Does Sanju really answer those How’s and Why’s of Sanjay Dutt’s life ?

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Third AC journey (3/5)

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma,                                 Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Put together a flamboyant Bollywood celebrity lifestyle smeared with drugs, guns, gangsters, girls, and jail time, and then tell me that Rajkumar Hirani had nothing short of a ripper to showcase on the celluloid. Sanju had a lot of people waiting and guessing about what and who does the film show and more importantly what and who gets left behind the curtains.


Well, it would be a bit harsh to say that Hirani and his unit do not deserve an applause, but Sanju, for me does fall short on some massive grounds resulting in being just another decent film with damn good prosthetic work


A biopic film that pivots around the most common post controversy celebrity cliche of Kuch toh log kahenge is not new in B-town. Sanju during its promotions promised to be one of the boldest biopics ever made, but this is where Hirani’s storytelling skills play you; he does talk about the drugs, the girls, and the AK-56 rifle incident, but somehow, due to some reason, Sanjay Dutt ends up being the poor guy at the wrong place and at the wrong time.


Well, enough of the story bashing; I guess I should have seen this coming. However, team, Hirani does not fall short of perfection when it comes to the scene settings, the sets, and the actors. Ranbir Kapoor’s striking resemblance to Sanjay Dutt falls in line with the way he carries Baba’s charisma and charm all the way. Characters are well crafted with Jim Sarbh and Vicky Kaushal playing important pillars in the story. Those of Dutt’s parents essayed by Manisha Koirala and Paresh Rawal bear an uncanny resemblance with Nargis and Dutt Saab of those days.


Music is not much of a companion through the 160-minute ride, but nevertheless, the story is well narrated and maintains a steady pace. Despite the poor celebrity kid image, Sanju is much likable because it tries you to bring you a step closer to the best possible source of Sanjay Dutt’s life. The film plays well on the drama and the bubble of controversy that leads to it making Sanju a film I would recommend people watch.




Padman’s take on menstrual hygiene strikes a perfectly logical and cinematic balance

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Second AC journey (4/5)

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, Sonam Kapoor

Director: R.Balki

R.Balki’s films have always had a subtle and stylish take on Indian women and his portrayal of India’s Padaman is another classy piece of cinema. Padman is the real-life story of Arunachalam, who is widely recognized for his vision and efforts on promoting menstrual hygiene in rural India. The film weaves through the hardships Arunachalam faced in his endeavors and brilliantly depicts his journey from a social outcast to a national hero.


So it all starts in a village in India, where Lakshmi (Akshay Kumar), is happily married to Gayathri (Radhika Apte) and they are happily settled in a compact family. Balki takes some time to introduce his main and immediate supporting characters and as soon as we are done understanding who is who, he places his inciting incident to the audience. It does not take the protagonist, Lakshmi much time to understand the lack of menstrual hygiene being followed by the women in his immediate surroundings and how detrimental it could be in the long run. Given the sensitivity of the topic, Mr.Balki  carefully presents his problem statement on screen. The film takes us through multiple scenarios to highlight the rigid mentality, lack of awareness and the financial crunch that forces such detrimental conditions upon women in the rural space India.


In his urge to improve menstrual sanitation for the women in his family and village Lakshmi goes above and beyond going to the extent of making sanitary pads, but, his act is taken as a serious offense by the women in his family itself. The film raises and gets answers to a lot of questions that have lead to the current chain of events by placing a protagonist, who is logical, practical and caring in the middle of this situation. The character of Lakshmi is simple, to begin with, but evolves as the journey moves forward. The director focuses on Lakshmi and Gayathri’s relationship and how his care for her transforms into an undying urge to provide better sanitary conditions for her during her periods, to begin with.


The actors ensure the film keeps on track and the purpose is not lost. The introduction of Sonam Kapoor in a supporting role adds the much-needed refreshment and suave to the screen. The first half of the film showcases the issue from a rural background while during the second half Mr. Balki tries to shelve an urban angle into the film. Padman guarantees comedy, emotion, tears, and drama during its 140 minutes running time. Despite a bold subject, the film dons its dialogues and screenplay. The dialogues strike hard and go a long way in delivering the much-needed message.


