Actor Anil Kapoor remembered Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, also known as Balasaheb Thackeray, on his 97th birth anniversary. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Anil posted a monochrome throwback picture featuring the actor and the politician. Anil also penned a note for the late Shiv Sena leader. (Also Read | Anil Kapoor says it’s become ‘tougher’ to impress audience after decades in films)
In the picture, Anil smiled while looking at Bal Thackeray. Standing in front of the actor, the Shiv Sena leader folded his hands at him. A few people were also seen around them. Anil in the photo 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 certainly 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 me it yet)?’ Miss you #BalaSaheb! (folded hands emoji).”
Born in 1926, in Pune, Maharashtra, Bal Thackeray began his career as a cartoonist but later quit his job. He then founded the political party Shiv Sena in 1966. He did not hold any official positions during his political career. He died on November 17, 2012, after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 86.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Bal Thackeray, saying he devoted his life to public welfare. “Remembering Balasaheb Thackeray Ji on his birth anniversary. I will always cherish my various interactions with him. He was blessed with rich knowledge and wit. He devoted his life to public welfare,” the prime minister tweeted on Monday.
Anil will be seen next in The Night Manager alongside Sobhita Dhulipala. Helmed by Sandeep Modi, the upcoming series also stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Tillotama Shome, Saswata Chatterjee, and Ravi Behl.
It will stream on Disney+ Hotstar from February 17. The series is an official Hindi adaptation of John le Carre’s novel The Night Manager. Apart from Night Manager, Anil will be seen in Siddharth Anand’s next Fighter alongside Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone.