Mumbai: The biopic on Bal Thackeray (Thackeray) is one of the most anticipated films yet. Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be seen playing the role of late Bal Thackeray in his biopic.
After seeing the teaser of Thackeray, everyone wants to know how the actor will be able to act and speak like the popular Shiv Sena supremo.
The film will showcase many aspects of Bal Thackeray’s life, including 1993 Mumbai Riots.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut initiating the biopic of one of the most popular politicians, Balasaheb Thackeray.
The film was announced last year in December.
Thackeray began his professional career as a cartoonist with the English language daily The Free Press Journal in Mumbai but left it in 1960 to form his own political weekly Marmik.
In 1966, Thackeray formed the Shiv Sena party to advocate for the interests of Maharashtrians in Mumbai’s political and professional landscape.
Siddiqui made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in the Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh. Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic Gangs of Wasseypur followed, which furthered his fame.
In 2015, Siddiqui’s films Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manjhi – The Mountain Man were released, and he was praised for his roles.
Director Abhijit said, “It is a full-fledged commercial film which will be shot at approximately 108 locations, including the Lucknow Court that Balasaheb Thackeray visited during the Babri Masjid demolition hearing.”
He further stated that many scenes will be shot inside and around Matoshree as well, the late Shiv Sena leader’s Mumbai residence.
In Mumbai Riots 1993, around 900 people died. The riots were mainly due to escalations of hostilities after large-scale protests by Muslims in reaction to the 1992 Babri Masjid Demolition by Hindu Karsevaks in Ayodhya.
Thackeray took stances viewed as anti-Muslim and based on Hindutva. The SS later allied itself with BJP. The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won the 1995 Maharashtra State Assembly elections and was in power from 1995 to 1999.
The film will release in Hindi-Marathi and also be dubbed in English and will be released on Balasaheb Thackeray’s 93rd birth anniversary on 23 January 2019.