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KING LEAR: A new history in the making

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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No history is not being made for disallowing the release, the history for KING LEAR has been made as it is the first English film that has an all star cast from the world of Hindi cinema and it has been produced by a producer Arindam Chaudhary who believes in running his film business in the manner he runs his management school. It is also a film with which Rituparno Ghosh makes his debut and strives to widen his canvas, earlier focusing on making films in Bengali mainly.

For Big B it is indeed a monumental achievement as in his illustrious career he has scaled this ladder as well, of being the first actor from the mainstream commercial cinema probably, to star in an English film with the ambience of a Hindi cinema and his co-stars being whose-who of Hindi cinema viz., Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal etc.

With the Indian film industry going international in a big way and KING LEAR having won rave reviews at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and even the likes of Sir Richard Attenburrough enquiring about Amitabh Bachchan when he was in London to promote KING LEAR, it indeed is a defining moment for Big B in his four decade long illustrious career.

For a son of a father who used to teach English Literature in Allahabad it indeed is a defining moment as KING LEAR is associated with the persona of Shakespeare and it being associated with him, there is no other better language than English to interpret Shakespeare.

English films have been made by the Hindi film industry like BEING CYRUS, EVERYBODY SAYS I'M FINE, MUHAFFIZ etc., but the canvas of the scale has not been so large as it is in KING LEAR. Preity Zinta also would not have asked for a better film to undertake the second stage of transition in her career, of shifting to serious roles. For Arjun Rampal it indeed is a high as he is riding on the success of ROCK ON and in KING LEAR he would be able to present another facet of his acting abilities.

It is a step in a right direction of making films in English and not dubbing them and it could open a new market for the filmmakers, and KING LEAR could inspire more filmmakers who may find it difficult to make films in Hindi. What would happen to Hindi films then, take a guess?

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