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The Last Lear (2007)

An aging Shakespearean actor takes on one of the bard's most challenging roles. Based on Utpal Dutt's play "Aajker Shahjahan".

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Harish 'Harry' Mishra
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Siddharth Kumar
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Vandana (as Shefali Shah)
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Gautam (as JIsshu Sengupta)
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Ramesh (as Shahbaz Khan)
Sudip Mukherjee
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Rajiv (as Prosenjit Chatterjee)
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Girl at the Diwali celebration (as Hue Xin)
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Film-maker Siddharth Kumar is receiving guests at his premiere 'The Mask' which stars Harish Mishra, Shabnam, amongst others. He finds out that Shabnam is not attending and is not available. The reason why she cannot attend is that she has gone to visit the ailing main actor of this movie, Harish, who was injured while filming. She sits with his mistress, Vandana, and Nurse Ivy, and recount Harish's life; his meeting with Journalist, Gautam, and subsequently Siddharth himself; the installation of a camera to view people walking on the street as well as males who urinate on the walls. As they await to hear the initial reviews of the film both Shabnam and Ivy must also deal with personal issues involving their respective spouses. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Gautam: The premier of your first film is always special, but not if Diwali is on the same day. People are generally busy with celebrations at home. It is unlikely that all the invitees will turn up - especially if it's an off-beat film.
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Wonderful script -- Amitabh at his best again!
18 October 2008 | by (San Jose, CA, US) – See all my reviews

The Last Lear is a very intelligently and well-made movie. Shakespearean dialogs and references are used cleverly. Amitabh Bachchan is mesmerizing. Once again, he defeats his toughest competition--himself. He improves noticeably with each and every film. As his character demands, Amitabh gives a performance full of passion and vigor. Each scene is very nicely executed making it a pleasure to watch be it when the three women are dealing with their frustrations in the middle of the night or when Amitabh and Arjun are trying to stop people from urinating in public areas. The emotions are beautifully relayed across the screen. Shefali Shah is also fantastic. I'm not an avid reader by any stretch of imagination, but I enjoyed this one. However, those who are put off by art cinema might not fancy this flick.


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