*’Thackeray’ Biopic Trailer Launches to thundering applause*
It is not often that the brush strokes of a passionate cartoonist create history. And it took a man of integrity and equal passion to chronicle the extraordinary tale of a cartoonist whose simplicity, straightforwardness, sacrifice and struggle made a world of a difference in the lives of the common man.
The trailer of the much awaited biopic, Thackeray, presented by Sanjay Raut, produced by Raut’ers Entertainment LLP, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Carnival Motion Pictures, was launched on December 26 at Carnival IMAX Wadala to a thunderous applause.
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray admitted the trailer gave him goose-bumps. “I have witnessed the life of Balasaheb Thackeray for 52 years. And to contain it in a film is no easy task. I have full faith in Sanjay Raut and the dedicated team and I am sure we will make waves globally. Such is the persona of Balasaheb. He minced no words, made no compromises. The film is as real as real can be.”
Firebrand Journalist-MP Sanjay Raut, having traversed the journey with Balasaheb Thackeray as the Executive Editor of Saamana, stated that the biopic will showcase the Roaring Tiger at this feisty best. “Balasaheb infused life energy into the common man, turned him into Superman. Whoever has been lucky enough to come in touch with Balasaheb, has seen his life changed. It is now the turn of each and every common man of India to discover his rights and powers.
“The fight against injustice towards our people… our state… and the sons of our soil is no less than the efforts of Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak and Nelson Mandela. Balasaheb’s life was so dramatic that he ignited the society to fight for justice, and for generations to come. He rewrote the history of the city, the state and the nation with his brush strokes. This is a fitting tribute to the man who stood tallest,” summed up Raut.
“We have Thackeray as our 75th film and our 10th Marathi film. BalaSaheb is an amazing and inspiring subject for Cinema. As yet another first as a studio we have a two language simutanous release in Hindi and Marathi. The film chronicles the life of a leader & persona who had a unique connect with people. It is also a huge responsibility as the standards and bars set by him as a character who are so high. It is an ambitious venture for us and we are fortunate to be a part of the film,” stated Ajit Andhare, COO – Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
Added Dr. Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman – Carnival Group, “We at Carnival Motion Pictures believe in content cinema. Balasaheb Thackeray is an example of how the common man can be the change. We are glad to be associated with Thackeray the film that showcases the life journey of Balasaheb and the histrionics of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. We are glad to be producing one of the most-awaited films of 2019 with Mr. Sanjay Raut and Viacom18 Motion Pictures.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the Shiv Sena Supremo in the stellar role alongside Amrita Rao who will portray Meenatai Thackeray, with a team of dedicated national and international award-winning technicians. The film is directed by Abhijit Panse and is set for a worldwide release on January 25, 2019.