A film based on the life of Balasaheb Thackeray is being launched on 21 December in Mumbai. Terming Bal Thackeray as “an unparalleled leader of the masses. The biopic is being produced by Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, under the banner ‘Raut’ers Entertainment’, with Uddhav Thackeray’s blessings. The biopic stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role and will be directed by Abhijit Panse.
Speaking at the launch of a teaser of a film on Balasaheb Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray said making a movie on his father was difficult because it would not have a hero or a heroine. The upcoming movie has been titled ‘Thackeray’. Amitabh Bachchan, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut attended the glittering launch function here on Thursday evening.
“It’s truly a great day for me. I am fortunate to have got an opportunity to enact the role of such a great personality which any actor in the world would love to do. I am sure Balasaheb will inspire and bless me in this venture,” said Nawazuddin. Leaked pictures of the screen test show Nawazuddin Siddiqui perfectly replicating the late leader’s look. Today, as the teaser was released, everyone acknowledged that Mr Siddiqui has definitely got the look of Bal Thackeray right.
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Bal Thackeray’s grandson Aaditya Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena’s youth wing Yuva Sena, told reporters, “I had goosebumps when I saw the trailer. I cannot describe the relationship I had with him. He was a father figure not just to us, but millions across the state.”
The film is slated to release on 23 jan 2019.