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Daddy (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Crime | 8 September 2017 (USA)
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 »


Ashim Ahluwalia

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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 ... 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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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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Why don't we give a chance to someone after forgetting his past!
8 September 2017 | by maulin5See all my reviews

A crime drama film, based on the life of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, directed by Ashim Ahluwalia and written by him along with Arjun Rampal, is released Today.

The film is going on a slower pace throughout its running time. That's why it requires patience to deal with it. This type of cinema in Bollywood is rear. So, it is time for us to support it by increasing the box office numbers.

I don't know about its box office prediction, but surely know that it will be counted as Arjun's best movie. I was surprised to see his name in writing as well as producing. He is sincere about his work throughout his career. This will add bonus.

I am a fan of Farhan Akhtar. I think that is the reason why my mind was forcing me to like his character of Bhai (Ibrahim). Otherwise the thin body doesn't suit the character, as we have seen Emraan and Rishi earlier. Aishwarya Rajesh is the lead, and after seeing the photo of Gawli's wife in end credits, I believe she's the perfect choice. Nishikant Kamant once again rocks.

Direction is fantastic. You can feel the darkness of 70's and 80's. The assassination in lift is the scene of the film! Never seen that kind of scene in any cinema. Also, editing is griping. Despite having a slower pace, the editing is finely done that you can not miss anything.

Music is given by Sajid Wajid. Hardly three songs are there. Suitable for that particular situation. Background music has one splendid tune which we've heard in Ganesh Visarjan.

Don't go for this movie just for the sake of entertainment. If you want that, than go for Badshaaho. Daddy is the film which you have to give a try just for living the life of Arun Gawli. What went wrong that leads him to join a gang and why is he still in jail are the questions which this film clarifies.

One thing I liked the most is the dialogue of Arun, which is perfectly suitable in life of youngsters. Most of the classmates of mine are going abroad and will settle there for sure, I want to say them that- 'Mee Bhagoda Naahi, Apne Desh Ko Chhodke Kahin Nahi Jaaunga!'

After seeing the story of Manya Survey and Arun Gawli, I feel that the path we choose is given by God. No bad person is bad by birth. Or not by heart, too. We people are the biggest supporters of these kind of gangsters, who somehow wanted to change their path, but 'we' didn't let them to do that. Shame on us.

Why are we holding the past of any person, whether he/she's a gangster, a politician, a thief, a prostitute or a gambler, and not providing him/her that space which can change the profession. Till we don't change our mindsets, nothing will change. A chance is what they needed.

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