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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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Rituparno Ghosh

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Utpal Dutt (inspired by), Rituparno Ghosh (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Harish 'Harry' Mishra
Preity Zinta ... Shabnam
Arjun Rampal ... Siddharth Kumar
Shefali Shah ... Vandana
Jishu Sengupta ... Gautam (as JIsshu Sengupta)
Divya Dutta ... Ivy
Shahbaaz Khan ... Ramesh (as Shahbaz Khan)
Sudip Mukherjee Sudip Mukherjee
Prasenjit Chatterjee ... Rajiv (as Prosenjit Chatterjee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anil Kuriakose Anil Kuriakose ... Venky
Hu Xin Hu Xin ... Girl at the Diwali celebration (as Hue Xin)
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

English | Bengali | Hindi

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aajker Shahjahan See more »

Filming Locations:

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Budget:

INR100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$341,388
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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[first lines]
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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Nothing Rituparno about it
23 January 2009 | by AvinashPatalaySee all my reviews

I watched "Raincoat" I thought it was "Satyajit Ray with commercial sensibilities" product. Needless to say I was excited about Rituparno Ghosh – Big B combo. "If not better than ¨Black¨ at least equal" was my expectation.

Rituparno is excellent when it comes to extraction the best in terms of performances, so lets not even go there.

The spoilt-sport is the content itself which fails to connect. Too many flashbacks hamper the narrative. The screenplay could have been sleek and execution more taut.

Yes, there are many layers to the characters in the movie but a few of them unwarranted leading to overkill. "Two is a party and three is a crowd", thereby one-to-one conversation between Preity & Shefali would have been apt. Divya Dutta's character was unwarranted, perhaps forced to drive the message of domestic violence and abuse.

Unlike others from the same clan, I expected Rituparno to be secular but guess he succumbs to blowing the trumpet. Too many Bengali references and unnecessary mouthing dialogues in Bengali.

O. Henry kind of ending was decipherable in "Raincoat" but in "The Last Lear" the open-ended question seemed more like a can of mysteries.


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