Bal Keshav Thackeray aka Balasaheb Thackeray is known as a fiery right wing leader of Maharashtra. A cartoonist by profession, Thackeray formed one of the biggest political parties in India – Shiv Sena. The pipe-smoking self-styled Hindu hriday samrat (‘emperor of Hindu hearts’) was born on January 23, 1926 in Pune. He championed the cause of aggressive Hindutva and targeted Muslims for their alleged anti- Hindu mindset. Thackeray began his professional career as a cartoonist with the Free Press Popular Journal, where he worked with the likes of R.K. Laxman. In 1960, he quit and started a weekly, Marmik, even before the Sena was formed.
Bal Thackeray, who took up the cause of Marathi-speaking youth, could bring Mumbai and the entire State of Maharashtra to a standstill by a single command. Later in its history, the Sena had constituted itself as a self-appointed culture police later in its history and targeted Valentine’s Day celebrations, Pakistani artists and writers, among others. He also afforded protection and support to individuals and almost entire film fraternity paid obeisance to him at his residence at crucial moments in their career. He died on November 17, 2012, at the age of 86.
In an upcoming biopic titled ‘Thackeray,’ Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to play late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. The teaser for Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s upcoming biopic is out and the movie, directed by Abhijit Panse, will be released on January 23, 2019.
Looking at the teaser, it is quite clear that Siddiqui will do justice in bringing the political legend on screen. Moreover, Siddiqui structure also resembles with Bal Thackeray. Before Siddiqui, Akshay Kumar and Irrfan Khan were also being considered for the part.
It’s an honour and pride to portray the Real King of the Country on Screen.
Here comes the TEASER of #Thackeray
Hearty Thanx to Shri @uddhavthackeray Sir, Shri @rautsanjay61, Shri @SrBachchan Sir and Abhijit Pansehttps://t.co/cYHRUkdJEu
— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) December 21, 2017
According to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, the life and times of Balasaheb was about making the common man a hero – (but) boosting confidence and strengthening the common man. He said his father disfavoured writing an autobiography and said he would prefer to be on field rather in books.
— Hrithik A Ojha (@ojhahrithik24) December 21, 2017
The movie will be made in Hindi and Marathi. Speaking at the launch, Raut said the film will be ready for a worldwide release in 2019 and aim for the Oscars like “Gandhi.”