on September 8th—by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/5/17 – United States based South Asian conglomerate 8K Miles Media Group has signed an exclusive theatrical distribution deal for the North American market with actor/producer Arjun Rampal for the feature film DADDY based on the true story of gangster turned politician Arun Gawli. The announcement was made today by Prashant Shah, President of 8K Miles Media Group.
The biopic starring Arjun Rampal in the lead role will be released worldwide on September 8th, 2017 on over 1100 screens, including 60 screens across the United States and Canada. DADDY will open in major North American cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Atlanta, Toronto, and Vancouver, as well as worldwide in London, Dubai, Melbourne, and Sydney.
Arjun Rampal’s inspiration to make the film stemmed from the worldwide popularity of the TV series NARCOS about Mexican drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, which resonated immensely with audiences in India. Rampal’s realistic and gritty portrayal of Arun Gawli has been compared to Wagner Moura’s critically-acclaimed performance as Pablo Escobar.
“The similarities and parallels between the true-life stories of these two extremely controversial figures were very interesting to me,” comments Rampal, who also co-wrote the script. “The TV series NARCOS was extremely popular with Indian audiences. It inspired me to bring the real-life story of one of the most feared criminals from the Mumbai underworld to the big screen.”
Shah adds, “We believe the Bollywood film DADDY has great potential to achieve major success in the North American box office owing both to the subject matter and the popularity of the biopic genre. At a time when filmmakers are pushing the envelope to meet the hunger of audiences craving original content, DADDY is the perfect vehicle to fill the vacuum created by NARCOS.”
From the rough streets and back alleys of Mumbai comes the sensational true story of Arun Gawli, a man who scripted his own destiny, eventually going on to become one of India’s most renowned gangsters. Today, Gawli remains an enigmatic and complex figure: both the volatile, power-hungry criminal and the respected “Daddy” or modern day Robin Hood for the working-class factory neighborhood to which he belonged. An unfolding jigsaw puzzle told from different points of view spanning over four decades, DADDY provides an unforgettable look into the Mumbai underworld.
The film, directed and co-written by Cannes Film Festival nominee (“Miss Lovely” Un Certain Regard, 2012), boasts an all-star cast including Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rajesh, Nishikant Kamat, Anand Ingale, Rajesh Shringarpore, and Purnanand Wandekar. Award-winning Canadian cinematographer Jessica Lee Gagné and editor Deepa Bhatia also worked on the film.
Link to trailer:https://youtu.be/8Cl75MXXmuE
8K Miles Media Group is the largest South Asian media conglomerate based in the United States that has consolidated media properties and provides high-quality, original and syndicated content through a combination of traditional and new media platforms, including print, broadcast, radio, and digital. Serving South Asians across the United States, 8K Miles Media Group owns a chain of movie theatres in the USA and has launched a content production studio.
Headquartered in New Jersey with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, 8K Miles Media Group operates in multiple languages, reaching close to five million South Asians in the U.S.A. Its global initiatives will enable it to reach all South Asians across the world.
8K Miles Media Group is not a public company. For more information, please visit http://www.8kmilesmedia .com