Daddy: A Gangster Movie You Can Watch!
Movie Review by Anand Jha (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Daddy begins with the introduction of three key people Babu Reshim (Anand Ingale), Rama Naik (Rajesh Shringarpure) and Arun Gulab Gawli (Arjun Rampal) a disarranged team who transform into crime-associates in Dagdi Chawl. There’s a fourth member named Vijay (Purnanand Wandekar) who is not given much prominence in the gang.
The gang is enraged and seeks revenge, following the murder of a close associate. Arun Gawli is least interested in the retaliation of the attack, but finally accepts. Gawli then kills the man who had killed one of his associates. He’s jailed, but is immediately released without any consequences, as the witnesses provide false testimonies in the command of Maqsud (Farhan Akhtar) who plays real life Dawood Ibrahim and is referred as “Bhai”.
An ephemeral bond is formed between Maqsud and the Gawli’s gang. Maqsud gives instructions to kill Samad Khan (Mir Sarwar) and the gang succeeds. Babu is murdered by Vijay because of a personal grudge against Babu. After Babu, Rama is killed in a police encounter, orchestrated by Maqsud with the help of Hilda (Anupriya Goenka). Arun becomes the leader of the gang and he openly retorts against Maqsud, leading to a bloody gang war.
The movie depicts the rise of Arun Gawli and shows the penurious state of the Bombay Chawls during the 70’s where you either eat or get eaten. The tone of the movie shows Gawli as a person who’s has been shaped into a criminal by the bludgeonings of poverty. Director Ashim Ahluwalia has added the right amount of detailing to make this a believable movie – the dirty chawls, the bar, the costumes, the prosthetic nose that Arjun Rampal uses, to seem more like the real Gawli. The cinematography and the screenplay from past to present bodes well for the movie’s theme.
Arjun Rampal acts well as Gawli the gangster turned politician. Right from the initial phase where he is shown as a street goon, one particular scene where he runs for his life from a car chasing him shows Rampal’s improvement as an actor. Farhan as Maqsud isn’t the usual dominating don that we often see on screen. He brings a menacing charm that’s portrayed in an evilish mirth. Nishikant Kamat as Inspector Vijaykar Nitin plays a cop whose sole purpose is to catch hold of Gawli, Kamat plays the cop really well adds a finer touch of realism. Rajesh Shringarpure as Rama Naik and Anand Ingale as Babu Reshim play their parts well. Special mention to Aishwarya Rajesh who plays Asha Gawli, Gawli’s wife the silent yet defined portrayal of her character makes her a great pick in the movie. The movie is definitely worth a watch for its real life portrayal of the Chawl back in the days of Bombay’s emerging crime.