It is not often that the brush strokes of a passionate cartoonist create history.

And it take a man of integrity and equal passion to chronicle the extraordinary tale of a man whose simplicity, straightforwardness, sacrifice and struggle made a world of a difference in the lives of the common man of Maharashtra. Eminent journalist-Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut pens the life of Balasaheb Thackeray, to take the form of the bilingual film, Thackeray. No one can be better than firebrand Raut, who is known for his fearless comments, having observed the Roaring Tiger at his feisty best and traversed the journey with Balasaheb Thackeray as the Executive Editor of Saamana. “Balasaheb Thackeray has given so much to the sons of the soil, to our state… to our country.

The film aims to be fitting tribute, and is a magnum opus, a great biopic to suit his stature, the way he lived. The film will be shot in Marathi and Hindi and will be dubbed into English and various other languages worldwide,” elaborates Raut.

Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the stellar role, a team of dedicated national and international award-winning technicians will craft this film that is to be directed by Abhijit Panse.

“The fight against injustice towards our people… our state… and the sons of our soil is no less than the efforts of Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak and Nelson Mandela. Balasaheb’s life was so dramatic that he ignited the society for justice, and for generations to come. He rewrote history of the city, the state and the nation with his brush strokes. This is a fitting tribute to the man who stood tallest,” sums up Raut.

The teaser of the film will be launched by Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of Uddhav Thackeray.


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