There would be hardly anyone who would not know ‘Bal Keshav Thackeray’ also fondly called ‘Balasaheb Thackeray’. Founder of ‘Shiv Sena’, a Hindu right-wing Marathi ethnocentric party, Balasaheb was one of the most controversial and feared politician India has ever seen.

The Maratha Tiger is all set to roar from the skies, this time on the Box Office with a biopic named ‘Thackeray’. However, Bollywood has time and again tried to capture the essence of Balasaheb in various movies but a biopic on such an iconic personality was never attempted.

The biopic stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, essaying the role of Late Shri. Balasaheb Thackeray, and will be produced by Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena MLA and spokesperson) and directed by Abhijit Panse (MNS MLA). The movie teaser was released by the megastar of Bollywood – Amitabh Bachchan, along with the current Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at a grand event.

However, now that we know Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be portraying the role of Balasaheb Thackeray, we bring to you the first look of the actor in this biopic. Have a look:

Being a versatile actor, we are dead sure Nawazuddin Siddique will pull this off with ease. Remember him playing Saadat Hasan Manto in a latest short by Nandita Das ‘In Defence of Freedom’. Not just this, Nawazuddin has been outperforming even the main leads of his movies with some of his strong characters be it Badlapur or Raees.

Nawazuddin Siddique as Manto

With all said and done, Nawazuddin is here with his new biopic on Balasaheb Thackeray. We are sure this time the challenges will be far more than playing a character for any other biopic. Considering Balasaheb lived the most memorable life, we look forward to Nawaaz to give full justice to this great man of Maharashtra.

Here is the teaser of “Thackeray” in case you missed it:

In addition, are you wondering how this non-marathi actor pull this one off? Here’s a little message from the actor to clear all your doubts. Watch it: