Bollywood has always been fascinated with the underworld. Several films have been made in the tinsel town pertaining to the mafia. There is something about a gangster’s life that intrigues audience and filmmakers. People are always eager to know about the lives of gangsters their background and what prompted them to join underworld. Some of the films which are made on underworld include Agneepath, Company, Gangster, Satya, Don 2, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Shootout at Wadala. Films have been made on the lives of Dawood Ibrahim, Abu Salem, Chota Rajan, Manya Surve and many others.
The latest film to join this list includes Daddy which is based on the life of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli. Actor Arjun Rampal will be playing the lead role in the film. The film is directed by Gaurav Bavdankar and produced by Mandar Dalvi. Geeta Gawli daughter of Arun Gawli and corporator of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation said that positive aspects of her father will be highlighted in the film and it will receive good response from the audience.
AV spoke to Geeta Gawli to know about her views pertaining to the content of the film she replied, “Yes the contents of the movie were discussed with us and we agree to it.”
When asked whether Arun Gawli’s image will be affected due to any negative aspects in the movie as he is being considered as messiah in the Dagdi chawl Geeta answered, “The real story of my father will be shown in a cinematic manner. The film’s content will not deviate from the facts.”
When asked whether she thinks that incidents shown in the film will have an impact on the cases filed against Arun Gawli, Geeta replied, “Daddy has been cleared of some charges and my father’s actual life will be shown with more emphasis on the positive aspects of his life. Let’s hope that the movie gets a positive response from the audience.”
“To portray Arun Gawli in the film, I will have to lose weight. I will definitely have to get that physicality,” said Arjun Rampal.
Elaborating on the preparations for the role in Daddy, Arjun said: “When you are bestowed with such a responsibility to portray such a role, you have to delve deeply into it. You have to understand that person, his personality and everything so that you are able to do justice to the character on the screen.”
“So, I will have to do a lot of homework for my character. I do have some information with me and I do read it,” he added.
The film had gone on floor last year when Arun Gawli who has been convicted for murder and imprisoned for life, came out of the prison for an annual medical check-up. Two maiden production houses, Pentagram film Pvt Ltd and Sunil Mane Entertainment Pvt Ltd have joined hands to make this biopic on Gawli’s life.
Director Gaurav Bavdankar, a UK-based film-maker whose work includes ad films, music videos and corporate videos, said, “A lot of hard work has gone into the project with three years of research on the biopic and “now we are finally commencing the project.”
Arjun Rampal he has been summoned by the Mumbai police for having met underworld gangster Arun Gawli. Reports further suggest that Rampal visited the gangster last month at JJ hospital where Gawli was brought for routine check-up and was in judicial custody at that time.
The 42-year-old actor apparently did not have the permission to meet Gawli and will be questioned for meeting him without taking prior approval by the authorities. The gangster is serving his sentence in jail for murdering corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar in the year 2008.