Release Date: 25th January, 2019
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Writer/Director: Abhijit Panse
Producer/s: Sanjay Raut
Plot: Made on the life of Balasaheb Thackeray, who was the founder of political party Shiv Sena. This biographical drama is essayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao plays the role of his wife Meena Tai Thackeray.
Thackeray Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amrita Rao, Rajesh Khera
Director: Abhijit Panse
What’s Good: A stellar performance by the stalwart Nawazuddin Siddiqui, some very good crowd-pleasing dialogues & a fascinating emotion of knowing more about the man – Balasaheb Thackeray
What’s Bad: Because of its excessive political infusion, the pace hauls at places, lack of masala dialogues, it’s not entirely for its target audience
Loo Break: It totally depends on your taste of enjoying political dramas because if you do, you can enjoy it in a single sitting
Watch or Not?: Watch it for the entertainment! The informative aspect of the film somewhere gets overshadowed because of its treatment
What should be considered as the most inspiring rags-to-riches story, Thackeray starts with showing an ordinary man Bal Keshav Thackeray (here Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who’s a cartoonist. As every inspiring story, in Thackeray, too, his talent was misunderstood by many. Resigning from his job at Free Press Journal, Balasaheb starts Marmik – a weekly portraying his brave cartoons. Through Marmik and the injustice happening on Marathi people in their own state, Balasaheb decides to form a group naming it as Shiv Sena.
This gives birth to a revolution that was acted as a double-edged sword. It was a boon for many turned into a bane for some of them. Thackeray, people’s leader, continues to build his power in the state. A sword did something that a brush was unable to do. This surely created a stir in the countywide politics arising many enemies for Balasaheb. He stands still and faces all of them, this is what is life story has been all about.
Thackeray Movie Review: Script Analysis
Sanjay Raut’s story is definitely engaging and provides ample entertainment to keep the audience intrigued. After reaching home 12 in the night, I left home at 1.30am to reach the 4.15am show. Introduced you to my timeline because never for a moment I felt sleepy or tired during the movie and that according to me is its biggest achievement. By my Accidental Prime Minister you must be knowing my dumb-head for politics, so let’s just see this as a film. The first half of the movie is majorly in Black & White and that start bothering you after a point of time.
Is everything highly glorified or it’s in limits? I don’t know, you let me know in the comments section below. The movie starts on a similar note as Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy & Nawaz instantly reminds you of his appearance from Manto. One fact that I’ll never know about the film will be how much it was balanced? Was it the closest attempt to the reality? This review should be interactive and this time you guys should tell me things. The Morarji Desai incident and alliance with Congress are two of the political incidents covered very well.
Thackeray Movie Review: Star Performance
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is getting into the zone of being other people with ease. After Manto, he has hit another home run with Thackeray as far as his performance is concerned. From adapting the mannerisms to a bit of voice modulation, Nawazuddin is not Nawazuddin in the film.
Amrita Rao as Meena Tai is impressive. She has a limited scope but surely makes you remember her character. This movie, like Manikarnika, is also the victim of a weak supporting cast. Out of all the supporting characters, I just remember Rajesh Khera as Morarji Desai. Looks wise as well as acting wise, he passes the test with flying colours.
Thackeray Movie Review Quicker: It starts with what everyone expects, Balasaheb Thackeray’s (here Nawazuddin Siddiqui) entry. Attending a hearing in Lucknow, we see Balasaheb in his usual elegance and flair amongst a lot of seetis. We see him getting charged for Babri Mosque charges.
His calibre is established from the first frame when everyone in the court rises up for him; even the judge for a moment flows in his aura. After an outstanding entry sequence, we are taken to a black & white flashback starting with the initial days when Balasaheb was Bal Keshav Thackeray.
Struggling for cartooning the truth, we see Balasaheb resigning from his job. On watching a movie which insults the Marathi people, Balasaheb decides to bring a revolution. That’s when he starts with Marmik – a weekly magazine portraying the truth of society with the help of cartoons designed by Balasaheb Thackeray.
The first half juggles between the flashback and current scenario in which Balasaheb is in the court. Sanjay Raut’s story keeps you engaged and is very fast paced. The dialogues are mass pleasing and Nawazuddin nails every single one of them. A perfect portrayal of Balasaheb, Nawazuddin looks like a spitting image of him.
Nawazuddin himself comes from a small town of Bihar. In the film, he will be seen playing the role of late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. According to Nawazuddin, portraying Balasaheb’s life on-screen was quite tough.
The film Thackeray, directed by Abhijit Panse and written by Sanjay Raut, also features Amrita Rao and Sudhir Mishra among others. It’s all slated to release today. Stick to this space for the full review.