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Film Industry mourns Bal Thackeray’s death

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File photo shows Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray with Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in Mumbai on Oct 05, 2010. Photo:PTI
File photo shows Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray with Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in Mumbai on Oct 05, 2010. Photo:PTI

Personalities across the film industry on Saturday condoled the death of Bal Thackeray.

Tamil superstar Rajnikant described Thackeray as a great personality, and said he has lost a “father figure”.

Calling him a man of great “grit” and “conviction”, Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar and Ajay Devgnn condoled the demise of Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who had visited the ailing politician at his residence ‘Matoshree’ recently, said it is hard to believe that Thackeray is no more.

“I sat by his bedside for hours these past few days, a prayer in my heart, watching him struggling to breathe, but fighting. Each day he continued his struggle with a grit that was baffling even for the doctors on hand.

“And just a couple of hours back, as I stand next to his still, peaceful, saffron draped body, it is difficult to imagine that he has left us!,” Mr Bachchan, tweeted.

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar said Maharashra was “orphaned” by Thackeray’s death at the age of 86.

Hindu hriday samrat, param adarniya Shri Balasaheb Thackeray hum logon ko chhodke anant mein vileen ho gaye. Yeh satya hai ki aaj Maharashtra anaath ho gaya. (The king of Hindu hearts, Shri Balasaheb Thakeray left us for eternity. It is true that Maharashtra is orphaned today).”

Actor-producer Ajay Devgn said, “A man of convictions and a man of vision. A great leader. Rest in peace Balasaheb”

Director Ram Gopal Varma, whose Bachchan starrer ‘Sarkar’ was loosely based on Thackeray’s life, tweeted, “can’t ever forget the hug the real Sarkar gave me when he saw reel Sarkar... Bala saab was a true epitome of power in every sense of the word.”

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Filmstars used to kowtow to Haji Mastan and successor dons like Daud Ibrahim. Now they are falling over one another to praise Mr. Thackarey, whose party controls the Bollywood unions, and those who don't praise Bala-saheb might get problems when their movies or serials have to be shot.

from:  P. Datta
Posted on: Nov 18, 2012 at 23:19 IST

sir, not only Maharashtra whole India lost a hero. he is really like a tiger and guts to
speak about Hindus.majority of Indians have the same feelings but he is the one to
voice publicly and boldly. due to his stature only Maharashtra withstand the peace.
we may have no such personality at present.may his soul rest in peace.

from:  k srimaha
Posted on: Nov 18, 2012 at 07:17 IST
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