Ashim Ahluwalia made an impressive start to his film career with a Nawazuddin starring Miss Lovely set in the late 70’s about the parallel B-grade movie industry. It came as a surprise when he chose to back a mainstream star for his next based on the dreaded ex-gangster turned politician – Arun Gawli. When the First look was launched, Arjun Rampal, as Arun Gawli shocked the industry due to his striking resemblance to the real one. The promos look promising and one can see Ahluwalia’s authority in that era.
Since the film is out last Friday, Let us see what the top critics and the dailies have to say.
CNN IBN: Rajeev Masand: 2.5/5
Ahluwalia stages some impressive scenes, particularly a visceral elevator shootout, and one in which a chillum is cleverly smuggled into Gawli’s jail cell. Rampal, who has.. Read More.
NDTV: Subash K Jha- 3/5
Don’t make the mistake of confusing Arjun’s laidback wisdom in portraying the gangster-philanthropist-parliamentarian-convict Arun Gawli as a Devgn-esque laziness. This is a power-packed implosive performance.. Read More.
Times Of India : Meena Iyer – 3.5/5
For those who’ve tuned in late, this film serves as a refresher course on the life and times of the infamous gangs of Bombay. Arun, along with his two.. Read More.
Indian Express: Shubra Gupta – 2.5/5
Part of this film’s pleasures is also in how it nails a period, which is either too glossed up in Bollywood mob dramas, or too toned down. Where it falters in creating an exact fit between.. Read More.
The Hindustan Times: Sweta Kaushal – 2/5 stars
Ahluwalia romanticises his hero and then serves the usual formula gangster fare –an item number, several gun battles and close-ups of emotional moments. Where he fails, however, is keeping it all coherent. The storyline does .. Read More.
Mumbai Mirror: Kunal Guha – 3.5/5
Ahluwalia’s depiction of Bombay in the 70s-90s could be compared to Stranger Things’ reading of life in the Mid-West in the 80s. If this was off, it could reduce the film to costume drama and even render it as a tacky recreation, distracting one from.. Read More.
Mid-day: Letty Marian Abraham – 3/5
In the quest to keep it real, Ahluwalia probably forgot that entertainment is the key ingredient in any film. While the dialogues… Read More.
India Today: Ananya Bhattacharya – 2.5/5
Daddy begins with a bang and takes the viewer through the narrow alleys of Dagdi Chawl where the 1970s mill strikes and eventual shutdown ended up snatching many… Read More.
DNA: Tushar Joshi – 2.5/5
Daddy falters because it fails to connect with you on the most basic level — story telling. The narrative and format that Ahluwalia attempts are disjointed and incoherent. You want to stay with Daddy and… Read More
Koi Moi: Satish Sundaresan – 2.5/5
No prizes for guessing that, it is Arjun Rampal who wins hands down in the acting department. The real life towering personality of his, doubled with an intense ‘eye-language’ and body language to match, Daddy is definitely… Read More
The Quint: Stuti Ghosh – 2.5/5
After the splendid Miss Lovely, director Ashim Ahluwalia is back with his latest venture, Daddy. The film is loosely based on the life of gangster-turned-MLA Arun Gawli… Read More.
Director: Ashim Ahluwalia
Producer: Arjun Rampal, Rutvij Patel
Run Time: 2 hours and 10 Minutes
Feature Image Source : India Tv News
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