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Daddy (2017)

From the rough streets and back alleys of Central Mumbai comes the sensational true story of Arun Gawli, a man who scripted his own destiny, eventually going on to become one of India's most feared gangsters. Today he remains an enigmatic figure; at once a volatile, power-hungry criminal for some and the respected "Daddy" or a modern day Robin Hood for the working-class neighborhood he belongs to... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Arjun Rampal ... Arun Gawli
Aishwarya Rajesh ... Asha Gawli
Nishikant Kamat ... Inspector Vijaykar Nitin
Rajesh Shringarpore Rajesh Shringarpore ... Rama Naik
Purnanand Wandekar Purnanand Wandekar ... Vijay
Anupriya Goenka ... Hilda
Shruti Bapna ... Rani
Usha Naik Usha Naik ... Arun's Mother
Shrikant Yadav ... Sada
Deepak Damle Deepak Damle ... Phamplet Bandya
Raj Arjun ... Rafique
Vijay Sanap Vijay Sanap ... Salim Gurda
Abhimanue Arun Abhimanue Arun ... Newman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdul Abdul ... Maqsood Goon 1
Sujit Acharya Sujit Acharya ... Judge 3


Daddy is an upcoming Indian political crime drama film co-written and directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. The film stars Arjun Rampal, who also co-wrote the film, portraying gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli. The official teaser of the film was released on December 1, 2016.

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8 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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In 2015 the film ran into controversy even before it went on floors when Arjun Rampal went to have a secret meeting with Arun Gawli to prepare for his character when he was admitted in JJ Hospital in Mumbai. See more »


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One time watch. But fine performance by Arjun Rampal
11 October 2017 | by theopinionatedindianSee all my reviews

Although I haven't been a great fan of Arjun Rampal's acting talent, one look at the pic of Arjun Rampal in a Gandhi topi & I was anxious to find out how well the movie turns out. I have always been a mafia movies aficionado & was hoping that after a slew of films based on Dawood Ibrahim, we would get to watch a decent movie based on the life of another gangster of the bygone era. The movie which is probably the first one based on notorious gangster Arun Gawli, starts off on 1960's Mumbai. It traces the rise of the dreaded gangster, his rivalry with another gangster & his nemesis - an inspector who keeps tormenting him throughout his journey. The director- Ashim Ahluwalia, must be lauded for his thorough research. Although a lot of characters names & events have been altered due to legal issues, the movie does spill out quite a few secrets about the Mumbai underworld. Crime/Mafia movie afficionados who have loved watching Satya, Comapny & especially Vaastav will like this movie. Biopics require the lead actor to have a certain degree of resemblance to the character he is portraying & Arjun Rampal does look uncannily similar to "Daddy". Nishikant Kamath who plays the main antagonist, is menacing as the corrupt cop who is out to finish the don of Dagdi chawl. The first half kept us entertained & anxious to know how the movie unfolds in the second half. But for all its research, the movie falters in the second half. Neither do you dread the principal character & neither do you emphatize with him. The movie lacks soul. Although it is good to not go OTT, some level of exaggeration is necessary to enhance the viewing experience. Farhan Akhtar has been grossly miscast as a Dawood Ibrahim type character. Several notorious murders which the don was alleged to have committed, are not in the movie. The music by Sajid-Wajid was average. The ending did leave us unsatisfied. Besides the action scenes are not enough to quench our thirst for gore & neither does the film have enough punchlines. It is a movie worth a watch, but is not in the league of Satya, Vaastav or Company. But do watch it for Arjun Rampal's performance. It is easily his best till date.

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