After finding success in 2016, biopics have been Bollywood’s favourite genre and off late there have been talks of a biopic on the life of Indian politician who founded the Shiv Sena, a Hindu right-wing Marathi ethnocentric party active mainly in the western state of Maharashtra.
However, this time the actor is set to be a part of a biopic on one of India’s strongest personalities. Excited? If a report in DNA is to be believed, the actor will essay the role of Bal Thackeray in the under-production Shiv Sena founder’s biopic.
According to the publication, the official announcement will be made on December 21 in a star-studded event in Mumbai where apparently Amitabh Bachchan will also be present.
Nawaz, who has acted in films such as the Gangs of Wasseypur franchise and Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, held back from saying anything directly, and has said to wait for the official announcement.
Rajyasabha MP and Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut who has scripted the story, said, he was inspired by Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. “As someone who spent a lot of time with Balasaheb I know there is so much in his life that lends itself to the big screen,” he said. “Balasaheb was a mass leader and I want this to be a mainstream popular film which will strike a chord with all those who know about him and his struggle.”
Earlier, there were reports that Smita Thackeray was producing a biography on the life of Thackeray and Big B had received the majority votes to play the lead, among other contenders that included Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Manoj Bajpayee. However, we don’t know if it’s the same film.
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