Carnival IMAX Wadala donned on a festive look with Tutaris and Nashik Dhols, melodiously merging with the colour of the day, Saffron. Festive flags of Saffron, with a tinge of Gold, swayed to the music, aided by the ever-helpful winds. Balasaheb Thackeray looked happily down at the festivities from the twenty feet cut-out, set atop a majestic pillar. The trailer, more than did justice to the amazing effort that went into creating an environment, befitting the aura of Balasaheb Thackeray.
A Balasaheb Thackeray memorabilia corner, the Maratha seal and the majestic statue of Shivaji Maharaj seated atop a throne, as the flags saluted the spirit of the environs.
In the theatre, the thunderous applause to the trailer of the much awaited biopic, Thackeray, even drowned the sounds of the Nashik Dhol, doing justice to the ethereal ambience.
Produced by Raut’ers Entertainment LLP, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Carnival Motion Pictures, Thackeray is indeed one of the best movies of 2019, awaited the world over.
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 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.
“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.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the Shiv Sena Supremo in the stellar role in and as Thackeray 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.