Thackeray producer Sanjay Raut has confirmed that the second part of the biopic on the late Shiv Sena leader is likely to go on floors by mid-year. The film will examine Bal Thackeray’s role in the 1992 Mumbai riots and the events that followed until his death in 2012. "A lot has happened in his personal and professional life then on. It will be a vast story encapsulating his later life," Raut told mid-day.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who essays the role of Thackeray in the film, is currently shooting for Raat Akeli after which he will begin filming the second instalment, reports mid-day. “Nawaz Bhai's support has emboldened us to kickstart the second part soon after,” said Raut.
While the Abhijit Panse directorial has been accused of ignoring past controversial events such as the Babri Masjid demolition and the Mumbai riots that followed, Raut said that the makers will “maintain the fearless approach in making a movie that does justice to him (Bal Thackeray) in the true sense.”
"Journalism students have reached out to me to use the biopic as material for their work. Young people from UP and Bihar have discussed the film with me. Thackeray was a controversial man with a set of ideologies that are open to criticism. To show him for what he was required gumption," he said.