Raj Shrikant Thackeray (Marathi: ??? ?????) (born June 14, 1968) is the founder president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena ("Maharashtra Reformation Army"), which is a regional party in the state of Maharashtra,India. He is the nephew of former Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, and a cousin of the current Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray.
Personal life Raj Thackeray was born on June 14, 1968 into a Marathi Kayastha (CKP) family and was named Swarraj Thackeray at birth. His father, Shrikant Thackeray was the younger brother of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, and his mother, Kunda Thackeray is the younger sister of Balasaheb Thackeray's wife Meena Thackeray. Raj's father Shrikant Thackeray was a musician, cartoonist and was well versed in several languages including Urdu. He was also keenly interested in movie making and made a couple of Marathi films. Raj is married to Sharmila, daughter of the famous Marathi actor, producer and director Mohan Wagh. They have a son named Amit and a daughter, Urvashi. Raj Thackeray was schooled at Bal Mohan Vidya Mandir School in the Central Mumbai suburb of Dadar, and graduated from the prestigious Sir J.J College of Art." Like his father and uncle, Raj is a gifted painter and a cartoonist. When asked what he would have done had he not joined politics Raj Thackeray said: "In my college days, I wanted to work with Walt Disney Studios. I drew cartoons even before my foray in politics. Film making is also a passion. I would have been doing either of these things."  Like his cousin Uddhav Thackeray Raj is also an avid photographer. He has published a photo-biography on his uncle titled 'Bal Keshav Thackeray' a photo-biography