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  • Don’t miss Thackeray. It’s like a gym session that gives you a high. You can actually feel the adrenaline pumping, many a time during the film.

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  • ...is a well-made and well-told biopic...

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  • ...Thackeray’s legacy when it comes to Mumbai and Maharashtra politics can’t be denied. He became a god for millions and this biopic comes close to introducing us to his persona. That said, he was more than the sum of images that the present film invokes and maybe we won’t ever get the true picture...

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  • ...an affectionately remembered portrait.

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  • The riled up speeches, the unapologetic candour and the larger-than-life persona is presented without a veil. While the honesty is commendable, it comes across that the lead character’s political motivations lack clarity. Perhaps a more seasoned writer could have fleshed out Thackeray’s character and eccentricities a lot better.

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  • Is like a well-made horror film. It is well-made that is why it scares you. And of course, that it is all real-life doesn’t help.

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  • Even the hagiographic ones would be of two kinds: One that show an augmented picture of the leader, or as they say, an 'image makeover exercise'. And the other that revealed a truer picture of him and still be proud of it. Thackeray falls in the latter category.

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  • There’s a thin yet distinct line between mimicking and articulating an impression. Siddiqui manages to capture the cartoonist-turned-politician’s tone and spirit but retains his own interpretation of Thackeray.

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  • ...is surprisingly well made. Nawazuddin Siddiqui makes for a great Thackeray, but the script sticks to the major events of his political life, leaving you wishing the film had shown him more human than hero of the masses.

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  • A celebratory epic that’s less about a leader’s psyche than his penchant for punch lines.

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  • ...is a worshipful home video in the guise of a full-length feature film...

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  • A critical biopic was never on the cards; the only question, really, is how vitriolic it was going to be. Thackeray is 2 hours and 19 minutes, so the hate is spread out. The problem is, the scenes which exist only to praise Thackeray’s altruism and courage are bland. The nasty moments kept me engaged and enraged.

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  • There is no doubt that the film is speaking to the converted. But what is interesting in the movie is the question of the how and why of cinema being used to preserve distinct political constituencies by so many parties and ideologies. Especially, at this juncture of our history.

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  • ...a cinematic lionising of a political career that thrived on exclusionary, majoritarian muscle-flexing. Not a great idea in these fractious times. As provocative as the politics it celebrates, Thackeray is a film that is best left alone.

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  • The film is not just a justification but a no holds barred celebration of the ruthlessness.

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  • Produced by Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut, the film barely goes beyond being the audio-visual version of Sena's official newspaper.

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  • This is either an oblivious or blatantly self-aware film, a work not of propaganda as much as it is a work of pride, celebrating a legacy of violence.

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  • Subtlety, or, for that matter, reason, are hardly to be expected from Thackeray, a 139-minute propaganda video for the Shiv Sena as it gears up for the Lok Sabha election later this year.

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  • ...here is nothing in the film that can pass off as cinema. Thackeray works better in election rallies than in theatres.

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