The Last Lear is a film directed by Rituparno Ghosh one of the finest storytellers of Bengal. He has choosen Utpal Dutt's play 'Aajker Shahjahan' as the premise for his new endeavours The Last Lear. The film has some beautiful moments and the characters are also played by some promimnent names. But that is not enough. Such a theme may hold some appeal for those into theatre, but do not work in cinematic level.
Harry [Amitabh Bachchan] lives for acting, loves theatre, adores Shakespeare and absolutely detests cinema. He has given up on his craft because someone said something about his 'live-in' relationship with Vandana (Shefali). He knows the stage like the back of his hand.
Harry meets Siddharth (Arjun Rampal), a stubborn director and the two hit it off together. Siddharth has a film in mind and Harry is not aware. Slowly, they bond over coffees, vodka and conversations. Harry decides to work in Siddharth's film. New relationship blossoms. They spend some 'buddy' moments bonding big time before the movie goes on the floors. But an incident changes everything.
On the acting front, Amitabh Bachchan is the life of this film but this is not his best performance so far. Arjun is evolving into a fine actor. Preity is very effective. Shefali Shah is superb. Divya Dutta as the night nurse in charge of Harry, troubled by her own demanding boyfriend gives off a very good performance. Prosenjit is alright. Jishu impresses.
On the whole, this movie is not for your everyday junta. It fails to connect. At best, it may find some patronage at Festivals, but there's nothing for Indian moviegoers.