Since Nawazuddin starrer biopic, Thackeray is surrounded by many controversies regarding its release date, Amrita Rao and Nawasuddin Siddiqui cleared that their upcoming movie ‘Thackeray’, which is based on the life of “Balasaheb Thackeray” has no political agenda. In an interview with ANI, Nawaz, playing the role of Bal Thackeray in the film and Amrita Rao will be seen as his wife, “Mina Thackeray”, refused the claims made on the film that it has been made for political benefits before the upcoming elections.
Rao clarified the real reason behind choosing January as the release month of the film was just the birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray, that is on 23rd January. She declared,
“From the very starting, we were told by the filmmakers that this film has to come out on his birthday because that would make his fans and followers very happy.”
‘Thackeray’ is directed by Abhijeet Panse and is loosely based on Bal Thackeray’s life and his transformation from being a cartoonist to becoming India’s one of the most powerful and respected politicians. When asked about the preparation of his role as Bal Thackeray, Siddiqui asserted that there were many videos on the internet that really helped him in his research but Sanjay Raut was the fundamental source of information. He told to the media persons,
“Thousands of videos of Balasaheb are available on the internet. But apart from that, Sanjay Raut was a great source of information since he has spent a lot of time with Balasaheb and knows many intricate details about his life.”
On the other side of the bridge is Amrita Rao, who is playing the role of Mina Thackeray, wife of Bal Thackeray. She shared her preparations for her role and said that it was really tough for her to discover a “reference point to understand the character of Mina Tai” as she never became a part of the limelight and never interacted with media directly. Amrita asserted,
“But I was lucky that I found an interview of Balasaheb’s sister Sanjeevani Karandikar and in that interview Sanjeevani briefly mentions Mina Tai. Apart from that, I used her photographs to understand her expressions and mannerisms. And that’s how I developed that character. “
While an exclusive interview with Pink villa, when Rao was asked about her first reaction on getting the role, she shared her feelings and said,
“When I got to know that I was playing Mina Tai’s role, I was like ‘Ok Thank you so much’ because it was more like a compliment paid to me, it was an honour actually when the makers told me that Mina Tai had a pure and a pious image and because you have the same persona because of the roles that you have played and hence, only you and no one else for Mina Tai, so I thought that was an overwhelming compliment.”
‘Thackeray’ is all set to hit the theaters on 23rd January 2019 on the 93rd birth date anniversary of late Shiv Sena leader. The official trailer of the film was released on 26th December 2018 and since then, people are really excited about this film for obvious reasons; first, this movie is all about one of the greatest legends our nation had and second, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was looking exactly like Balasaheb Thackeray in the trailer, so how will he perform Thackeray’s role is creating a buzz all over the nation.