Actor Anil Kapoor recalled Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, also known as Balasaheb Thackeray, on his 97th birthday. Anil took to Twitter on Monday and posted a monochrome throwback photo featuring the actor and the politician. Anil also wrote a note for the deceased leader of Shiv Sena. (Also read | Anil Kapoor says that after decades in films it has become ‘more difficult’ to impress audiences)
In the photo, Anil smiled as she looked at it Bal Thackeray. Standing in front of the actor, the leader of Shiv Sena folded his hands towards him. There were also some people around them. Anil in the picture wore a suit while Balasaheb was dressed in a white ethnic outfit. Anil also posted another picture of Balasaheb in a saffron outfit.
The actor captioned the post, “If fearlessness had a face, it surely belonged to BalaSaheb. One of those leaders who inspired me through his sense of humour, humility and strength!”
Anil also wrote: “He will call me and say, ‘Aare Anil! Tumhari nayi film lagi hai! Abhi tak dikhai nahi (Anil, your new film has been released. You haven’t shown it to me yet)?’ I miss you #BalaSaheb! (folded hands emoji).”
Born in 1926 in Pune, Maharashtra, Bal Thackeray started his career as a cartoonist but later resigned. He then founded the Shiv Sena political party in 1966. He held no official positions during his political career. He died on November 17, 2012 after cardiac arrest. He turned 86.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Bal Thackeray and said he devoted his life to the common good. “I will remember Balasaheb Thackeray Ji on his birthday. I will always cherish my various interactions with him. He was blessed with rich knowledge and humor. He dedicated his life to the common good,” the prime minister tweeted Monday.
Anil will next be seen alongside Sobhita Dhulipala in The Night Manager. Aided by Sandeep Modi, the upcoming series also stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Tillotama Shome, Saswata Chatterjee and Ravi Behl.
It will be streaming on Disney+ Hotstar from February 17. The series is an official Hindi adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager. Aside from Night Manager, Anil will be seen in Siddharth Anand’s next Fighter alongside Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone.