Earlier it was reported that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is confirmed to be playing the role of the iconic Shiv Sena leader, Balasaheb Thackeray in a biopic of the political icon. When contacted, none of the parties would confirm this news, telling us to wait for the official announcement. And we believe we now know why this secret was well worth keeping – because it is not Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is portraying Balasaheb. If reports are anything to go by, we may be in for a treat, as portraying the Shiv Sena supremo, may just be Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn. Also Read - Do You Know Nawazuddin Siddiqui Used to Apply Fair And Lovely Cream to Have a Lighter Skin Tone?
There are few better options when it comes to a role fitting the might and stature of a badass leader in all his glory. And having essayed similar characters in the past, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai for an instance, Ajay is casting done right. A source tells a leading media portal, “He is a good choice to play Balasaheb Thackeray,” a source close to Ajay told the portal. “The only problem is Ajay is juggling too many films at the moment. Among them is Tanaji, the biopic on the military leader Tanaji Malusare of the Maratha Empire who fought alongside Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in several wars. The others include Raid and Total Dhamaal. Ajay would love to do Saheb. Which actor would not want to play Balasaheb Thackeray in a biopic?” ALSO READ: Nawazuddin Siddiqui To Play The Role Of Bal Thackeray In His Upcoming Biopic Also Read - 'You Assassinate my Character', Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Estranged Wife Aaliya Writes an Open Note on Twitter
The film will be produced by Balasaheb Thackeray’s daughter-in-law Smita Thackeray and directed by his grandson Rahul Thackeray. The film is tentatively titled Saheb, and will be launched on December 21, 2017. Also Read - Netflix Movie Raat Akeli Hai Trailer: Nawazuddin Siddiqui And Radhika Apte Bring an Engaging Murder Mystery