Recently the trailer of ‘Thackrey’ launched which was highly loved and criticised by many. During the launch of the teaser actor Amitabh Bachchan shared the fact that proves that his and Bal Thackeray’s bond was really strong. Amitabh opened up about his relationship with late Indian political leader, Balasaheb. Amitabh said that Balasaheb stood by his side in the times of difficulty.
He recalled the day when he got hurt while shooting ‘Coolie’. He said that the weather of Mumbai that day was really bad and no ambulance was available to take him to hospital but at the end it was Shiva Sena ambulance provided by Bal Thackeray that helped him. “Balasaheb helped me when I needed it most. If it had not been for him, I would not have been alive today,” said Amitabh Bachchan in his statement. He further revealed that he and Bal Thackeray were not close but they respected each other a lot.
Thackeray is an upcoming bilingual biographical film directed by Abhijit Panse which has been made simultaneously in Marathi and Hindi. Following the life of Bal Thackeray, the film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the eponymous person and Amrita Rao as his wife. The film is scheduled for release on 25 January 2019, the 93rd birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray.
Talking about the trailer, while it has generally received positive reviews, there are also sections of people who have slammed the makers of the film for showing Nawazuddin, who is playing Thackeray, mouthing certain dialogues which are against a section of community. It would be interesting to see how director Abhijit will portray Thackeray’s story on screen as the politician, along with being the most loved, was also the most controversial political figure of his time.