The trailer of Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Thackeray released recently and the actor received praises for essaying the role of late Shiv Sena leader Balasaheb Thackeray with perfection. But, the makers are also receiving criticism for spewing hate against South Indians. Tamil actor Siddharth expressed his displeasure in a series of tweets and called out the hate speech in the film. He urged makers not to sell hate and make money out of it. The actor also pointed out that the objectionable dialogue was shown in the Marathi trailer and not in the Hindi version.
He took to the micro-blogging site Twitter and wrote, “Nawazuddin has repeated ‘Uthao lungi bajao pungi’ (lift the lungi and *’#$ him) in the film #Thackeray. Clearly hate speech against South Indians… In a film glorifying the person who said it! Are you planning to make money out of this propaganda? Stop selling hate! Scary stuff!”
He also tweeted, “The conveniently un-subtitled #Marathi trailer of #Thackeray. So much hate sold with such romance and heroism (Music, tiger roars, applause, jingoism). No solidarity shown to millions of South Indians and immigrants who make #Mumbai great.”
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Reports were doing the rounds that the censor board has objected to certain scenes in the film. However, senior party leader and the film’s producer Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said nobody can ban the film.
“What is right and what is not right, who will decide? This is a biopic, it is a true story. Balasaheb’s life was an open book. The censor board will understand. Some things take time to be understood,” Raut said. He further added, “There is no question of ban, this is Thackeray. Nobody can ban Thackeray.”
Directed by Abhijit Panse, the film is all set to hit the screens on January 25. It also features actress Amrita Rao in a crucial role.