In the end, there’s a lot to appreciate in Daddy, yet sadly it’s not enough. The craft is admirable and the big denouement is thought provoking, but pacing issues cripple the film to the extent that you’re exhausted by the time the lights come back on.
The Arjun Rampal starrer has a thickly-populated circuitous plot, which goes back and forth in time, which comes in the way of a solid crime thriller cum study of the making of a gangster.
he film romanticises the hero (Arjun Rampal as Arun Gawli) and then serves the usual formula gangster fare. Where it fails, however, is keeping it all coherent.
If you like slow and dark crime dramas then Daddy is certainly for you but if you seeking a pacy period thriller, then you will be highly disappointed. Daddy is nothing but one of the boring chapters of a history book.
While actor Arjun Rampal's portrayal of gangster Arun Gawli in Daddy is gutsy, producer-writer Arjun Rampal pushes the audience to discover more plot holes than Mumbai citizens encountered this monsoon
If you like crime drama, Daddy is bound to fuel your imagination. Gawli is a part of India's crime-history. And this is the closest you will come to 'encountering' him.
What distinguishes “Daddy” from the many campy gangster films Bollywood has produced is that it at least attempts to try something different within the genre. But scratch the surface, and it is yet another film that romanticizes a gangster and attempts to redeem him.
Technically, Daddy is one of the best films to come out this year with an applause worthy performance by Arjun Rampal, however, it fails to leave an impression on you with its weak narrative and sluggish pace.
If you are a die-hard fan of Arjun Rampal or such genre of films, then, the film Daddy is a must watch for you. And for the rest of you, except for Arjun Rampal and the production values in the form of the recreation of the era gone by, there is hardly anything to boast about in the film
Daddy isn't lionizing or demonizing its hero but in its neutral stance it is also does not do a credible job of making him compelling for the audience. As Gawli makes a plea for an opportunity to redeem himself by doing public service one wonders if the Shiva devotee knows that karma's a bitch and it always catches up with you. Audiences won't cheer nor be mesmerised by Daddy and it's this detachment from the leading man that is Daddy's biggest pitfall.
A well crafted frame, searching for a perfect picture.
It's a risk to not follow Bollywood's tried-and-tested formula. While it does win Rampal brownie points, this will not be enough to turn the film into a success at the box office. It can't exactly be termed as Gawli's biopic, because so much of his life is missing from the film. Nor can one say that it is entertaining as it offers nothing new. Watch it to see Rampal in one of his best performances till date, for a story without frills and only if you have a penchant for crime dramas.
I would call it a tour de force but for the abject absence of flamboyance in the presentation.
Daddy demands patient viewing as it sets out to explore a new story delivery style while tackling the ever-popular gangster genre. As it walks the fine line between judgement and glorification, Daddy often feels like a bunch of headlines stitched together with fine handwriting managing to suck you back into a time that has shaped modern Mumbai.
Daddy is like a docu-feature which will not hold interest for the audience. It may appeal to a tiny section of the audience in Maharashtra due to its Maharashtrian flavour but in the rest of India, it will flop miserably.
The biopic of the reluctant gangster Arun Gulab Gawli is brilliantly shot, the film gives us a great insight into the gangs that ruled Bombay during the seventies and eighties. A decent watch.
Audience Reviews for Daddy
With an attempt to stun you with a real-life story as the only available weapon, Daddy charges forward like a gritty gangster drama. The first few minutes involving deaths and a deadpan introduction to the protagonist succeed in hooking you to the screen. But the problem with director Ashim Ahluwalia's ambitious and long-anticipated project is that it falters after the first 30 minutes. A couple of kills (that actually move the plot ahead) in the beginning, and it's all a loop after that. I understand that gore and violence are important in a gangster film, but when you realize that they are the only thing at play here, you start to lose interest. Arjun Rampal plays the real-life don Arun Gawli with much conviction, and so do the rest of the cast - but what dampens the experience is the shoddy screenplay. It just tries to say a lot of things without discipline, at the same time, and without a structure. That is what works against an otherwise good gangster film that highlights the world of crime in Indian in the 80s and 90s. Daddy is a good film in parts, thanks to the performances, but don't expect too much. TN.
A well made biopic!!!
Fabulous acting Arjun Rampal.