Shiv Sena worker says no film will be allowed to clash with Thackeray; makers clarify this is not party's stand


Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Thackeray, a biopic based on the life of Shiv Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, has created a stir in the film fraternity ever since it was announced. In fact, several reports recently suggested that Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) asked for changes in the dialogues just before the trailer launch of the film.

Now in a recent development, Bala Lokare, secretary of Chitrapat Sena, a Sena-affiliated film workers' union, has issued threats to the competitors of Thackeray, saying that the party will not allow any other film to release on January 25. "If anyone does release a film, then we will give them a Shiv Sena-style answer," he had said in a Facebook post. For the unversed, Emraan Hashmi's Cheat India and Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi are also eyeing the Republic Day 2019 for their release.

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="647"] Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Bal Thackeray in Sanjay Raut's film[/caption]

However, amidst the threat, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, the producer of Thackeray, clarified that Lokare’s comments were not the party’s official stand. “It seems like just spontaneous reactions from supporters. Not allowing any other film to release along with Thackeray on January 25 is not the party’s stand," he told a leading daily.

Interestingly, Kamal Jain, producer of Manikarnika, also told the daily that he will discuss the matter with the Shiv Sena to arrive at a an "amicable and viable conclusion that works for both films". In fact, Tanuj Garg, whose Cheat India is slated to clash with Thackeray, has claimed that he will review the current situation as well.

Now will the clash of three films happen at the box-office or will it be averted due to Shiv Sena worker's threat, is still left to be seen.