Thackeray is a Bollywood biopic based on Indian politician Bal Thackeray, who founded the Hindu right-wing party Shiv Sena. The movie stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a titular character, alongside Amrita Rao, Sudhir Mishra, etc. Thackeray is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Dr. Shrikant Bhasi, Varsha Sanjay Raut, Purvashi Sanjay Raut and Vidhita Sanjay Raut under the banner Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd.
Abhijit Panse’s Thackeray traces his journey from a cartoonist at Free Press Journal to becoming one of the most important leaders who changed the politics in Maharashtra. He begins with how Balasaheb Thackeray brought a stir in the state with his ‘Marathi Manoos Jaaga Ho’ in response to the growing influx of migrant jobbers especially the South Indians. Through his self-publication Marmik, he fanned the flame of Marathi ire and slowly became their messiah with his political party, Shiv Sena.
In the narrative, writer Sanjay Raut also squeezes in relevant political events like the Morarji Desai episode in 1969, the crushing of Communist trade unions, Thackeray’s meeting with Indira Gandhi during the Emergency period, Javed Miandad’s courtesy visit to the Sena chief’s residence along with Dilip Vengsarkar and the Babri Masjid demolition.
Sudeep Chattergee has wielded the camera for Thackeray.