Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be soon seen playing the role of late Bal Thackeray in his on-screen biopic titled Thackeray, which is a Hindi-Marathi bilingual. The film, which was announced last year in December, is yet to hit the floors as Nawazuddin has been undergoing diction and vocal training to perfect his portrayal of the Shiv Sena supremo. And now, according to a recent Mumbai Mirror report, the movie is all set to go on floors on March 25 and it has a release date too. The movie will reportedly hit the screens on Balasaheb Thackeray’s 93rd birth anniversary, which falls on January 23, 2019.
Reportedly, the film will be shot across several locations in Maharashtra which includes the late Shiv Sena head’s residence Matoshree as well. Talking about the movie, Sanjay Raut, the producer and writer of the film revealed to Mumbai Mirror, “It is a full-fledged commercial film which will be shot at approximately 108 locations, including the Lucknow Court that Balasaheb Thackeray visited during the Babri Masjid demolition hearing.”
Nawaz spoke about his character and told Mumbai Mirror, “Any actor would want to play him because of the legacy he left behind. I will need a minimum of 15 days to study the politician’s mannerisms and style.”The biopic will not only focus on Bal Thackeray’s political journey, but also trace his journey from a young Marathi ethnocentric cartoonist to the politician who changed the face of Maharashtra forever. The feature film will be directed by MNS leader Abhijeet Panse and will showcase many aspects of Bal Thackeray's life, including the 1993 Mumbai riots.