Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to step into Bal Thackeray's shoes for his biopic, titled Thackeray. While we have already seen the teaser of the movie, the film is yet to be shot. If you have seen the teaser, you will agree that it is fantastic and Nawaz has picked up Thackeray's look, style, nuances and a lot of other things. But he is still learning the way Balasaheb Thackeray used to speak. In fact, Nawazuddin has never spoken Marathi on the big screen and for playing Thackeray, who used to give hard hitting speeches in the language, the actor is working doubly hard for the movie. So he is not only undergoing vocal training, but also learning Marathi from scratch.
Nawazuddin is training with Marathi tutor Aashish Pathode since the past few days and looks like he has already made a considerable progress. To know more details about how Nawaz is training, how long it will take him to get it correct and much more, we got in touch with Aashish and here's what he had to say!
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a fantastic actor and he will be playing a popular politician like Bal Thackeray in the movie. How does it feel working on such a major project?
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and I are from the same institue - National School of Drama. So it is a very, very big thing for me to work with a senior. We all know he is such a fantastic actor, so I will learn a lot of things from him too. Yes, I am teaching him Marathi and trying to make him sound like Balasaheb Thackeray, so, it is a huge moment in my life. (ALSO READ - Thackeray teaser: Nawazuddin Siddiqui brings Bal Thackeray ALIVE and gives us the goosebumps)
Could you share some details about the whole training process that Nawazuddin is undergoing?
See Hindi is a softly spoken language, but Marathi on the other hand is slightly harder in terms of pronunciation. It is a difficult task to get the pronunciation and tone right and hence, we are working on it. We did not want him to sound like he is just reading some words or lines, we wanted him to get the nuances of pronunciation and the perfect tone while delivering the dialogues and speeches. When we speak in Hindi, we use the words in a softer way, but in Marathi it is produced in a harder way.
So we started with the alphabets, then we went to the words and how to pronounce them correctly and then we went on to Balasaheb's references. Balasaheb used a lot of nuances to make words stronger, like his hand gestures and postures. These actions made the words seem more fiery. We used these observations and put it along with the words to make him look and feel like the real Balasaheb Thackeray. We even saw his videos and picked up a lot of things from there.
According to you, how much time will it take him to deliver dialogues like Balasaheb Thackeray?
Nawazuddin has made a lot of progress. He has already covered up most of the speeches of Balasaheb Thackeray. We covered that in 20-25 days and I guess, we still have 20-25 days to get some more finesse into all his dialogues and speeches. Currently we are training for 3 hours a day. (ALSO READ - Nawazuddin Siddiqui: People questioned my ability to speak Marathi for my role in 'Thackeray')
Nawazuddin has never spoken Marathi on screen, so was it difficult to teach him the language?
Nawazuddin is a fantastic actor and his grasping power is really good, so it wasn't difficult for him to pick up things. Obviously, if you are not from that particular region and you don't know the language and if you have to learn the language, then it will be tough to get the pronunciation right away. But slowly and steadily, we worked systematically and he has made a lot of progress. So now it doesn't feel that he doesn't know language. There are moments, when you feel he is still learning, but it does not feel any longer that he doesn't know the language. He has already won half the battle and now we just need to keep working on it.
What research did you do before starting the training?
I read the whole biography and because the film shows us everything till 1995, during which a common man, this cartoonist becomes a politician, I studied everything about his life during that time. His journey from his political entry to becoming a successful leader, I studied everything. I saw all his available videos and the pieces he had written. In front of the mic, he had a strong voice, but in real life, when he was a cartoonist and when he was fighting for the common man, at that time, what would his voice and pronunciation be like? I studied his lifestyle, how he behaved with his family and imparted everything to Nawazuddin. (ALSO READ - Nawazuddin Siddiqui was the only actor considered for 'Thackeray': Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut)
We worked on how he spoke to everyone in his family, his co-workers, his office members, friends and kids. We focused on the minute details too. And if you know, Balasaheb made use of his throat and his bass while speaking, but Nawaz's voice is more nasal and from the throat. That was giving rise to a husky tone. So we had to make Nawaz's voice sound like Balasaheb's deep and strong voice. For that, we are doing a lot of vocal exercises and breathing exercises, so that we can create such a voice. I am sure, he will sound exactly like Balasaheb in the movie. He will take those dramatic pauses and sound, behave like him exactly.
So that was everything you need to know about Nawazuddin's prep for the Thackeray biopic. Anyway, how excited are you to see Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the Bal Thackeray biopic? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to BollywoodLife as we get you all the dope and updates about Thackeray right here.
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