August 28, 2016: India’s best junior golfer Shubham Jaglan enjoyed a day out with the cast of Freaky Ali, the movie featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a golfer from a humble background. Siddiqui plays the role of an extortion debt collector along with Arbaaz Khan, who plays the role of Maqsood. Shubham shot to fame rising from his beginnings as a child of a milk vendor in a Haryana village to be among the most promising junior golfers in India.
Shubham’s rise to international fame though has been based on sheer golfing talent, emerging from the dust bowl of Haryana. The 11 year old boy played golf on paddy fields with golf sticks carved out wood.
In the movie, Siddiqui goes to a golf course to collect a debt. But when the snobbish golfer asks him to wait until he finishes play, the hero discovers his naturally golden golf swing by producing an ace.
Incensed by the attitude of the debtor, Siddiqui rises from the ground to emerge victor with a vengeance. The film is said to be a romantic comedy with golf as the backdrop.
The story of Ali’s rise from the mundane to emerge as a magical golfing hero may not entirely mirror Shubham’s story. But the parallels are unmistakable.
The film is expected to be released on 09 September. The film is inspired by Adam Sandler’s 1996 release titled Happy Gilmore.
Shubham has astounded experts with his dominant performances on the international circuit in recent times. He won two of three World Championships in 2015, over an international field filled with fancied American and European juniors.
The boy from Israna also won the European Junior Championship earlier this season to underline his progress. He is being mentored by Amit Luthra and coached by Nonita Lal Qureshi at the Delhi Golf Club.
Shubham received a letter of appreciation recently from the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee.