SAHEB, a biopic on Bal Thackeray, Maharashtra’s most revered and dear political leader is being directed by none other but the grandson of the late Shiv Sena Supremo.
Produced by Smita Thackeray, the daughter in law of Bal Thackeray addressing the media announced that the movie that has been in pipeline since the legendary leader was alive.
She said, “Saheb (Bal Thackeray was fondly addressed) was aware that I was passionate on making a biopic on his life hence he had asked me to be around him. Hence I would be after him, whenever he was free, he would talk about his life which I collected and record as data.”
On being quizzed why she has opted for a young director instead of a veteran, she instantly said, “It was Saheb’s wish. Since Rahul was very close to Saheb and had expressed his desire to become a filmmaker, Saheb wanted to launch him in a big way. But unfortunately, he could see Rahul becoming a director hence as a tribute to Saheb it was unanimously decided that Rahul would direct the film.”
It may be noted that Rahul Thackeray has completed his filmmaking course from Canada after which he has assisted Raju Hirani as an assistant in PK.
The film is in its final stages of scripting and will start shooting end of this year to be released on Bal Thackeray's birth anniversary on Jan 23, 2017.
Though the casting is yet to be finalized speculations are high who will play the title role of Bal Thackeray. Whoever plays the lead role but according to Smita the actor must have an aura, good voice and a command over his dialogues.