Nawazuddin Siddiqui: When I heard I am doing the role of Balasaheb Thackeray, it felt like the best moment of my life

Author : Grinell Jacinto
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Balasaheb Thackeray in Thackeray

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Thackeray

Nawazuddin Siddiqui has come a long way in Bollywood. He was first seen playing a few seconds role in the Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh (1999) and will soon be seen as Balasaheb Thackeray in his biopic Thackeray.

At the trailer launch of Balasaheb Thackeray biopic, Nawazuddin Siddiqui spoke about essaying the most difficult role of his career.

“When I first heard that I am doing the role of Balasaheb Thackeray, it felt like the best moment of my life! This has been the most challenging role for me.”

Looking at Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s onscreen aplomb, one cannot gauge the kind of effort that must have gone into the prepping for this role. As they started to shoot, Nawazuddin got into the skin of the character but grew anxious seeing people shouting Balasaheb Thackeray’s name. Giving us a candid insight, he shared,

“I couldn’t even imagine the difficulty this role would offer and I started growing nervous with time. The director helped me ease into the role while we were shooting.”

“Balasaheb’s personality is so imposing that one can only try to live up to it. It has been a tremendous opportunity for me as an actor and I am ever thankful to Sanjay Raut,”

added Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the Shiv Sena Supremo in Thackeray alongside Amrita Rao who plays Meenatai Thackeray, with a team of dedicated national and international award-winning technicians. Presented by Sanjay Raut, produced by Raut’ers Entertainment LLP, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Carnival Motion Pictures the film is directed by Abhijit Panse. Thackeray is slated for a worldwide release on January 25, 2019.

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