The film calls curtains with an enigmatic yet simple speech from the Pad Man that is surely going to move you. There are moments where it seems that Padman does add the extra unnecessary Bollywood flavor, which tends to typecast this journey also into a romantic drama, but I believe the message the film delivers is far important than that. The film is bold despite the setting it is filmed in and definitely strikes on the chord it was expected to.

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Padmavat: Bhansali’s cinematic aura and an engulfing Khilji are the standouts in this sufficiently entertaining period drama

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Third AC journey (3.5/5)

Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

With all the buzz around, Bhansali and co. did not need a lot of publicity or advertisements for their latest period drama. Despite a lot of fingers pointing at the substantiality and the authenticity of the story, Padmavat does manage to clear a lot of ground and ends up being another feather in Bhansali’s cap. Deriving its storyline from Jayasi’s version, Padmavat’s grandeur is nonparallel but at the same time, the film suffers from something I would term as “enhanced attention on acting skills” in the film world.


Without wasting much time the film reveals its frontline characters including Shahid Kapoor as Rawal Ratan Singh and Deepika Padukone as Padmavati. What’s interesting is the route Mr. Bhansali follows in order to get the Rajputs and the Khilji’s face to face and no matter how authentic and well directed it is, it tends to slacken the process for someone who is not aware of the chronology and significance of the events.


If you have known him and his films, a Bhansali film never falls short of a binding screenplay with sharp and punchy dialogues. The script and screenplay of Padmavat bring forth cracking dialogues delivered in Hindi, Urdu and Rajasthani dialects, which despite a traditional touch manage to set the scenes ablaze at times. The cinematography, locations and camera angles do complete justification to the production costs and Mr. Bhansali’s image as one of Bollywood’s finest. While the costumes sparkle and dazzle, the music goes hand in hand with the time depicted, as we see a combination of both, Rajasthani folk and Sufi background brace the film.


Now, the part which I wanted to talk about the most, the acting. We all know a Bhansali film is never shy of powerful on-screen characters and Padmavat is just another proof of this claim. Ranveer Singh’s character casting of Alauddin Khalji is splendid. He may not be as ghastly and treacherous as Christopher Nolan’s Joker, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Alauddin is one of the most perfect villains played by anyone in a long time. Not to forget Anurag Kashyap’s Raman from Raman Raghav 2.0 last year. With every scene featuring Khilji, the film takes a slightly interesting turn, which made me woo him more over the leading lady, Padmavati.


Deepika is rock solid in her character, but it takes really long for her virtues and boldness to become a part of her on-screen personality. Shahid Kapoor continues his love affair with his characters as his dynamic as Rawal Ratan Singh completely engulfs the charm and pride of a then Rajput ruler. However, the Shahid-Deepika chemistry is palatable but lacks the charisma that the Ranveer-Deepika pair shared in Bajirao Mastaani. The supporting cast that ropes in small but impacting performances from Jim Sarbh as Malik Kafur and Aditi Rao as Mehrunisa make a major impact on the flow of events in the films.


As this journey nears its ending station, Padmavat gets gripping as every scene passes. With magnanimous war scenes to the bold and gutty Jauhar scene, the film touches a different level as another Bhansali romantic tragedy looks to end its course with utmost grandeur. After a gripping 180 minute running time that does not begin on a very strong foot, Padmavat ends adding a feather of glory and respect to Rajput honor and simultaneously doing utmost justice to the story of Padmavati that has been carried over the ages.

Qarib Qarib Single is as funny and adorable as any romantic comedy can get

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Rajdhani First AC journey (4/5)

Starring: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy, Brijendra Kala, Luke Kenny

Director: Tanuja Chandra

Romantic comedies have always been one of the genres I have enjoyed the most. So far this year, Bollywood has faired really well in the rom-com section. We had Bareilly ki Barfi, backed up by Shubh Mangal Savdhan and now Qarib Qarib SIngle is just what was needed. With the Irrfan-Parvathy combo at the helm of things, the film is done pretty well flavored with a comic screenplay and refreshing storyline.

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The journey from Mumbai to Rishikesh, then Delhi followed by Jaipur and finally reaching its climax in the beautiful valleys of Gangtok covers quite a bit of the country. With vivid locations keeping you intrigued at all times, the journey kicks off in Mumbai when two middle-aged single people come across through an online dating website. What follows is a series of insecurities and questions, which generally flow in the current online dating scenario. Talking more about our lead pair, on one hand, we have a poet cum flamboyant consultant, Irrfan Khan, who is spontaneous and relishes every moment of life while on the other is Parvathy; stylish, suave, but also insecure and withholding at the same time.


