Nawazuddin Siddique to play popular Marathi politician Bal Thackeray in the upcoming biopic. Balasaheb Thackeray was the leader of Maharashtra based political organization MNS. It will be the first time that anyone will be playing Thackeray on-screen and also Nawaz essaying a real-life character. Ram Gopal Varma has based Amitabh Bachchan’s character in Sarkar on Bal Thackeray but it was not official. Bal Thackeray’s demise took place in 2012 but still he remains one of the most controversial figure in the history of Indian politics. Before Nawaz, it was in the air supply that Ajay Devgn will portray the character but in surprising turn of events Thackeray family hired a man from Bihar to essay Balasaheb.
MNS has known to be quite politically radical towards Bihari migrants in Maharashtra especially Mumbai and now one of those migrant is portraying the character of their supreme leader. It takes a talent like Nawaz to turn things around and also his uncanny resemblance with Thackeray with the help of a prosthetic nose. Film will be partly in Marathi but mostly in Hindi as the makers are looking for a pan India audience for the film. Abhijeet Panse, who is a one film old Marathi director will direct this biopic.
Earlier he has directed a Marathi film Rege starring Mahesh Manjrekar which is political in nature. Teaser of the film was release in a grand event yesterday in Mumbai. MNS leader Uddhav Thackeray and Amitabh Bachchan were present in the event to lend their support to the film. Nawazuddin Siddique could not join the event as he is shooting in Mauritius and addressed the media with a pre-recorded video message. As the teaser suggests that scope of the film is very high budget and the film will cover most of Balasaheb’s life. It would be undoubtedly be the biggest film of Nawaz’s career as the leading in a film. The release date of the film is slated to be on 23 January, 2019 worldwide.