Let’s just say that it’s a propaganda movie about the Hindu ideology of Shiv Sena disguising as a historical movie about Shiv Sena and Balasaheb Thackeray.
That the movie portrays the life and rise of Shiv Sena supremo Bala Thackeray is evident from the movie’s trailer itself.
What is not evident, is, to how much extent the political strategies and truth have been interpreted and molded to justify all the actions of hooliganism of the party which parted its ways with BJP just ahead of the elections.
In the movie, Thackeray is shown in the court, confidently admitting that his supporters did not demolish Babri Masjid, but cleaned the place.
In another dialogue, he says “Aaj ke bad jo Hinduon ki baat karega, vo Hindustaan par raaj karega”.
(Courtesy: India Today)
So we can say that the movie glorifies the image of Bal Thackeray to justify the actions of his party, Shiv Sena. To say that the party is not using its supremo for a political agenda, after a decade of his demise, would be wrong.
Of course, if we see the movie purely as a work of cinema, it has very little to offer to us. The movie is only saved by the strong performance of Nawazuddin Siddique, who claimed just before the release of the movie that he is not in support of any ideology and he has seen the movie only as one of his projects.