Thackeray trailer dropped yesterday and it is trending already. The founder of Shiv Sena, Balasaheb Thackeray’s biopic starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role unfolded the much-awaited captivating trailer on Wednesday. Nawaz’s look as Thackeray had been doing rounds on the internet since a couple of months now but this almost 3-minute trailer left a really impactful first impression of what is going to come in the movie.
He shared the trailer on Twitter and tweeted:
“Unfolding the real story of Balasaheb Thackeray’s courage, wisdom, and indomitable truth. The tiger, who was known for fearing none!”
Nawaz has recently become this flag bearer of controversial cinema. He dares to dive in the controversial, grey characters which “heroes” prefer to stay away from and comes out of them with performances none can ignore. And the good part is that not just the critics but the audience, in general, has welcomed him with open hearts and arms.
Biopics are the money ringers these days and every two months, we have Bollywood serving us with a new biopic and this time, it is of Late Bal Thackeray, an Indian politician, a right-wing Marathi who began his career as a cartoonist but left it to form his own political party, Shiv Sena in 1960. The movie is directed by Abhijit Panse with Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha lawmaker Sanjay Raut co-producing the movie along with Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Carnival Motion Pictures.
Nawaz in an interview shared how he himself is obliged to be a part of such a film. He said,
“More than myself, I appreciate Shiv Sena that they approached me for the role. That’s a huge thing. I am just an actor. I will anyway sit down with my director to come up with the best outcome but it is a huge deal that these people thought of me in the first place.”
“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.”
When asked about being compared with Amitabh Bachchan’s in Sarkar, he said,
“Nobody overshadows anyone. Everyone has a different personality. Looks can be taken care by the make-up artists but the real challenge is to have the same mannerisms and thought process.” Talking about the references, the actor said, “It was difficult task to portray Bal Thackeray since he is probably the leader whose speeches are conversational and just like Balasaheb was controversial, but his thoughts gave direction to the country, the movie on Balasaheb too will be like that. We will show what he was like. This is not a love story. There will be no cuts or changes.”
On one hand, the trailer is being lauded by fans and on the other, Central Board of Film Certification has already objected to certain dialogues (spoken against South Indians) and references (read Babri Masjid) in the trailer which we guess the makers were already aware of. This is the reason why Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader who has written the dialogues has denied making any changes in the movie.
We just hope this does not lead to any violence or riots in the country as it happened with Padmaavat earlier this year. The movie is all set to hit the theatres on 25th January 2019 along with Kangana Ranaut starrer Queen of Jhansi.