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|“||If you ever take my place, if you ever think you can become bigger than Dawood Rangan, you're in for a world of hurt.||„|
|~ Dawood Rangan's inflated ego.|
Dawood Rangan is a minor antagonist in HITMAN 2 (2018), appearing as one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Vanya Shah) and one of the three targets of the latter's fourth story mission "Chasing a Ghost".
Dawood was one of the highest ranking pirates in the Maelstrom's crew, boarding powerful ships and robbing them blind. He was also running a Bollywood studio, which he used for his illegal activities like laundering money and running gambling rings.
While his films were moderately successful, Dawood constantly sabotaged his own productions to claim insurance money and cheat his employees out of their pay. He also used his power to blackmail women into doing things like making out with him on set (and possibly more disturbing things off film) and threatening to ruin their careers if they refused.
Due to a failed pirate raid which lead to the destruction of the Maelstrom's crew, Dawood returned to filming his movies and continuing his illegal activities, using his criminal connections to stay above the law. His rivalry with Vanya Shah, his former crewmate, became so extreme that both pirates planned to murder one another.
Dawood is narcissistic, abusive, obnoxious, lecherous, and short-tempered, constantly sabotaging film shoots so the crew can stroke his ego, or threatening to murder people for petty things like refusing to kiss him or being more famous than him. He is also extremely cheap, trying to pay an artist in exposure even though he is a multimillionaire.
Dawood's ego is so tremendous that even the smallest criticism of him causes him to fly off the handle. His ego is also shown by his tower being covered in self portraits. He also is cruel, taunting one of his guards for losing money on a game that Dawood rigged.
Dawood seems to be unpopular, as evidenced by if he is murdered by a malfunctioning fan, in which his crew celebrate his demise and make jokes about his sudden death. Those who do respect him respect him for his work, and utterly loathe him as an individual. He is incapable of recognizing the needs of anyone other than him and only shows respect to the Maelstrom, although this is purely because the Maelstrom enables him to do whatever he wants.