Among all newsworthy things that can be said about the comedy-king Sacha Baron Cohen, the addition of Ali G InDaHouse to Netflix’s Indian content repository, cannot go unnoticed.
While I hope we don’t need to introduce Sacha Baron Cohen to our readers, it is still imperative to remind you of his performances in Borat, The Dictator, Bruno, and most recently, in ‘The Brothers Grimsby’.
It wouldn’t be totally unfair to say that Cohen has single-handedly raised the bar for outrageous comedy, whether it was his portrayal of the flamboyant. Gaddafi-themed dictator ‘Aladin’, or as the happy-go-lucky tourist in Borat. The man proved that his comedy knew no limits when he choreographed an award ceremony in which he supposedly kills the presenter, a wheelchair ridden actress whose claim to fame was that she was the last living actress to have worked with Charlie Chaplin.
Watch video – Sacha Baron Cohen “kills” presenter at award ceremony
Without digressing further, let’s come back to some good-old Netflix trivia surrounding the man of the hour. Cohen rose to fame in Britain with his portrayal of ‘Ali G’, a comic-relief talk show host, who interviewed guest couples such as David Beckham and Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), and was notoriously famous for his nonchalant throws of African-American lingo in an unbelievably ticklish British accent. As far as the world of talk shows was concerned, Ali G knew no boundaries, much like the man behind the character.
And the culmination of Ali G’s fame happened with the 2002 movie ‘Ali G InDaHouse’. The movie is almost impossible to find on legitimate sources online (We all know what happened to the Torrents ecosystem!), and it’s really heartening to see Netflix India bring us a new wave of comic relief with the addition of this title.
The official IMDb description of the movie reads: “Ali G unwittingly becomes a pawn in the Chancellor’s plot to overthrow the Prime Minister of Great Britain. However, Ali is embraced by the nation as a voice of the youth, making the PM and his government more popular than ever.” I’ve seen the trailer and a few scenes from the movie on YouTube, and I can say with some confidence that this description is at best a jacket on which you shouldn’t judge the book.
Directed by Mark Mylod and written by the fantastic duo of Cohen and Dan Mazer, the movie is a total laugh riot, and if you are someone who likes putting the words ‘stoner’ and ‘comedy’ in the same phrase, it is imperative that you hit ‘Play’.