I’m one of those kinds who doesn’t talk a single word during movies, even average ones. And the friend I went with for Daddy, is worse. She seems to not even breathe, she’s so much into the film. But yesterday, while watching Daddy, we found ourselves talking to each other about other petty things, making after movie plans and discussing people. But before you blame us, watch this incredibly slow movie, that heads nowhere.
The story is about real life gangster turned politician Arun Gawli played by Arjun Rampal. It’s about his tryst with the underworld and how and why he gets out of it, only to join politics, a very similar world.
Arjun Rampal plays the titular character and he gets most of it on point. The Marathi accent, the body language, dialogue delivery, all are good, but what’s with the extra mumbling? There were so many dialogues I didn’t understand. But that’s not so bad, till you hear Farhan Akhtar mumble. Now they say Akhtar has a cameo in the film, NO. He’s occupies as much screen time as would a supporting character, or even a second hero, just that he’s the antagonist. Nishikant Kamat as the cop is interesting though, but how far do you take a performance alone, when you’re handed over a weak script?
The worst part about Daddy is the narrative. It switched from the 1970-80s to 2012 by a way of change of clothes. No one gets older even a day but the narrative keeps switching abruptly. The scenes shot well, but they are loooonnnggg (yes). Particular scenes that could have ended in a minute or so, last for five. And what I didn’t understand at all was that Arjun Rampal doesn’t age a day, but his daughter goes from being an infant, to a child and to a full fledged adult. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
All in all, forced item numbers and Ganapathi songs are a part of this slow narrative but even they seem like a relief amidst this mess of a film.
If I had to rate the film, was Arjun Rampal not getting any work, that he had to write and produce this film also?