As the journey progresses into the second gear, Irrfan, the poet reveals his romantic encounters in the past and the next thing we know, our lead pair are on a flight prepping for a series of encounters with Irrfan’s ex-girlfriends. Director, Taruna Chandra is back after a series of flip-flops and once again proves that she still has the Dil Toh Pagal Hai mettle in her. She takes time to build her characters up and the more we dig deeper into her film, she adds more essence and simplicity to her characters. For example, Irrfan being utterly careless at times and then being ignorant about it while Parvathy trying to imitate Irrfan’s Urdu words are some moments that help the film gel really well.


Both the halves of the film are equally brilliant. Despite all the quality and character int he film the screenplay, at times, tends to spoil the party. Just like all the other en-route stations, the music is soothing, refreshing and limited which makes the journey even more enjoyable. Supporting actors play a limited role but the constant variety in faces with Neha Dhupia, Brijendra Kala, Isha Sharwani and Luke Kenny keep tinkling with the momentum of the film.



With all its merits and some negligible flaws, Qarib Qarib Single made a huge impact on me. Taruna ends the film with Jaya settling all her insecurities of Vyogi and getting two completely opposite characters together, which should be enough for people doubting Bollywood’s ability with romantic comedies. To sum this journey up, Qarib Qarib Single is Qarib Qarib one of Bollywood’s finest films.

A dysfunctional family with overdone Marvel comedy and a lot of Avengers is Thor Ragnarok for me

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Third AC journey (2.5/5)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins

Director: Taika Waititi

Dysfunctional families have been food for the celluloid over the years and will continue to do so, but, to be honest, I had never thought that the Marvel gods would also face similar family issues as did Ekta Kapoor a decade back. Ragnarok, the destined destruction of Asgard is what brings back Thor to his land and what unfolds in the next couple of hours did not seem that amazing to me.


It all starts with a cocky Thor ripping apart the fire demon, Surfur and heading back to Asgard. It is here that he finds out that Loki has exonerated Odin and is now enjoying his days as the ruler of Asgard, disguised as Odin. Moving further, director, Taika Waititi focuses on the differences of the Asgard brothers and finely mixes comedy with emotion in the first few minutes. Soon after their reunion with Odin, Thor and Loki figure out two things; first, Odin does not have much time left, and second, they have an elder sister, Hela, the Goddess of Death, who was banished and kept away by Odin for rebelling against him. It hardly takes Hela time to resurface after the death of Odin and all hell breaks loose. The director takes a good chunk of time to hit the road and till he does, it all goes well. He introduces members of the Avengers followed by the Hulk to cause a bit of a chill, but it’s simply not enough to keep me occupied for over 2 hours.


While Hela unleashes her wrath over Asgard, Thor has an amazing reunion with the Hulk who has been in his green monsterous avatar since Sokovia. It is not much time before Ragnarok hits both, Asgard and the film. As the siblings fulfill their ambitions and aspirations the film slowly moves out of the hands of the director and heads towards a cliched Marvel ending. The star cast is well done with each character doing their job perfectly. Hemsworth and Hiddleston as Thor and Loki have always been a charm and their evil sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett) does not fail to impress either.


The action is well done and comedy is classy but it soon gets exaggerated giving an impression that the director does not have much to showcase in this marathon long film. With a pretty standard template of Marvel films, Thor: Ragnarok dwells only in its comedy, on-screen stardom and sensational graphics. Honestly, it gives off the feel of a film that was completely unnecessary as even the post-credit scenes are a letdown, giving no significant link to the future Avengers series.


Despite all its glossy offerings, Thor’s 3rd version does not have much to impress or boast about. The first film brought out an evil younger brother, the second one a confused and delusional elder sibling, while the third, a demented and destructive sister. Thor: Ragnarok leaves me wondering about Odin’s upbringing and how did such confusing kids turn out to be Gods?

