Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was invited as a special guest at the launch of Thackeray, the biopic of late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, spoke about their bond. At the event, the Thugs of Hindostan actor narrated an incident when Balasaheb saved his life.
In 1982, the 76-year-old actor got severely injured during the shoot of Coolie in Bengaluru. Big B was in a critical state and had to be rushed to the hospital immediately. Due to stormy weather, it was difficult to find an ambulance. Balasaheb came to his rescue and arranged for a Shiv Sena ambulance for the actor.
“Balasaheb helped me when I needed it most. If it had not been for him, I would not have been alive today. We were very close to each other. I respect him a lot,” the actor said.
Talking about other instances, Bachchan described the Shiv Sena leader as a father figure and revealed that he was surprised to find a picture of him in the latter’s room.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be essaying the role of Bal Thackeray in the forthcoming film, Thackeray. Directed by Abhijit Panse, the film will be released in Hindi, Marathi, and English languages on January 24, 2019.