30 October, 2020

The Last Lear

The film refuses to connect, boring you with its affected air. The narrative moves in fits and spurts, the intensity of relationships seems manufactured, conversations are awkward.

The Last Lear
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Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Preity Zinta, Shefali Chhaya, Divya Dutta, Prosenjit
Directed by Rituparno Ghosh
Rating: **

Yet another film gets described as Amitabh Bachchan’s best performance ever and falls woefully short. Agreed his character, Harish aka Harry, a former theatre actor insanely devoted to Shakespeare, is eccentric and idiosyncratic. Still Bachchan feels way too over the top and unhinged—at times, a replay of his previous characters, especially that of the teacher in Black; at others a reflection of his own larger-than-life personality. His Shakespearean soliloquies seem like Bollywood dialogue-baazi, delivered in the manner of those famous lines from Deewar: "Aaj khush to bahut hoge tum."

To be fair, he’s not the only one at fault. The film refuses to connect, boring you with its affected air. The narrative moves in fits and spurts, the intensity of relationships seems manufactured,...

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