If there is anybody who can portray the character of the power personality that was Bal Thackeray, it can be no other than Nawazuddin Siddiqui. And so, the Monsoon Shootout actor will be seen essaying the role of the political figure in his next, as per a fresh report in DNA. And though we await the official announcement of the film, everyone in the know of the film are already in awe of Siddiqui’s look and demeanor as Bal-Thackeray.Also Read - Sonu Sood Once Praised by BJP, Now Considered Tax Evader: Shiv Sena on IT Raids at Actor's Properties
The report suggests Nawazuddin’s look in the Marathi figure’s avatar will be released very soon. As soon as December 21. The event is tipped to be one big star-studded one as the likes of Amitabh Bachchan will be gracing it. Upon being contacted by the daily, the actor refused to comment on his casting for the film. Instead, he demanded the media wait for the official announcement. The Rajyasabha MP and Shiv Sena spokesperson, who have apparently scripted the story, laughed off Siddiqui’s portrayal of the late eminent personality saying, ” “Come to the first-look launch and all will be revealed.” ALSO READ: Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan Is Set To Release In China, But It’s Dubbed Title Will Leave You In Splits Also Read - Mumbai Rape Case: Accused Has Confessed To Crime, Says CP Nagrale; Weapon Recovered
Sanjay Raut who has been working on this project for over four years now, says it were films like Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, and Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom that inspired him to work on this project. He told DNA, “As someone who spent a lot of time with Balasaheb I know there is so much in his life that lends itself to the big screen.” Also Read - Linking Hindutva With Taliban Disrespectful to Hindu Culture: Shiv Sena Slams Javed Akhtar
He added saying that this will be a mainstream popular film, and not a docu-feature film: “Balasaheb was a mass leader and I want this to be a mainstream popular film which will strike a chord with all those who know about him and his struggle.” He also added saying that he has not taken any interference while working on it, emphasising the importance of lesser known episodes from Balasaheb’s life: “I’ve tried to be as true to the subject as cinematically possible without any interference from anyone, including the Thackeray family.” The biopic’s first look launch is scheduled for December 21 this year.