Nawazuddin Siddiqui will reprise the role of Bal Thackeray, one of the most controversial political figure if modern India, say sources. Reports suggest that the official announcement will be made on December 21 at an event in Mumbai which will boast the presence of stars like Amitabh Bachchan.
When Nawazuddin Siddiqui was asked about this new challenging project, he refused to comment on the news. It was earlier reported that Smita Thackeray was producing a biopic on the same subject, and Amitabh Bachchan was majorly being considered for the lead role. Other contenders included Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Manoj Bajpayee.
The biopic is being produced by Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, under the banner ‘Raut’ers Entertainment’. It has also been reported that the biopic on Balasaheb will be directed by MNS leader Abhijeet Panse. This is not the first that that a film is being made inspired by the life of Balasaheb Thackeray. Earlier, Amitabh Bachchan played the lead in Sarkar which was loosely based on the life of the great politician. The film was directed by Ram Gopal Verma.
Another Marathi film titled Balkadu was also released in 2015, with a similar subject.
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