Thackeray is all about the controversial life of Bal Keshav Thackeray (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) also known as Balasaheb Thackeray. The film traces the rise of Bal Keshav Thackeray, as he goes from being a cartoonist to establishing a new political party for Maharashtrians, the Shiv Sena.
The transformation of a young person struggling to make ends meet into a ruthless, not so democratic leader has been carefully crafted. The story begins in the late 60’s when Bal Thackeray was a cartoonist at the Free Press Journal and it travels right through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, as he rises up the ranks of the world of politics.
Produced by Shiv Sena Member of Parliament and Saamna editor Sanjay Raut and scripted and directed by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Abhijit Panse, Thackeray, is a film that is honest in its approach. The makers have tried to put their perspective in the most non-biased manner. However, for me that works is the personal side of the man, who we have seen as a fierce leader.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has does full justice to his part, but what worked for me was Amrita Rao in the character of Mina Thackeray. She has essayed the role with loads of sincerity and my heart goes out to this lady, who stood by the man she loved.
The only downer about the film is its inconsistent screenplay which does not help the film at all. There are scenes that could have been shortened and some totally avoided.
All in all, Thackeray is all about Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao. Both are almost perfect in their parts. However, Thackeray is one film that I am sure will evoke a lot of reactions from people who have known the man, from the people who have opposed his thought process and last but the not the least from the people who will see this film.
Do catch this film as it not only gets the political scenario right but also gives us a glimpse into the personal life of the man we lovingly call Balasaheb.
Rating: Three Star