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Thackeray teaser: Nawazuddin Siddiqui transforms into Bal Thackeray. Watch video

Nawazuddin Siddiqui captures the spirit of Bal Thackeray as he essays the Shiv Sena leader’s role in his biopic. Watch Thackeray teaser here.

bollywood Updated: Dec 22, 2017 11:37 IST
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of Bal Thackeray in the biopic, Thackeray.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of Bal Thackeray in the biopic, Thackeray.(IANS)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui can be a chameleon when it comes to his films. If he was Saadat Hasan Manto a few months back when the Nandita Das film’s first look landed, last night he transformed into Balasaheb Thackeray. The actor is playing the role of Shiv Sena leader in a biopic and his transformation is shocking.

The teaser of the film -- launched Thursday night -- captures the moments in Mumbai history which made Thackeray a national leader as well as the sway he held over the people of Maharashtra. The signature style of Thackeray has also been shown in the teaser. Starring Nawazuddin in the titular role, the biopic penned by Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, will be directed by Abhijit Panse.

Siddiqui said at the trailer launch that he is grateful for getting the opportunity to play the role of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray in a biopic, “It’s an important day for me today as the teaser of the film is launched. I have got the opportunity to play the role of great personality like him, I think any actor would have agreed to play his role.”

The teaser was launched here by superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, party leader Sanjay Raut and Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray during the launch function of Thackeray. (IANS)

\“I am thankful and grateful to Sanjay Raut, Uddhav Thackeray, Abhijit for the film and Bachchan sir for launching the teaser. I am sure Abhijit and we would take this biopic upto the mark,” Nawazuddin, who is shooting in Mauritius, said via video conference.

“Everyone would be thinking, how can I speak Marathi, let me tell you, Bal Thackeray sahab would be giving me inspiration and would be showering his blessings (on me) to play the part,” he said, in Marathi.

Bachchan said he was grateful for being invited for the teaser launch. He said a three-hour film will be too short to bring Thackeray’s illustrious life on-screen.

“I don’t think Balasaheb’s life can be shown in three hours. I wish there is a series made on him of three-four hours, for his personality, work, life is much beyond a film. I feel it should be shown in a web series of many episodes. I congratulate and wish Sanjay Raut the best for this film.

“If I am required for the film I would love to be part of it in any capacity. I will always be ready to contribute to this film, in every way possible,” Bachchan said.

Bachchan said he looked at Thackeray as a father figure.

“We were very close to each other, we were more like family. I respect him a lot,” he said.

The “Pink” star recalled that when he got married, Thackeray had called him saying he wants to meet his newly wedded wife Jaya Bachchan.

Bachchan said Thackeray stood by him in his tough times.

“I was hurt during the shoot of my film ‘Coolie’ and was hospitalised in a critical state in Bengaluru and when I was being brought to Mumbai, days weren’t good due to monsoon. I did not get an ambulance at that time, due to rain, but Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena ambulance was available. If this did not happen, I could have been more in danger,” he said.

“There were instances in my life when there were some allegations on me, Balasaheb used to often call me and ask if it is true or not, he used to call me home, saying I want to talk to you.

“One such incident happened when there were allegations on me and my family and Balasaheb called me at his home and asked what is the truth, I told him I am talking truth, he told me don’t be afraid, I am with you. No one stood by me as much as he did,” the veteran actor recalled.

The biopic will release on January 23, 2019.