Thackeray Movie Review


Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Laxman Singh Rajput, Radha Sagar, Amrita Rao
Directors: Abhijit Panse
Genre: Historical Drama
Duration: 2 hrs 19 mins

Average combined rating of all critics: 2.5/5

Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao's much-anticipated release Thackeray has finally hit the theatrical screens today on January 25. Thackeray is an bilingual biographical film written and directed by Abhijit Panse, made simultaneously in Marathi and Hindi. The movie is based on the life of Bal Thackeray, the founder of the Indian political party Shiv Sena, the film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Bal Keshav Thackery and Amrita Rao as his wife.

The plot of the movie revolves around the life of Bal Keshav Thackery an Indian politician who founded the Shiv Sena. The role of Bal Keshav Thackerary is played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.The flim shows how Bal Keshav Thackeray has evolved in his political career, how he is admired by the people of his community. The character of Bal Keshav Thackery potrayes the struggles one has to face as a political leader. In this flim Amrita Rao has played the role of Meena Thackeray, Bal Keshav Thackeray's wife.Lets find out the ratings Thackeray got from leading media houses.

News 18: 2.5/5
The first film in the series, the sequel is teased during end credits, captures the journey of a family man to becoming Mumbai’s most powerful social figure. While ruffling many feathers on his way, he claims ownership to many bloody episodes, but viewing Thackeray only as a publicity tool wouldn’t do justice to its artistic merit. Read More

India Today: 1/5
Nawazuddin Siddiqui puts in a fine performance as Bal Thackeray, but there is little that he can do to elevate a film which is so brazen in its propaganda. Amrita Rao, as Meena Thackeray, has little to do other than serve tea and food to the guests at Matoshree (the Thackeray residence). Read More

Times Now: 2.5/5
A lot of focus is put on making the film a tearjerker by emphasizing the aftermath of the riots, violence and fights that pretty much summed up Shiv Sena's history under the guidance of founder, Bal Thackeray. The film is good because of Nawazuddin's performance but it cannot be considered as one of the best biopics ever created. We're all waiting for an unbiased, good biopic. Read More

E Times: 3/5
The director takes some smart decisions, like presenting most of the first half of the film in black & white. The monochrome helps establish the period setting of the film, as the production design by Sandeep Ravade, assisted by CGI shots, recreate the old Bombay quite well. Read More

Ndtv: 1.5/5
What glory can there be in being a bully in one's backyard? So the film goes to great lengths to project the protagonist as a politician who believed in the unity of the nation first and then in the well-being of the linguistic group that he represented. Even if that were true, sustaining the halo around the man is a tough call. The film ties itself up in knots in the process. It is forced to back-pedal repeatedly for the aim of justifying, if not fully erasing, the negatives associated with Bal Thackeray's politics. Read More