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.

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