One of the most awaited films of the year, Thackeray featuring actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has released today. The film is based on the life of Shiv Sena supremo, late Bal Thackeray and thus, Mumbaikars started celebration at the crack of the dawn. Sena workers were seen welcoming viewers at various cinema halls. Ever since the trailer was out, expectations were high from the film as it featured Nawaz. People on social media are heaping praise on him for playing the role of the political leader with perfection. Actress Amrita Rao has played the role of Bal Thackeray’s wife Meenatai Thackeray in the film.

While talking about the role, “There were no audio-visual references of Meena Tai Thackeray on the internet.”

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Earlier, while talking about the role, the actor said, “It was a tough and challenging role for me because he was an iconic figure and while doing the film on him, the only thing which remained in my mind was that through my actions, I have to do justice to the role. So, I researched a lot about him, I watched a lot of his videos, speeches and Sanjay Raut (writer) helped me in giving details about Balasaheb ji’s life.”

Shoojit Sircar praised the film to heights and said, “Film Thackeray portrays how an Artist becomes a powerful political leader. The film is bold and powerful. @Nawazuddin_S one of our finest actors roars like a tiger.. Congratulations to @rautsanjay61 and @RKpanday1977.”

Shatrughan Sinha tweeted, “As a tribute to his memory, a film, ‘Thackeray’ a biopic on the life of Balasaheb releases on 25th Jan’19. I’m told Nawazuddin Siddiqui @Nawawazuddin_S is outstanding & it seems he has done complete justice to the role. He is credible & believable as he plays the late.”

The film is directed by Abhijit Panse and written by politician Sanjay Raut.