Abhijit Panse’s Thackeray is a biopic of Shiv Sena founder Late Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray. He was a right-wing Hindu Nationalist and an unequalled politician of the 1960’s. He contested intensively for the rights of Marathi people against the migrants such as Gujarati’s, Marwari’s, Bihari’s and North Indians.
The Nawazuddin Siddiqui- starrer is a blatant glorification of the political figure which brings together his unabashed pursuits of creating polarization, using religious separatism to create tension and practicing prejudice in the name of safeguarding the Maratha community from ‘foreign infiltration’ to paint the leader in an unapologetic light.
Siddiqui’s performance is smooth in a manner that it can hardly be distinguished from his former roles as a gangster, serial killer or a gully boy.
The film is in direct association with MNS leader Abhijit Panse and has been produced by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, which adds to the answer of why it is a pure work of self-gratification.
Similarity to real life characters has been depicted successfully, and the film’s black and white content on several levels intensifies and does justice to the filmmaker’s attempt at taking the audience to 1960’s.
Overall, if the moral edge is put to rest, the film qualifies to become a piece of unregretful art- a tribute to Thackeray and his legacy as a superhero of the Maratha community.