On one hand when the entire film fraternity is applauding Nawazuddin Siddique for his sensitive portrayal of Manto, he has come under intense fire from his co-stars after the trailer of Thackeray was released.
Here is the trailer:
Richa Chaddha who was Nawazuddin Siddiqui's co-star termed him as "bipolar" in a scathing tweet.
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) December 27, 2018
South actor Siddharth also slammed Nawazuddin and the film saying that he didn't like the way south Indians are portrayed in the film.
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. #HappyElections! https://t.co/F13jMcIRle— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 27, 2018
Siddharth has also tweeted about his reservations regarding a particular dialogue of the film that targeted south Indians.
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!— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 26, 2018
Talking about the dialogue, the director of the film, Abhijit Panse told News18: "In the Marathi trailer, there was a sentence -- 'Uthao lungi, bajao pungi'. It was Balasaheb's slogan. It is history. He had said it. Even in his magazine, there were cartoons on south Indians. The censor board should understand that we have made a film keeping the character in mind and not the controversy. Balasaheb was a controversial personality. The screening (for CBFC) is going to happen on January 2. Let's see."
He said that he is not open to making changes in the film. "Of course we will stick to that (what we have made). It's history. It's all on YouTube and other platforms. Everyone knows Balasaheb's speeches. He used to talk in front of lakhs of people. It's not like we have made new statements. It was his personality. So, we have to portray that," said the director.