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One looks for challenges everyday as an actor- Big B

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Amitabh Bachchan
New Delhi (UNI) He has been heaped with accolades for his performance in Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear with film analysts in India and abroad and many a personality from the world of International cinema terming his performance as the Shakespearan actor Harry in the film his best, surpassing even his National award winning act in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black. Superstar of the Millennium Amitabh Bachchan, however, feels that rating a particular work as his best amounts to limiting his worth as an actor.

''I think it would be a terrible day for any artist, if he were to classify himself, his work or creativity. I think it would be very limiting to his contribution towards cinema, if he was to say this particular work is his best...that would be the end of his worth.

''My best is yet to come. But, as actors we look for challenges everyday. I hope there will be an opportunity to do our best in our forthcoming films. So, let us not limit and constrain ourselves with every film that comes out by saying this has been the best,'' Big B told reporters after a press meet here last night post the premiere of his film 'The Last Lear'.

Describing himself as an ordinary actor, who looked to take up new challenges, Amitabh said, ''it is every actor's desire that he get a role that poses a challenge to him as an artist. I am an ordinary actor, who believes that he would like to accept another challenging role that Rituparno Ghosh offers me.'' Releasing in theatres worldwide today, 'The Last Lear', produced by Planman Pictures of Prof Arindham Chaudhry, has Amitabh play the role of the Shakespearan actor Harry, who loves Shakespeare and lives, breathes and dreams theatre. It's about what happens when he is induced to the world of cinema, which he absolutely detests, by a young, cool and smart director Siddharth.

The film's premiere at the Select city walk mall saw the presence of the entire cast and crew of the film except for Preity Zinta, who is in Toronto for the screening her film at the Toronto International Film festival. Present on the occasion were director Rituparno Ghosh, producer Arindham Chaudhry of Planman pictures, the CEO of Planman Shubho Shekhar Bhattacharya and actors Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta and Shefali Shah.

On working with the Rituparno Ghosh, Big B, as Amitabh is lovingly known in film circles, said, ''"Ritu da is a great family friend. He has a great connection with Jaya. He made a film 'Abar Aranya' with Abhishek. I feel it was my turn to work with him. He came up with this fantastic script which we all loved and enjoyed.'' On the preparations done by him for Shakespearan actor Harry's role , he said, ''When Ritu da narrated me the script, the first thing that came to my mind was that since the film was about a Shakespearan actor, one needs to gather some knowledge about Shakespeare. During my school days, I had interest in Shakespeare and even performed Shakespeare's plays. Not many people know that my father Harivansh Rai Bachchan has translated his plays like Macbeth, Othello and Lear in Hindi. And when he translated Hamlet in Hindi, he dedicated the book to me with a hope that some day I would play Hamlet.

''I also remember my mother Teji Bachchan staging Macbeth at a theatre in AIFACS in Delhi, which was inaugurated by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Thereafter, she did Othello, in which I played a small role. Further, during our discussions, Ritu da gave me some books on Shakespeare and DVDs with performances by Shakespearean actors. Though it was difficult for me to read all the books, I nevertheless tried to incorporate some things from them in my character of Harry.''

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