Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's realistic depictions of the underdog in his films has earned him national as well as international laurels. The actor shot to fame with the role of Faizal Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur and hasn’t looked back ever since. If all goes as planned, Nawaz’s career is set to take a drastic turn. If a report in DNA is to be believed, Nawaz might play Shiv Sena-founder Bal Thackeray in the politician’s biopic.
It will be interesting to see the Thackeray family’s reaction to the decision to pick Nawaz given that the actor is a Muslim from Uttar Pradesh. Nawaz, however, has not commented on the news and has directed to wait for the official announcement.
When DNA contacted Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, who is producing the biopic under ‘Raut’ers Entertainment, the MP laughed-off the question of Nawaz playing the part of Thackeray. He told DNA, “Come to the first-look launch and all will be revealed.”
Raut, who is also Shiv Sena’s spokesperson, has scripted the story. “As someone who spent a lot of time with Balasaheb I know there is so much in his life that lends itself to the big screen. Balasaheb was a mass leader and I want this to be a mainstream popular film which will strike a chord with all those who know about him and his struggle. I've tried to be as true to the subject as cinematically possible without any interference from anyone, including the Thackeray family,” he told DNA.
The MP also said that he was inspired by Richard Attenborough's Gandhi and Justin Chadwick's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.Read More