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Bala saab was never an anti-Muslim man: Sanjay Raut

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and film Sanjay Raut, who is also the of the forthcoming film "Thackeray" based on Thackeray, says that though there is a perception that the late was "anti-Muslim", it is not true.

The was present along with the cast and crew of the film for the launch of the song album here.

Asked if disliked and maintained a distance from the Muslim community, told the media: "Bala saab was never an anti-Muslim man. He was a true patriot. He was one of those lovers of the nation and people's person that never allowed caste and religion to come in between…

"People asked us why we cast Nawazuddin (Siddiqui) bhai as saab in the film. I would say that this is the biggest salute from us to the ideology of Bala saab. Also, note that Nakash Aziz sang the title song of 'Thackeray' because we believe that saab kept merit beyond religion."

Calling the "biggest nationalist", mentioned that "his vision was to bring people together for the development of the nation".

The event was also attended by Nawazuddin, Amrita Rao, Nakash, composers and Manoj Yadav, among others.

The film is releasing before the election. Asked if the story will influence people's mind to vote for a particular political party, said: "Look that film 'The Accidental Prime Minister' is made based on Sanjaya Baru's book. But our film is not based on any book, it is a life story. This is not a propaganda film. Like the way we watched films on Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, we will watch this film on saab."

Bala saab's son and grandson were also present at the event.

"We are releasing it between 1200 and 1300 screens in It includes Marathi and Hindi. Overseas...we are attempting around 400 screens," said Ajit Andhare, of

"Thackeray" is releasing on January 25.



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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 19:04 IST