Nawazuddin Siddiquis Thackeray was initially offered to Irrfan Khan

Reports suggest that the makers were keen on signing Irrfan Khan for the titular role in the movie Thackeray initially. The movie was based on the real-life of political leader Bal Thackeray.

by Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: May 01, 2020 17:07 IST

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Irrfan Khan was initially offered, Thackeray

Thackeray movie hit the silver screens in 2019. The movie starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao in the lead was directed by popular Marathi-language director Abhijit Phanse. 


It is reported that due to Irrfan's tight schedule, the role went to Nawazuddin, who impressed the critics and audience with his acting skills. 

Know some interesting trivia about the biopic!!

  • Mirzapur fame Rasika Duggal was the initial choice for the role of Meena Tai Thackeray. Since Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rasika Duggal played husband and wife in Nandita Das' Manto, the makers Amrita Rao for the part. 

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui reportedly used to take hours to get ready due to the prosthetics. The makers of the film gave Nawaz the spectacles of Bal Thackeray to get the perfect look. 

  • Thackeray was released two days after Bal Thackeray's 93rd birth anniversary. 

  • Thackeray marked the Hindi-language directorial debut of Abhijit Phanse. He had previously directed Marathi movie, Rege.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be next seen in Tannishtha Chatterjee's Roam Rome Mein. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Valentina Corti, Isha Talwar, Tannishtha Chatterjee, among others are starring the movie. It will hit the marquee soon. The movie is touted to be a psychological-drama film. Protection Status