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Amitabh to play King Lear

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Few weeks back, we reported that Amitabh Bachchan has signed a Rituparno's English film. And, here's giving up some updates in the film. The film is tentatively titled The Last Lear. It is said that the film is a tribute to Utpal Dutt as the film is based on his play 'Aajker Shahjahan'.

According to producer Arindam Choudhuri, when Amitabh heard that the film is based on Utpal Dutt's Bengali play, he immediately agreed to work on this film. Interestingly, Amitabh began his career as an actor with Utpal Dutt in Saat Hindustani.

Choudhuri informs that Amitabh was the first choice for the role of Shakespeare's King Lear. In The Last Lear, Amitabh Bachchan will play an old but passionate, fading Shakespearean actor.

After Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal has also been signed for the project. Divya Dutta and Shefali Shah will also star in the film.

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