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Asked Salman Khan to promote Freaky Ali for wider reach: Sohail

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Actor-turned-director Sohail Khan says he requested his superstar brother Salman Khan to launch his film 'Freaky Ali' so that it reaches a wider audience. Sohail is excited about his next directorial venture 'Freaky Ali', starring 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 (Salman) to be part of the film so that we can promote the film, so that it reaches more people and grabs more eyeballs,” Sohail told reporters here at the film's trailer launch last evening.

“When we thought of this event (trailer launch) for Sunday, we were told press (media) will not come. It was like if Salman Khan will come press will also come,” he said. Salman had to go to Ladakh for the shooting of his next film 'Tubelight', directed by Kabir Khan.

“Salman bhai cancelled his Ladakh trip for the trailer launch. Also, it's your (media) reach that will make the film popular as we have made all efforts,” Sohail said.

'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, tennis, that it's a rich man's sport. 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' helmer 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 ex-cricketers have taken golf either as a hobby, passion or as a profession. “It's a first film set against the backdrop of golf and we have added cricket for the audience. Both cricket and golf in a way are similar because the ball swings. We cultivated the idea from this,” Sohail said.  

In order to make sure that the game is depicted correctly in the film, the makers roped in a golf consultant. “We had a golf consultant on the sets to help us understand the technical aspects of the game. He made things easy for us. Golf can be a complicated game. Technically, the game is shot in a right way in the film,”he said.

Nawazuddin is a one-take actor, says Salman
Superstar Salman Khan feels Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the role of a golfer in his upcoming film 'Freaky Ali', is a one-take actor.

Playing the titular role in Sohail Khan's directorial venture, Nawazuddin starts out as a salesman for undergarments. He also doubles up as a local gangster who plays cricket and later somehow lands up playing golf.“I had never played golf earlier. It is a technical game and I had to learn it. I practiced the game a lot. I practiced golf for 10-12 days,” Nawazuddin told reporters here at the trailer launch of 'Freaky Ali' last evening.

The 'Gangs of Wasseypur' star, who is known for his acting skills, found difficulty while mouthing a dialogue to sell lingerie in a scene in 'Freaky Ali'.

“The dialogue on underwear advertisement was the most difficult. I rehearsed it early morning before the shot,” Nawazuddin said.

At the trailer launch event, the 42-year-old actor even mouthed that particular dialogue in a non-stop way, leaving the audience present in splits. Salman, who was present at the trailer launch event, too couldn't control his laughter.

“That's why we took Nawazuddin (referring to the way he said the dialogue). He is freaky. He will give you that shot in one take. If I would have done then it would have taken 50 takes. Even after that I would have never been able to say that again,” Salman said.

The film also starring Amy Jackson and Nikitin Dheer opens in cinema houses on September 9.

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