Ittefaq is one of the finer crime thrillers of the year

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Second AC journey (3.5/5)

Starring: Siddharth Malhotra, Sonkashi Sinha, Akshaye Khanna

Director: Abhay Chopra

The crime thriller genre has been something that Bollywood has practiced and perfected itself in over the last few years. With exceptional films like Gupt, Manorama, Ittefaq(1969), Kaun, Talvar and much more, our film fraternity has proven that they can really take audiences by surprise when it comes to cocktailing suspense and crime on the celluloid. Looking to derive its essence from its 1969 namesake, Ittefaq, is, without a doubt, a valuable addition to the list of those fine Bollywood thrillers.

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It all sparks off in a rainy Mumbai night as we see Siddharth Malhotra escaping from the clutches of the local police and coincidentally entering into Sonakshi Sinha’s house to find a place to hide. The film does not take much time to introduce its characters as within the first few minutes we get a fine nudge of the main faces of this journey. What unfolds is a series of versions of a night which around which the journey revolves. While Akshaye Khanna dons his tough cop role, the actor continues to be at the helm of things throughout the film. Sonakshi and Siddharth up their game as they keep their acting skills in balance through a rough and thorough police investigation.


Both halves of the film are equally well made with the second one just feeling a little dragged on. Director, Abhay Chopra, ensures perfection is maintained throughout every frame. He brilliantly infuses the changing weather of Mumbai and the times of the day to depict the metamorphosis and evolution of his chilling script. As the train ruffles through the plot twists, the film plays with your imagination as you feel you are always rooting for the wrong guy. Dialogues and screenplay do add the momentary humor to the screen which helps relish the journey. No songs and a thankfully short running time help Ittefaq edge closer and closer to our list of suave Bollywood thrillers while the twist in the tale is more than sufficient to propel the film into the selects list.


With Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in 1969 and Siddharth and Sonakshi in 2017, the Ittefaq brand maintains its standards as the phenomenally crafted journey comes to a halt. Perfectly measured presence of actors and believable plot points make Ittefaq one of the films you should definitely watch this weekend.

David Dhawan undoes his 90’s masterclass with Judwaa 2

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Sleeper coach journey (1.5/5)

Starring: Varun Dhawan, Taapsee Pannu, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rajpal Yadav, Anupam Kher, Ali Asgar, Vivan Bhatena

Director: David Dhawan

Glossy star cast, jazzy music, David Dhawan’s comedy and nostalgia of the 90’s were supposed to be the headlines of Judwaa 2. Honestly, the trailer did not hand us anything promising except for the memories and the redone songs that lacked the shine Anu Malik and Abhijit’s original versions had. It carries its momentum from the original version, but as expected, Varun Dhawan’s version of Judwaa is nothing close to the one we saw as kids.


With a very shabby and distorted beginning to the journey, I already lost hope of any revivals or comebacks from the film. Thriving hard on its prequel, Judwaa 2 blindly follows its predecessor’s storyline with multiple scenes simply copied in the later version. The film fails to present any meaningless character or plot conflicts. Mr. Dhawan, the senior, actually presents the roadside rowdy version of Varun Dhawan and Rajpal Yadav land in London to avoid rivalry from the local goons. Yes, it gets that senseless, and that is just the beginning. What follows is a roller coaster of poor jokes and events that left me confused and doubt my own sanity.


The star cast does weave a bit of its magic as Varun Dhawan tries his best to make ends meet but falls short of the aura Salman created in the earlier version. The charismatic Varun goes from beating up goons to mimicking Sharukh Khan but that is just not enough. Supported by Taapsee and Jacqueline, the ladies add the star power to the screen and to some extent succeed in redoing Rambha and Karishma. The negative spark of the film is carried on Vivan Bhatena, Vikas Verma, Zakir Khan and Manoj Joshi is negligible which makes Judwaa 2 even more traumatizing at times.


Both the halves follow a similar tone with few giggles, forced upon chase scenes, action and meaningless scenes which shelve the film into the famous “No Brainer Comedy” genre of Bollywood. The second half does not bother much in rectifying the flaws. The train aimlessly moves towards the last station of this journey as we even see the acting quality take a dip. Music and cinematography are other unwanted burdens on the film which fails to find its course in a 150-minute running time.


The only good part about Judwaa 2 is that it helped me cash on the nostalgia of the earlier film but if we compare, the current version is no patch on the Judwaa I cherish. The only scene that managed to get some hoots and whistles was the one with Salman’s cameo as bhai takes a shot at promoting the film. Apart from a few moments of recollection, Judwaa 2 has nothing much to offer and can be neglected.

