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Movie Review: Thackeray (2019)

THACKERAY is the story of the Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray. Bal Keshav Thackeray (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is the eldest son of social reformer Prabodhankar Thackeray and is married to Meenatai (Amrita Rao). The story begins in late 50s when Bal is working in Free Press Journal as a cartoonist in Mumbai. He feels stifled with the restrictions put on him by superiors over attacking certain political figures. Hence, Bal resigns and starts his own political weekly called Marmik. Bal realizes that the South Indians have dominated businesses and offices in Mumbai and look down upon Maharashtrians. Through his cartoons and later his speeches, he begins to inform the sons of soil that they should fight for their rights and not let ‘outsiders’ to take over the reins of Mumbai. His speeches begin to motivate Maharashtrians and they commence the fight for their rights. As his stature and popularity grows and as he begins to be addressed as Balasaheb, he floats his own political party called Shiv Sena, in 1966. The party suffers a lot of ups and downs but slowly makes its mark. In the 80s however, Balasaheb shifts his agenda and becomes pro-Hindutva. The Shiv Sainiks also have a part to play in the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, which leads to riots and widespread wave of shock across the country. How Balasaheb tides over this crisis fearlessly and also overcomes other challenges forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui is first-rate as Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray”
DNA India
3.5 “THACKERAY is a well-made and well-told biopic about one of the most important political figures of Maharashtra and India. “
Bollywoodhungama
3.5 “The film follows Thackeray’s rise from being a political cartoonist in the Free Press Journal in 1959 to mentoring his party to power in 1995. “
Filmfare
3.5 “Aesthetically presented and convincing”
Sify
3.0 ” Fanboys will love it”
Rediff: Utkarsh Mishra
3.0 “Its Nawaz’s nonchalant performance that overshadows the flaws and leaves a lasting impact.”
TOI
3.0 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui Roars Loud Like A Tiger.”
Filmibeat
3.0 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui Conquers This Engrossing Political Drama!”
Koimoi
Average Reviews
2.5 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui makes for a great Thackeray, but the script sticks to the major events of his political life, leaving you wishing the film had shown him more human than hero of the masses.”
Nowrunning
2.5 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Film Unabashedly Supports Bal Thackeray’s Controversial Ideas”
News18
2.5 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui digs deep into the mind and soul of Bal Thackeray”
Timesnownews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui delivers towering performance in political drama”
Indiatvnews
2.0 “A worshipful home video”
Indianexpress
1.5 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui Is Outstanding Performer In A Film Best Left Alone”
NDTV
1.0 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui film works more in rallies than theatres”
Indiatoday
1.0 “Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s film is not a whitewash, it’s a confession”
Hindustantimes
1.0 “It’s So Boring, It’s Dangerous”
Filmcompanion

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