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25 Jan, 2019
2 hrs 19 mins
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From a firebrand journalist to an influential political leader who played a major role in shaping the Marathi identity, Balasaheb Thackeray`s journey is also the story of birth and evolution of Shiv Sena. The film chronicles the life and times of the charismatic leader whose legacy continues to live on through his words and deeds.
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Verdict: Its a Nawazuddin show all the way. Many eyebrows were raised when Bollywood actorNawazuddin Siddiquiwas chosen to play the role ofBal Thackerayin his biopic. While some ridiculed him for being a sell-out, others still felt that an actor who was notorious for playing a gunda in most of his movies would not do justice to the role. But as always, Nawaz Bhai silences hi... ...Read full review
Nawazuddin Siddiquis performance adds punch to the Thackeray biopic. ...Read full review
Nawazuddin Siddiqui digs deep into the mind and soul of Bal Thackeray. ...Read full review
With a run-time of 2 hours and 19 minutes, Thackeray, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Bal Thackeray, feels like a political sermon that goes on too long. ...Read full review
Nawazuddin Siddiqui powers Abhijit Panse`s propaganda-laden film. ...Read full review
Nawazuddin Siddiqui`s Film Unabashedly Supports Bal Thackeray`s Controversial Ideas. ...Read full review
The film won`t quench your thirst for a perfect biopic because it clearly isn`t. However, the film doesn`t lionise Thackeray and that`s exactly why you should watch it. Nawazuddin Siddiqui`s performance is not a surprise element because there isn`t anything that the actor cannot do and it surely can be one of the primary reasons to watch this film. ...Read full review
BalaSaheb had an undeniable charisma as a leader, which a politician dreams to have and Nawazuddin Siddiqui recreates it on screen. ...Read full review
What hampers the film is, naturally, the bias. Here is a man without flaws, and this results in a one-note propaganda project. Its a shame because theres some genuine craft on screen. The film is shot skilfully by Sudeep Chatterjee, and early scenes of Thackerays cartoons popping from the page are nicely done. But its all in service of a skewed narrative. Im going with two out of five for Thackeray. If there must be a sequel, it calls for more honesty, less halo. ...Read full review