Shraddha Kapoor’s prosthetics and poker face are the only convincing thing in Haseena Parkar

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Sleeper Chaircar journey (1.5/5)

Starring: Shraddha Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor, Sunil Upadhyay, Ankur Bhatia

Director: Apoorva Lakhia

The gangster genre has been the in thing for quite some time with Bollywood. With Arun Gawli’s biopic, Daddy hitting theatres earlier this month, Bollywood’s underworld characters have been quite in the limelight. While Daddy was a one-man show driven by Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor’s Haseena Parkar, even fails to cash on its protagonist, leave alone the story and supporting cast.


Being in the buzz for quite some time, there is no question regarding the expectations from the gangster biopic. Apoorva Lakhia, takes you through this journey in a flashback mode which continues in the backdrop of a raw, meatless and deprived of taste court case. The journey across the underworld of Mumbai begins with a subtle yet power packed entry of Shraddha as Haseena, but the courtroom dramatics take no time to shift focus to their abysmal arguments and saltless screenplay. Every scene seems meaninglessly added as continuous flashbacks marr the momentum of the film which was pretty much going nowhere.


To add to the soaring displeasure, Haseena Parkar’s marriage and love life are also equally tasteless and added just for the sake of it. The first half of Haseena Parkar shuffles around its characters way too much and its quite evident that they are unable to cope with the pressure, hence bringing the film down to a terrible low at the halfway mark. I would take a moment to figure how does Apoorva Lakhia come down from Shootout at Lokhandwala to something like this.


After a punishing first half and with quite a lot already going to dust with this journey, the film suddenly starts focusing on moments and events rather than its characters in the second half. I would not say that the shift guides the film to success but definitely helped me sit through the rest of the film. Lakhia, sheds light upon the killings of Sabbir Kaskar, the Pathan’s, Haseena’s husband, Babri Masjid demolition, Mumbai riots and 93 blasts that at least guide the film to a sensible end. The film does well in aligning the events that shaped Haseena and the Mumbai underworld but once again miserably falters in depicting them on the celluloid. There were scenes of the truce of the Kaskar brothers with the Pathan’s and the killing of Sabbir Kaskar that could have been done with much more style, intent and perfection.


Music of the film is pretty much like the script and screenplay, a no-show; the film could have done without it. Acting skills are again a debatable state of affairs. Just like their characters, Shraddha and Siddhanth step up their level while playing the later days of their real-life characters, while their younger versions are naive and spineless. The courtroom drama lacks everything you need in one as even the momentary comedy seems apologetic.


The journey finally ends with an impacting speech from Shraddha Kapoor but it comes after the battle is completely lost. Haseena Parkar is the perfect example of purposeless cinema that only aims at making the celluloid look glossy. To sum it up, apart from the prosthetics of the characters and the scene setting, Haseena Parkar has nothing much to offer to anyone.

The Farhan Akhtar lead Lucknow Central is another feather in Bollywood’s real life adaptations

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Second AC Chaircar journey (3.5/5)

Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Gippy Grewal, Diana Penty, Deepak Dobriyal, Rajesh Sharma, Inamulhaq, Ravi Kishan, Ronit Roy

Director: Ranjit Tiwari

The story of 5 prisoners who plan a prison escape in the backdrop of a band performance was an idea that needed sheer diligence and character to be carried out. Revealing the most of itself in the trailer, Lucknow Central’s story does not come as a surprise, but the articulate direction, perfection in acting, well lined up chain of events and the music that binds the film together left me impressed.


What begins on a shaky wicket with an out of sorts small town struggling singer quite easily speeds into its second gear with a rather early and weakly presented inciting incident. A fairly large majority film revolves in the jail campus of Lucknow Central,  which is often personified as a person and given the beginning, it seems the makers were in dire urge of shifting focus to the prison. The good part of this speedy transformation is that it quickly helped me shift focus from the crooked start and conveniently aligned events. As the journey gets into its jail phase director Ranjit Tiwari slows down the accelerator as we see more attention to detail and a very well directed entry of supporting characters. Starting from Ronit Roy to Gippy Grewal and Diana Penty, the writer cum director Ranjit Tiwari nurture his film’s course with meaningful sub plots and challenging dilemmas. WIthin no time, the journey gains momentum and starts to flow under the control of the director and his characters.


