One of Bollywood’s most talented personalities Nawazuddin Siddiqui is essaying the role of people’s leader Balasaheb Thackeray, there's no necessary need of this movie review because we all know that he is going to be amazing. So this time, I'm going to keep it very short and crisp. This movie deserves to be seen on the silver screen at least once!
Touted as the most inspiring rags-to-riches story, Thackeray begins with an ordinary man Bal Keshav Thackeray, who works at Free Press Journal. Soon, he quits his job and starts Marmik – a weekly portraying his brave cartoons. Through his creatives, he displays the injustice happening with the Marathi people in their own state and decides form a group naming it as Shiv Sena. This decision brings Thackeray power but it also acts as a double-edged sword. It was a boon for many turned into a bane for some of them. Over the time, Balasaheb had many enemies but he always stood strong to face them and that is what the film shows!
Written by Sanjay Raut, the first half of the film is majorly in black and white, however, the second part totally makes it up with period detailing and populating the frame with key players in local and national politics (although I could bet the brand of beer Thackeray is shown consuming did not exist in the 1980s).
*Spoiler: There's a wonderful scene with Indira Gandi, a sideways snub at barrister Rajni Patel and some incredibly discomforting scenes that advocate violence, especially against outsiders.
One of the biggest giveaways of the movie is director Abhijit Panse. He is genuinely a major reason why you easily connect with the movie. Unlike many others, Panse did not choose any difficult way to narrate this 4-decade-long story. By keeping things simple he made things impactful and that worked perfectly in his favour!
Thackeray's larger than life persona has been showed perfectly and in a very entertaining way, I should say! Do you think 130 minutes are enough to tell the story of one of the tallest figures in Maharashtra politics? To know, you'll have to book your tickets now! EIGHT STARS!