Nawazudding Siddiqui’s solo film Freaky Ali continues to do low business at the box office even on the third day of its release. The film which opened to low figures on Friday managed to rake in only Rs 540 cr at the box office by its second day. Freaky Ali had an occupancy of only 10-15% on its first day, which has not improved despite its third day, Sunday being a crucial one for its business. The film has been made on a low budget of Rs 19 cr. It has been directed by Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan and also stars Amy Jackson and Arbaaz Khan.
The film’s falling profits are disappointing despite the public appreciating Nawazuddin’s solo act. He is apparently pulling the entire film on his shoulders. While Sunday did not provide any respite to its collections, many are expecting some improvement over the week. Considering the makers are promoting the film as an Eid release, we hope the numbers rise on the two festive days of Monday and Tuesday.
Freaky Ali is a comic-drama where Nawazuddin Siddiqui is playing a common man trying to excel in the game of golf, which is mostly considered a rich man’s game. Due to its specific plot, the film targets a certain audience. The highlight of the movie remains Nawaz’s performance. Salman Khan had in the past days promoted the film at several events. Azbaaz Khan also has a supporting part in the film, though many believe he could’ve done better if his part was written well.
Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta, in her review for Freaky Ali wrote, “There’s a ‘message’ that’s dinned into us via Nawaz’s ‘ordinary’ man. That no one, even a guy who hawks undergarments at a road-side stall, is worthy of contempt. That golf may be seen as a sport for the wealthy, but there’s no stopping anyone from becoming a champion. All you need is skill. And will. The poor vs rich clash is set up for laughs, and we are amused to begin with, but then the amusement dries up.The one person who keeps us watching is Nawaz.”
Freaky Ali got less number of screens as compared to the other big release this weekend – Baar Baar Dekho. Though Baar Baar Dekho is also struggling to get good numbers at the box office, it is at least doing better than the Nawaz film.