With a splendid combination of plots and sub plots, the film gives due attention to its characters and their on screen portrayal. From the leading man, Farhan Akhtar to every supporting character the load is equally shared and carried by the cast members of the film. Lucknow Central may not exceed certain aspects of Bollywood films, but, certainly, keeps in line with the high standards of film making followed in the industry. The second half of the film carries forward the good work of the first as the attentions shifts to the evolving sub plot characters of Panditji (Rajesh Sharma), Paali (Gippy Grewal), Dikkat (Inamulhaq) and Victor (Deepak Dobriyal) with the story already having a steady growth in the rear.


As we near the moment of deliverance, the film ties all ends up with the characters and the story reaching their ultimate goal. On one hand, we see the protagonist fulfilling his ambition of creating a band while Ravi Kishan, playing the Chief Minister of U.P. gets his desire of a band performance in Lucknow Central accomplished. Due credit needs to be given to the cinematographer for giving his best shot at covering the city of Lucknow followed by weighty camera shots as per the scene’s demand.


What started off with a song depicting freedom and struggles of an aspiring singer ends with another impacting musical performance from Farhan and his band of prisoners, keeping the film critic’s equation well in balance. The director takes the last few minutes to close all loops and ensures the wrongs are undone as Lucknow Central ends its journey on a soaring note with entertainment written all over it.


Arjun Rampal’s persona as Arun Gawli is dazzling but unfortunately Daddy does not entirely cash in on it

The Cinema Station’s Rating: Third AC journey (2.75/5)

Starring: Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rajesh, Rajesh Shringarpure, Anand Ingale, Nishikant Kamat

Director: Ashim Ahluwalia

The Indian film industry, over the years, has continued to shed light upon some of the darkest, most notorious and petrifying characters of the Indian mafia. Whether it be the flamboyant and charismatic Sultan Mirza of Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, the many stylish and deadly faces of Dawood in films like D-Day or the cool, composite and stealthy Ramadhir Singh of Gangs of Wasseypur, Bollywood somehow manages to do justice to their characters that evolve out of the stories of real life gangsters. Ashim Ahluwalia’s portrait of Arun Gawli is dark and engrossing but suffers from some directorial and editing casualties in its 140-minute long run.

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What kicks off in the streets of Dagdi Chawl in 1976, soon begins to take shape around the evolution of the BRA gang and the metamorphosis of Arun Gawli, the protagonist, into a gangster from an average mill worker who loses his job. Just like every Bollywood-gangster film, Daddy also builds upon the hardships of Arun during his early days and how circumstances force him into partnering Babu Reshim and Rama Naik in their unscrupulous activities. Yes, it matches the tonality of others in the genre, but Daddy adds the unique touch to it. The time, locations, costumes and above all, the characters add a tangible and believable aura to the film. The first half gets almost all aspects of a Mumbai based gangster right; from the chawls and slum style life to the encounter with Dawood followed by shootouts and chase scenes, everything is done justice to.


Daddy follows a pretty simplistic and already explored story line but with a sensational protagonist at the helm of things. Gawli’s character is completely nailed by Arjun Rampal. From the prosthetics to the accent and the makeup, Arjun Rampal is without a doubt the best thing Daddy has. Music of the 80’s and effecient supporting cast members play their part in the transformation of Arun to Daddy, but after a rather eventful first half things start to get a little dull and dark in the second part of the journey. With Gawli reaching his peak as the leader of the BRA gang, Ashim Ahluwalia’s film tends to solely rely on Rampal’s on-screen persona.


Another feather in the cap for Daddy is that it keeps facts and figures in check. The film is well researched and ensures the chronology of events is not tampered with. As we near the end, the film successfully exits its temporary monotony as Arun Gawli enters into politics. From this juncture, the film sprints towards the end, giving a very high level view of Gawli’s career as a politician.


It’s well finished by a bold and touting speech by Rampal as we see Gawli being sentenced for life. Despite some of its flaws, Daddy ended it up impressing me. It could be because it does not conveniently tamper with facts or even because of the relentless efforts put into making this film given the innumerable challenges faced by the production unit. Summing it up, I’d say Daddy is watchable if you enjoy dark and treacherous hindi cinema, Daddy fits your genre.


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