Daddy movie review: The underworld which held Mumbai in its shackles for quite a long time has been the theme for a number of Bollywood flicks in the past. Keeping with the tradition comes Arjun Rampal starrer Daddy which is based on real life events in the life of Mumbai based mobster Arun Gawli. Daddy 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 many gangster movies in past where real life characters have come alive in the 70 mm screen but Daddy comes with a different appeal altogether. Gawli’s character 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.
The movie has been well knit but actors have delivered mediocre performances despite having 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. 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.
The movie’s 70’s appeal is commendable, starting from its big hair and collars and flared pant to the Mumbai chawl and street scenes, the visuals are beautifully shot. The movie catches up in the cop-robber chase scenes where Nishikant Kamat bowls you over with his brilliance. Shringarpure and Ingale who plays the role of Gawli’s close associate make up for an above average characters. The movie could have been far more riveting given the storyline which gave ample scope for a better show. Overall, Daddy ends up being another gangster drama that throws up a stray ray of sunshine every now and then.
Rating- 3 stars