Posted on January 10, 2019 at 9:06 am

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Playing Balasaheb has been the most challenging role for me

When you look back at the journey of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bollywood, we can say he has come a long way. From playing a small role in Sarfarosh (1999) to now essaying Balasaheb Thackeray in his biopic, Thackeray – that’s Nawazuddin for you.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Balasaheb Thackeray
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Balasaheb Thackeray

At the trailer launch of Thackeray, helmed by Sanjay Raut, Nawazuddin spoke about essaying the most difficult role of his career.

“When I first heard that I am doing the role of Balasaheb Thackeray, it felt like the best moment of my life! This has been the most challenging role for me,”

said the National Award-winning actor.

It goes without saying that portraying the role of one of the most potent and influential men of the country, would come with its own hurdles. But looking at Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s onscreen aplomb, one cannot gauge the kind of effort that must have gone into the prepping for this role. As Nawazuddin got into the skin of the character and saw a sea of people shouting Balasaheb Thackeray’s name, he grew anxious. Giving us a candid insight, he shared,

“I couldn’t even imagine the difficulty this role would offer and I started growing nervous with time. The director helped me ease into the role while we were shooting.”

“Balasaheb’s personality is so imposing that one can only try to live up to it. It has been a tremendous opportunity for me as an actor and I am ever thankful to Sanjay Raut,”

added Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Shiv Sena Supremo in Thackeray alongside Amrita Rao. Presented by Sanjay Raut, produced by Raut’ers Entertainment LLP, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Carnival Motion Pictures, it is directed by Abhijit Panse. Thackeray is slated for a worldwide release on January 25, 2019.