Name of the film: Dagadi Chaawl
Date of Release: 2 October, 2015
Artistes: Ankush Chaudhari, Pooja Sawant, Makarand Deshpande, Sanjay Khapre, Kamlesh Sawant, Yatin Karyekar
Director: Chandrakant Kanse
Producer: Mangl Murti Films and Sai Pooja Entertaintment & Films
Music: Amit Raj (Both Songs)
Lyrics: Manndar Cholkar ( Morya ) Kshitij Patwardhan (Dhaga Dhaga)
Playback: Adarsh Shinde (Morya)
Having seen so many crime-based films on Gangsters and their gang wars, here comes one more addition to the list in the form of ‘Dagadi Chaawl’. The name of the film itself suggests the residential building in central Mumbai, infamous for nefarious activities during the 90’s. The story of this film revolves around Surya (Ankush Choudhary), who doesn’t live in Dagadi Chaawl but gets connected to this place because of an incident in his life. Surya is in love with Sonal (Pooja Sawant), a girl living in his chaawl and wants to marry her. One day some notorious boys come to Surya’s garage and they try to molest Sonal. Furious, Surya beats them up. His close friend tells him that the goons belong to Dagadi Chaawl and that’s how ‘Daddy’, the warlord of the area comes into the picture. How Surya deals with his tryst with the mafia forms the focus of this film.
Though the film is promoted as a love story, most of the film is about street fights. There is very little of love but whatever is presented is good. Pooja looks good in this role and Ankush Choudhary has put all his heart into this role. After a long time, he has found a dashing role of a young man to suit his personality. In the role of ‘Daddy’, Makarand Deshpande seems a perfect choice. He has performed his part very skillfully, with his sharp expressions and style of delivering the dialogues.
Good support comes from Sanjay Khapre, Yatin Karyekar and Kamlesh Sawant. The presentation part of the film is very good, for which director Chandrakant Kanse deserves all the credit. Photography and art direction is worth appreciation. Music doesn’t have much scope, but the one song on Ganapati is good.
The film does have some weaknesses, as it has a look of a typical mafia-style film of Bollywood in the 90’s. The film concludes with a fairly predictable ending, but does leave the viewer with a hint that a sequel may be on the cards.