[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he trailer of much talked about biopic on Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray, Thackeray, released on Wednesday and was instantly trending on the top.
The Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer film depicts Amrita Rao as Thackeray’s wife, Meena Tai Thackeray.
The trailer begins with what appears to be the nineties’ communal riots in Mumbai (then Bombay) when the narrator says, “Iss waqt Bombay ko ek hi aadmi shaant kar sakta hai. (Only one man can pacify Bombay at this time).” We see shots of Nawaz as Thackeray, taking to the podium to deliver one of his famous speeches.
We then see glimpses of a young Thackeray laying the seeds for what would later become the Shiv Sena, a party founded on principles of pride and division. The trailer of Thackeray will make you forget blinking through the length of it as it includes snippets of Bal Thackeray’s political hold in Maharashtra, glimpses of his party ideology, and his prioritising of Maratha culture in the art and entertainment sector of the state. Controversially, the trailer also shows glimpses of the Babri Masjid demolition, and its subsequent fallout.
Bal Thackeray died in November 2012 at the age of 86.
Directed by Abhijit Panse and written by Shiv Sena politician Sanjay Raut, the film had run into trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification, who have objected to four lines of dialogue and two scenes. “Yes, they have raised objections on some dialogues and scenes, four dialogues and two scenes to be precise. We are legally dealing the matter with CBFC and we hope the matter will be sorted out soon,” Raut told PTI.
Siddiqui was last seen in the biopic of Urdu writer Manto and garnered a lot of praise for his performance in the film. This year, he was also seen in Netflix’s first Indian original series, Sacred Games, in which he played the Marathi gangster Ganesh Gaitonde, whose story, interestingly, runs in parallel to the turbulent years of Thackeray’s Mumbai. He wrote on Twitter that Thackeray was the most difficult role he has ever played.
The film has been shot in Hindi and Marathi, and will be dubbed in English. Nawazuddin, who had to polish his Marathi accent for the role, has put in a lot of hard work for the biopic, which is quite evident from the trailer.
Thackeray has been scheduled for a January 25 release.