Arjun Rampal will be seen playing the famous gangster-turned-politician, Arun Gawli in Ashim Ahluwalia’s Daddy. While Gawli has many facets, he is considered as a Robinhood by the residents of his neighborhood, Dagdi Chawl who lovingly call him ‘Daddy’.
Arjun Kapoor shared the incident where he first met Arjun Gawli. So while shooting the film, the actor had met up with Gawli and what ensued thereafter is a chilling story with an ending which will make you smile.
Arjun narrates the incident saying, “When we started shooting the film, we didn’t have the rights. We didn’t have it signed. We got the set up. On the last day of shooting I get a call saying that Daddy is out and he wants to meet me. And I was like, ‘Oh damn! OK, now what!’ He said, ‘Arey Arjun kaisa hai,’ I said, ‘Main theek hu Daddy aap kaise ho.’ He says, ‘Haan maine suna tu picture chalu kiya.’” You have to listen to the whole conversation to know how Arjun convinced Gawli to sign the rights to make a film on him. Watch the video:
Arjun is quick to clarify that Gawli never wanted his portrayal to be heroic or glamorous. “When I met Arun briefly after he was out on parole, he told me don’t portray me like a hero. That is not what I want. What I have done is done. I have served my time and punishment for it,” revealed Arjun.
While Gawli’s name is enough to send shivers down the spine of many even today, Arjun found him to be a soft-spoken and polite man in real life. “Everyone has a different opinion about him. The public has an opinion, police have an opinion, the government has an opinion. I found him to be a very normal and soft-spoken man which an exact antithesis of everything anybody else was saying about him. He was very well-mannered. I found him to be a simple and endearing person. ”
Sharing what he learnt from Gawli’s life, Arjun said, “I have learnt a lot about circumstances and what it can do to individuals and how lucky certain people while some are unlucky.”
Daddy is political crime drama film co-written and directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. The film stars Arjun Rampal, who also co-wrote the film, portraying gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli. It is presented by Kundalini Entertainment and Karta Entertainment. This flick also stars Farhan Akhtar in a key role.
The film, which had an initial release date of July 21, will now be released in September, because of an appeal that took everyone by surprise. Geeta Gawli, the daughter of gangster-politician Arun Gawli, on whom the film is based, met Arjun and requested him to push the release of the film to a time when her father will be out on parole.
Th film is now all set to release on September 8