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Balasaheb Thackeray and Anand Dighe shared a teacher-disciple bond, says Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray

The Shiv Sena leader was speaking at the trailer launch of the biopic Dharmaveer, which was attended by Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Yami Gautam.

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The makers of Dharmaveer, a biopic of the late Shiv Sena leader Anand Dighe, launched the trailer of the film at a star-studded event in Mumbai. The event was attended by Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and Salman Khan, apart from other eminent personalities.

Thackeray, who was the chief guest, compared the relationship between his father — Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray — and Anand Dighe to the strong bond between a teacher and disciple. "I remember Balasaheb was very particular about punctuality and Dighe used to be told to come at 11 am, but he would always arrive by 2 pm, which would leave Balasaheb angry. But the moment Dighe would stand in front of him, all his anger would evaporate instantly; such was the bond between the two," the leader recalled.

Speaking about Dighe's loyalty towards his people and his party, Thackeray said, "Anand Dighe passed away when he was 50 years old but he worked day and night, which means he lived for 100 years. This film will teach you what true loyalty means. There won't be anyone like him."

Along with the Khan and Thackery, the trailer launch was also attended by Riteish Deshmukh, Bhagyashree, Gulshan Grover, Ameesha Patel and Yami Gautam.

Written and directed by Pravin Tarde, Dharmaveer stars Prasad Oak as Dighe. Produced by Sahil Motion Arts, Zee Studios and Mangesh Desai, Dharmaveer will arrive in theatres on 13 May.