Daddy is a 2017 Indian political crime drama film co-written and directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. The film stars Arjun Rampal, who also co-wrote and produced the film, portraying gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli. It also stars South Indian actress Aishwarya Rajesh in the lead role. The official teaser of the film was released on 1 December 2016. Arjun Rampal promoted the film on “The Kapil Sharma Show” on 20 August 2017. Daddy is presented by Kundalini Entertainment and Karta Entertainment. The movie released worldwide on 8 September 2017, to a positive response from the critics and audiences alike, even if, grossing some worldwide 15 odd crores for a budget of 21 crores, it was declared a box-office flop.
In the 1960s and late 1970s, when Mumbai’s textile mills were shutting down one after the other, many unemployed youth including Arun Gawli (Arjun Rampal) resort to matka-gambling on the insistence of his friends, Rama Naik (Rajesh Shringarpure) and Babu Reshim (Anand Ingale), to earn some quick buck and form their own gang. However soon, Gawli finds himself getting trapped in a vortex of crime when he is taken under the wings of Maqsood bhai (Farhan Akhtar loosely modelled on Dawood Ibrahim) after committing a murder. Further, their clashes of ideologies and power game turn them against each other. Meanwhile, Gawli marries his sweetheart Zubeidaa (Aishwarya Rajesh) who coaxes him to leave behind his murky profession. He almost makes up his mind to turn clean. But, when Rama gets killed in a brutal police encounter, Gawli takes in charge of their gang based in Dagdi. He suspects that Rama’s killing was engineered by Maqsood and thus begins a gruesome gang war between them. Hot on the heels is a cop, Vijaykar Nitin who wants to nab Gawli at any cost and take him to task. The rest of the plot revolves around how one of India’s most feared gangsters landed up in politics and his transition to becoming ‘Daddy’.
Arjun Rampal as Arun Gawli
Aishwarya Rajesh as Asha Gawli / Zubeidaa
Nishikant Kamat as Inspector Vijaykar Nitin
Anand Ingale as Babu Reshim
Rajesh Shringarpure as Rama Naik
Farhan Akhtar as Maqsood (loosely based on Dawood Ibrahim)
Purnanand Wandekar as Vijay
Anupriya Goenka as Hilda
Mir Sarwar as Samaad Khan
Shruti Bapna as Rani
Usha Naik as Arun’s Mother
Shrikant Yadav as Sada
Deepak Damle as Phamplet Bandya
Girish Pal as Sachit
Raj Arjun as Rafique
Vijay Sanap as Salim Gurda
Abhimanyu Arun as Newman
Nataša Stanković as herself in the song “Dance-Dance”
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