This film is a bio-pic of the dreaded don Arun Gawli who rules the crime scene from his fortress Dagdi Chawl. The film is narrated through the view of a daring police inspector (Nishikant Kamath) and the writer and the director seem to be influenced by films like Scarface, Once Upon A Time in America, Good Fellas, Pulp Fiction and the Godfather series and Arjun Rampal plays the don with a tribute to Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront. The influence of Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Brian De Palma , Oliver Stone and Tarantino seems unmistakable. Gawli (Arjun Rampal) and his two aides Babu Reshim (Anand Ingle) and Rama Nayak ( Rajesh Shringarpure) start as sreet smart goons but later become sharp shooters for the biggest Don Maqsood (Farhan Akhtar) and they start working for him but later branch out on their own and a gang war starts between the Dongri goons and the Agripada gangsters and Dagdi Chawl gang. Most of it is about bang bang stuff, hot girls, money, jail ,police and all which you have seen in many Sanjay Gupta films. The directors taking and his cinematographers inspired mood lighting and shot takings make the film viewable. Arjun Rampal is good as Arun Gawli, and he succeeds in making the Robin Hood character and the messiah of the poor a grey natured character. Farhan Akhtar seems mis-cast but does well. Anand Ingle, Nishikant Kamath, Rajesh Shringarpure, Srikant Yadav, Usha Naik, Hridaynath Rane, etc lend good support. Rajesh Aishwarya as Daddy Arjun Rampal’ s wife is very good. The music is good , especially the remixed song from the Mithun-Salma Agha starrer ‘Dance Dance’. The editing is non-linear but striking. Overall a good gangster drama.

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