Comments on: The Last Lear: Not Bachchan’s best but watch it for the performances http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/09/12/the-last-lear-not-bachchans-best-but-watch-it-for-the-performances/ Bollywood and culture in an emerging India Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:39:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Hulbi http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/09/12/the-last-lear-not-bachchans-best-but-watch-it-for-the-performances/comment-page-1/#comment-303 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 06:18:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/09/12/the-last-lear-not-bachchans-best-but-watch-it-for-the-performances/#comment-303 Hi Shilpa, I saw the movie and disagree with you on most of the points.
I think the Sir/Shri Amitabh Bachchan (which I think he should be called) has stirred the screen in this movie more than ever. The comparable performances are Agnipath and Black only. But if i am to put an order to his performance in these movies then it would be
1. Lear
2. Black
3. Agnipath
Simply because black could still be called commercialized cinema as compared to Lear. He seems more convinced as a Shakespearen than as a blind school teacher.
Arjun Rampal was the second best performer in the movie but to his dismay and delight, most of his scenes were with Sir Bachchan, who overshadowed everything else around him.
Infact I can say that I felt that the screen would darken whenever Sir Bachchan would appear leaving only him as a visible entity. You would want to see more of Sir Bachchan throughout the movie.
The pace of the movies was slow but fast enough not to make it boring.
I think its the only movie I could rate more than 4/5 after Black that was released in 2005.

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By: Rituparna Bhowmik http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/09/12/the-last-lear-not-bachchans-best-but-watch-it-for-the-performances/comment-page-1/#comment-302 Sun, 14 Sep 2008 10:46:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/09/12/the-last-lear-not-bachchans-best-but-watch-it-for-the-performances/#comment-302 Another well-written review from Shilpa. Honestly the only thing holding me back was my reservation about Ghosh’s directorial skills in commercial Hindi cinema. He is usually good and occasionally brilliant in a controlled environment with actors who go back a long way with him. Handling Amitabh isn’t quite the same as handling Soumitro, who I feel is equally if not more brilliant than Bachchan. But your review has aroused my curiosity. I’m looking forward to seeing the film. Keep them coming.

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By: vivek khandelwal http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/09/12/the-last-lear-not-bachchans-best-but-watch-it-for-the-performances/comment-page-1/#comment-300 Sat, 13 Sep 2008 08:06:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/09/12/the-last-lear-not-bachchans-best-but-watch-it-for-the-performances/#comment-300 hmm this movie had created ripples much before it release.
the reviews so far have been amazing…
It deserves to be on the TO WATCH list if it has lifetime performances.
Thanx for the review.

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