• Movie Review - Daddy

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Director: Ashim Ahluwalia
Cast: Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rajesh, Rajesh Shringarpure, Anand ingale and Nishikant Kamat

Last time Arjun Rampal looked so impressive he was starring in a psychological thriller against Chitrangada in the movie Inkaar. In Daddy, Rampal looks hot, dashing and an absolute eye candy. But, while Rampal steals the show Ahluwalia does not impress!

Arun Gawli puts on an emphatic prowess over the Maharashtrian politics though his on screen presence and character curve is pretty predictable. Over the course of a two-hour feature, the dialogue drags and the screenplay stumbles upon the stale old plot pointers of the 80s. The BRA gang of Babu Rama and Arun is a terrible trinity where Arun is our man to look out for. But, interestingly the director does a commendable job in establishing the rest of the two gang members too. The clash of the gangs namely Makhshud and Arun is visualized with a subtle touch so that Farhan Akhtar tole always looks a cameo throughout the entire journey. The only time the audience has an opinion of him is when he flees to Dubai. 

The director marvelously captures the greed and envy in the murder of Rama, it also goes on to show how power corrupts a person. The police officer's character looms large in the entire screenplay, without giving the slightest hint of his victory or defeat in the end.

One would certainly miss Anurag Kashyap while he sees one murder after the other, but it's not that Ashim's murder is run of the mill. Some of the murder sequence like the one in the elevator the one in the jail or even the murder at the very opening of the film keeps you shocked at the gore put forward so simply.

The narrative device of flashbacks does not take away the linearity of the film. It is interesting how parallel versions from Gawli's side itself makes the character of Daddy so controversial. This is perhaps the best takeaway from this Arjun Rampal crime thriller. 
Ashim does not overdo the love angle between Gawli and his wife and he had got big brave hearts to do that in Bollywood. So, the film does not become a musical disaster with too many romantic numbers like the erstwhile Bombay Velvet. 

In fact, the music tries to portray the zeitgeist of the Disco age with the groovy almost surreal dance number in the movie. But, Ashim sadly also takes the usual route of introducing a Ganesha song to point out that the roots of this story are in Mumbai. Though, he justifies it by countering back that Makhshud is not following any laws of the game by attacking in the midst of festivities. The dialogues could be an integral part of the film and it is not. The lines fill in whatever expressions could anyways suggest so a little more work on that part. The hook at the interval keeps you wanting more, but the words don't take off except for an instance or two like when the cop came to nab him out in the public. Could Ashim not take the liberty of spicing and peppering the script with a little bit of wit and humor, even though Gawli was not a character like that.

The female characters are like the cinematography of the film blended like a mild grain whiskey. Thank you Ashim for letting us see Bombay and Mumbai in one film so seamlessly.

If you have no idea why and how Daddy got his name, find out at the theatres. 

This will not obviously be the best movie directed by Ashim ever, and I will rate it a 2.5 out of 5.

Reviewed by: Souvik Chakraborty