sohail Khan, and his co-stars Arbaaz Khan and Jas Arora.
“Freaky Ali is not just a sports film. There’s much more to it than just that. The film plays on human emotions and has comedy, romance, drama – it’s a complete entertainment package,” said Arbaaz Khan, who plays a supporting role.
Arbaaz, who’s familiar with Hyderabad, has signed a Telugu film, an untitled venture featuring Raj Tharun in the lead role. “I like Raj. He’s an affable guy, is friendly and comes across as a level-headed person,” Arbaaz added.
Sohail Khan returns as a director after Jai Ho (2014) and says doing Freaky Ali was a dream come true for him.
“I always wanted to make a sports film. If there was one thing I’m passionate about besides filmmaking, its sports. I often come here with Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) and also play football at times. Like Nawaz, I too had little knowledge about golf. But after playing, I realised that it’s a very technical game. When I watched Nawaz in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, I thought he would be perfect for this film. I told him about the film, and once he was on board, we decided to make the film around him and the script was written keeping him in mind. His dialogue delivery and screen presence was taken into account while preparing the script,” Sohail noticed.
The Lakeer actor feels that the flick has the potential to change the perception about golf in the country. “Golf is considered to be a rich man’s sport. But if you notice, it is one of the most popular sports in the world and is played by more countries compared to cricket. Through the movie, we want to shatter this myth about the game and we want more people picking up the sport. The idea is to make the game into a common-man’s sport,” Sohail said.