The Last Lear


The Last LearAfter watching such a fine work of art, one would run short of word to review the film. by is a literary masterpiece and to transform it into words is a tough endeavor. A die-hard fan of Shakespeare would love watching the movie. Rituparna Ghosh is a wonderful storyteller. He usually tells an intense story which is sometimes hard to retell. Rituparno enjoys telling story deviated from the normal. His earlier delivery like Chokher Bali, Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai starrer Raincoat and Soha Ali Khan and Abhishek Bachchan’s Antar Mahal are some of his off-beat films that require special mention to describe his fabulous work piece.

is purely Shakespearian. In this film, is shown living the life of Shakespeare as he enacts the role of his play. In the process, he lives the life of the great poet. Big B is in his best of work. With long hair and hazy get-up, he is upbeat. Adapted from Utpal Dutt’s play Aajkar Shahjahaan, is not an adaptation of Shakespeare’s work but it tells the story of theatre actor who loves to enact only Shakespeare’s play.
Harishraj Mishra aka Harry (
) is a Shakespeare maniac. He loves enacting the roles of the Shakespeare play. Though out his life, Harry has played immense characters from Shakespearean plays. He is heart-broken when a break in comes before the opening of King Lear, the play which he has been dying to enact for his entire life. On one fine day, director Siddharth Kumar (Arjun Rampal) approached him with a wonderful script. On listening to the script of ‘The Mask’, Harry’s happiness knew no bounds. Siddharth too is a Shakespearean’s fan and he has basically acquired expertise in writing Shakespeare’s script. As the two share the same taste, they had developed a wonderful rapport.     

While working in the film, Harry comes in contact with Shabnam (
) an aspiring actor who wished to take acting tips from him. A new friendship develops between the two. But one particular incident has completely changed Harry’s life. Ail Harry lying on the bed and even unable to attend the premiere of his highly anticipated film The Mask. Depressed Siddharth refused to visit him while Shabnam tried her level best to bring him back to life. Then Shabnam breaks into a strong conversation with Vandana (a woman living with Harry, played by Shefali Shah) and Ivy (Harry’s nurse, played by Divya Dutta) and journalist (Jishu Sengupta). Here’s comes a stage where words get stuck and only emotions flow.

Speaking about the performances,
is remarkable. He shows that how tough the character may be, he is capable of portraying any role with full perfection. Acting comes automatically to him. Day by day, Arjun Rampal is growing as an actor. His acting is creditable. Shefali Shah shows how much experience she is. Divya Dutta played her part well. Jishu Sengupta is O.K.  Last but not the least is , she has showed that she can depict non-glamorous roles also flawlessly. She is a true artist and sans makeup, she ruled throughout the film.

In a nutshell,
is a movie to cherish for the life-time. Due to its deviated script, it may not appeal all section of people. Being a parallel film, the box-office collection may not be too promising. But the film deserves full credit.