Arjun Rampal starrer Daddy hit the screens this Friday. The movie released amidst a lot of anticipation since it is based on true events in the life of Mumbai mobster Arun Gawli. The movie is directed by Ashim Ahluwalia revolves around the life of Gawli, a son of a jobless mill worker who makes it big as a gangster and turns out to be one of the most prominent faces of Mumbai underworld. Bollywood has seen a trail of movies based on Mumbai’s underworld but besides its traditional theme, it was expected that Daddy will be a pathbreaking show. One reason for the anticipation can be the real life character of Arun Gawli who is not just another gangster turned politician who has made it big by exercising ruthless choice. Gawli emerges as a larger than life persona whose character intrigues you. Despite the movie being well knit, the actors have delivered a mediocre performance though the film had ample scope for a better show. Even Arjun Rampal as Gawli is convincing only in parts; most of the time he tries to fit into the character making it improbable.
As a result, Daddy’s day 1 box office collection hasn’t shown any impressive number. Arjun Rampal starrer was able to collect Rs 1.30 crores on day 1, according to Bollywood Hungama. Ahluwalia creates a Robin Hood out of Gawli’s character who takes from the rich to help the poor and this is a little cliched. Despite putting up a commendable camerawork, and sketching a believable backdrop in which the movie is set, it lacks the appeal of its characters which failed to do the wonders it was expected to. However, for those who want to get up close and personal with near-term history, this is a must-watch movie. It will put in perspective much of what Mumbai and its underworld is all about and much of it applies even today. Also, Rampal manages to fill the screen like few manage to do – it is intriguing and bizarre at the same moment.