Panaji: The life of Balasaheb Thackeray was nothing less than a Bollywood film. While filmmakers have tried to capture the essence of Balasaheb in various films, most popular being Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkar, a biopic has never been made on his iconic personality.
The biopic stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role and will be directed by Abhijit Panse.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is portraying the role of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, said that it was necessary to master the ease and speed with which the leader delivered speeches.
“One of the important aspects of Balasaheb’s character was the ease and the speed of his public speeches. It is important for me to get this ease and speed,” Siddiqui said.
The actor, who is originally from Hindi speaking belt, said he is taking tuition to get his Marathi accent right.
“The film is being shot in Hindi and Marathi. Till a month ago, I could not speak Marathi but I have started taking tuition. The film’s shooting is expected to be wrapped up by June,” he said.
The project is produced by Sanjay Raut, Sena Rajya Sabha member and editor of the party magazine Saamana.
Sanjay Raut is penning the life of this iconic leader for a bilingual film, Thackeray. “Balasaheb Thackeray has given so much to the sons of the soil, to our State… to our country. The film aims to be fitting tribute, and is a magnum opus, a great biopic to suit his stature, the way he lived. The film will be shot in Marathi and Hindi and will be dubbed into English and various other languages worldwide,” added Raut.
An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Siddiqui’s breakthrough role was with Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday (2007), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Locarno Film Festival. He is a three-time nominee for Best Supporting Actor at the Filmfare Awards, winning for The Lunchbox.