Thackeray Movie Review Hit or Flop

Thackeray Movie Review Hit or Flop: This biopic traces the rise of Bal Keshav Thackeray, as he goes from being a cartoonist to establishing a new political party for Maharashtrians, the Shiv Sena.

The film takes us through the journey of his political life and also giving us a glimpse of his personal story. All of this as Thackeray becomes the most influential political leader in Maharashtra.

Cast Of Movie Thackeray –

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Amrita Rao

Overall Rating – 3/5

Review Of Movie Thackeray – 

The occasional self-doubt that Nawazuddin Siddiqui displayed in the biopic of Saadat Hasan Manto is completely absent in his second biopic in four months.

In Thackeray, a film based on the life and theories of Shiv Sena founder Bal Keshav Thackeray, popularly known as Balasaheb, Nawazuddin has attempted playing a controversial political figure with a big heart and total zeal.

Balasaheb Thackeray, as he was fondly called by the public and his peers, was an influential leader and an equally controversial figure.

His political career had many fiery moments characterized by crowd-cheering speeches, some of which resulted in riots and violence, too.

The film presents both the applauded and the less appreciated shades of Thackeray’s life and career.

   Public Review On Movie Thackeray

Powered by a stellar performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, this biopic rises above an inconsistent screenplay, to present an intriguing political career.

Thackeray Movie Review Hit or Flop

The story begins in the late 60s when Bal Thackeray was a cartoonist at the Free Press Journal and it travels right through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, as he rises up the ranks of the world of politics.

While it’s easy for a biopic to glorify its subject, in a welcome departure, Thackeray presents the bare truth of the protagonist’s career.

It does take a few liberties, but for the most part, the film portrays him as the belligerent leader that he was.

So much so, that he even stands in court and declares that his party’s workers contributed to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

Thackeray was not one to mince his words, and director Abhijit Panse’s film follows the same rule.

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It doesn’t try to paint a rosy picture of Thackeray, but it does the attempt at establishing him as the hero of the masses.

The director takes some smart decisions, like presenting most of the first half of the film in black & white.

The monochrome helps establish the period setting of the film, as the production design by Sandeep Ravade, assisted by CGI shots, recreate the old Bombay quite well.

Thackeray Movie Review Hit or Flop

The film also features a lot of real political leaders with their actual names and the casting is bang on.

But, the inconsistent screenplay doesn’t help the film at all.

The director also gets a bit indulgent on occasions, employing ambitious cinematic transitions (a hammer banging on the top of the Babri Masjid swiftly transitioning into the judge’s gavel in Court) that stick out like a sore thumb.

What works wonderfully for the film is Nawazuddin’s performance as Bal Thackeray.

Thackeray Movie Review Hit or Flop
Thackeray Movie Review Hit or Flop

The fact that the actor doesn’t try to modulate his voice or pick up a Marathi accent is a wise decision.

With deft nuance and the assistance of minimal makeup, Nawaz transforms into the Shiv Sena chief and delivers a pitch-perfect portrayal.

Interestingly, the actor had to drop out of a Ramleela performance in his village Budhana, in 2016, after a Shiv Sena district head complained against him after which Nawaz had reached out to, and earned the backing of Aditya Thackeray.

Amrita Rao as Meenatai Thackeray, his wife, has a limited role, with no real impact.

There are several performances by the actors playing leaders like George Fernandes, Sharad Pawar and more, which are brief but lend perfect support to Nawaz’s efforts.

Thackeray Movie Review Hit or Flop

Writer and producer Sanjay Raut don’t distort facts from Bal Thackeray’s story.

The riled up speeches, the unapologetic candor, and the larger-than-life persona are presented without a veil.

While the honesty is commendable, it comes across that the lead character’s political motivations lack clarity.

Perhaps a more seasoned writer could have fleshed out Thackeray’s character and eccentricities a lot better.

But its Nawaz’s nonchalant performance that overshadows the flaws and leaves a lasting impact.

There are enough metaphors, some really remarkable ones, to make you look for the director’s name in the credits.

In one of the sequences where Thackeray talks about stopping the left forces, he has been shown slicing a marigold plant with a scissor.

Everything, except a blooming flower, is in black and white.

You start focusing on the flower and it begins acquiring a deeper color.


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