NEW DELHI:  Bollywood directors Shoojit Sircar and Rohit Shetty reviewed Nawazuddin Siddiqui's performance in the Bal Thackeray biopic. Shoojit Sircar, who watched the film on Wednesday, tweeted: "FilmThackeray portrays how an artist becomes a powerful political leader. The film is bold and powerful." TheOctober director referred to Nawazuddin as one of the "finest actors" in the film industry and added, "Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of our finest actors, roars like a tiger.. Congratulations to Sanjay Raut." Meanwhile, Rohit Shetty, who interacted with the media on the sidelines of the film's screening on Wednesday, said that Nawazuddin "portrayed Balasaheb fabulously" and told news agency IANS: "It's a job full of responsibility for an actor to pull off a character of a public figure but Nawaz has portrayed Balasaheb fabulously." The 45-year-old director added, "Nawaz is an outstanding actor and I think everyone says the same thing about him after the release of each of his films."

The list of admirers didn't just end there. Besides Shoojit Sircar and Rohit Shetty, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha also praised the lead actor and tweeted: "I'm told Nawazuddin Siddiqui is outstanding and it seems he has done complete justice to the role. He is credible and believable as he plays the late Shiv Sena Supremo, Balasaheb Thackeray."

Thackeray will open in theaters on January 25 but ahead of its release, a special screening was organised on Wednesday evening in Mumbai. The screening was attended by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the titular role in the film and Amrita Rao, who plays the role of Meena Tai Thackeray. Amrita Rao was accompanied her husband Anmol to the screening. Film's writer Sanjay Raut was also present at the screening. Besides team ThackerayPiku director Shoojit Sircar and Simmba director Rohit Shetty also watched the biopic.

Thackerayis a biopic based on the life of late politician Bal Thackeray, who was the founder of Shiv Sena. The film has been directed by Abhijit Panse and it has been written by Sanjay Raut. The film will open in theaters on Friday and it will clash with Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, which is a biopic on Rani Lakshmi Bai.