Thackeray opened to an underwhelming figure on Day 1 at the box-office (Rs 2.75 crore approximately). The biographical film, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, chronicles Bal Thackeray’s journey from setting up Shiv Sena to eventually ruling Mumbai. On Day 2, the film has picked up however the figure falls short of expectations, yet again - Thackeray collected Rs 4.5 crore approximately, according to a report in Box-office India.
Goes without saying, the makers had expected higher footfalls considering the buzz the trailer had generated. However, the film’s limited screens did not help it in any way. When we walked out of the theatre, not many scenes stay with us. Not discounting Nawazuddin’s talent or Abhijit Panse’s directorial abilities but they both have fallen short of a tough task.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui As Balasaheb Thackeray
SpotboyE.com Editor, Vickey Lalwani, gave Thackeray 2.5 stars and wrote, “For the details and record, I liked Nawaz when we worked at the Free Press Journal and the Nawaz when he built up a team to become a rebellious leader. But from the moment, he turns politician, he goes into a shell as if he is constantly looking behind his shoulder (of course, not literally). Panse too does not help the cause, as almost at that very point, he makes the film's pace distinctly inconsistent thereafter- sometimes it's dragging, sometimes it's running at breakneck speed. The climax too looks an extremely hurried job. So yeah, criticism (constructive) is due for the screenplay writer too- but that's again Panse!”
Amrita Rao And Nawazuddin Siddiqui
He added, “7/10 to Nawazuddin for sinking into the role very hard. No doubt he has thrown all his sincerity into it. But I can't avoid deleting those 3 marks from this excellent actor's performance when I look at it in totality- as he doesn't bring out Thackeray's personality sufficiently to the fore.”
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