Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Thackeray: The release has nothing to do with any political motive; it’s his birthday

Updated on Jan 20, 2019 12:54 PM IST  |  1M
   
Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Thackeray: The release has nothing to do with any political motive; it’s his birthday
Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Thackeray: The release has nothing to do with any political motive; it’s his birthday
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We all know that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of most sought after actor of the Bollywood industry. He takes up all the challenging roles and plays them effortlessly on the big screen. He makes sure that his characters look real and that the audience connects to them. After playing the character of writer Manto with utmost brilliance, Nawazuddin is all set to amaze us with his portrayal of late Shiv Sena leader Balasaheb Thackeray. Thackeray is helmed by Abhijit Panse. It has been written and produced by journalist and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. The movie is all set to release on January 25, 2019, and would clash with Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. 

The movie has been in news ever since the trailer came out on the Internet. It has been debated that movie is a propaganda film as the elections are underway. On this, Nawaz told Mid-Day, “Balasaheb ko propaganda ki kya zaroorat? It is his birthday, so the film is releasing now. It has nothing to do with any political motive. If the film were to be released any other year, the response wouldn't be different." He added that Balasaheb was already a controversial man and there is no scope of whitewashing him or playing neutral with him. According to the actor, the right approach would be to show him the way he was.

Nawaz also pinpointed the idea of heroism in Bollywood. According to him, we shouldn’t be complaining about heroism as people are used to seeing actors as heroes. He also said that because of this perception, no one watched his Raman Raghav 2.0. He added that if heroes are not glorified on the big screen, the movie will not make money. “So, why is a big deal made if we idolise them in their biopics?” questioned Nawaz. 

Siddiqui also added that movie’s aim is to show the man behind that controversies. “Great biopics are not actors impersonating their muses. It's about giving the right impression of the subject. At his heart, he was an artist,” said Nawaz. 

His last movie Manto has not got the green light for release, writers, activists and journalists got together last week to protest in different cities of Pakistan, the actor has a different take on it. "The majority of the society has not grown up intellectually to embrace the truth. That is why we are still living in the same society and stuck in time... That is why what Saadat Hassan Manto faced in his time is still the reality. The problems are still existing and his story is still relevant." 


"Yes, like the way there were few liberal-minded people -- writers, authors and intellectuals stood by him -- in the present time, a few people have also stood by the film. But all of us are really in the minority, you know," he added. 

ALSO READ: Nawazuddin Siddiqui opens up on the communal backlash he received for playing the role of late Bal Thackeray

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