Glad Gawli and his family liked ‘Daddy’ on seeing it, says actor Arjun Rampal

Actor Arjun Rampal, whose film Daddy is based on the life of Arun Gawli, said the movie is not an attempt to glorify the life of the gangster-turned-politician. The 44-year-old actor insisted that it should be left to the audience to form an opinion about Gawli after watching the biopic, directed by Ashim Ahluwalia.

“He has so many layers in life and they are so intriguing. It’s not that we are making a propaganda film about him… The audience needs to make an opinion about him,” Arjun told PTI.

Arjun recently released the trailer for Daddy and said he was happy that Gawli and his family have liked the movie. “When he (Arun Gawli) was out on parole he saw the film and he really liked it. It’s a hard-hitting film so he was like ‘zyada hogaya’ (too much). He is happy and even the family is happy. They have seen the reaction to the trailer and they have more faith in the project,” Arjun said.

The actor said he is not glorifying Gawli on screen and is presenting his life story the way it is. “Ashim Ahluwalia wanted to say something strong and poignant through Daddy. It is not siding with anybody, it is not about glamouring someone but showing the realism of that world and bringing it out to people.”

“Any film is a gamble or risk. You don’t know what film is what. Like Neerja is a biopic on an air hostess. Who would have thought that it will work? Every film is a risk as the idea or story might sound interesting but it can either go right or wrong,” he said.

The crime drama is set to release on July 21.