What’s intriguing about playing Arun Gawli is the duality in his personality says Arjun Rampal

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Arjun Rampal has taken on the mantle of playing the real life don, Arun Gawli, in the upcoming biopic ‘Daddy’. After featuring in Sujoy Ghosh’s hard-hitting film ‘Kahaani 2’ a year ago, Arjun has once again opted for a narrative that hinges on realism. Ask him if he is drawn to these roles and the performing artist says, “I prefer realism unless it’s a fantasy film where one needs to make one’s own reality. In case of ‘Kahaani 2’, Sujoy was keen that I played the part with a certain air of lack of nonchalance. What’s intriguing about playing Arun Gawli is the duality in his personality. He was not referred to as bhai , don or ustaad . Rather, he was referred to as daddy — which reflects endearment. When I met the individuals who worked with him, they had a lot love and respect for him. And when I met Arun Gawli, I understood what makes him a an endearing man. He is gentle, polite and well-mannered. But, obviously there is something very dark in his personality as well. I needed to play the role as close to reality and then leave it to the audience to judge if he is a daddy or a gangster.”

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