He’s the last ‘King’ of Bollywood. Even at the other side of 60, Amitabh Bachchan is the reigning Shahenshah of moviedom. And no flames of Aag can lick this man. But all those suffering a momentary loss of faith have to do is view Rituparna Ghosh’s movie which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week. Even Shakespeare must’ve stirred from his 400-year-old slumber on hearing Big B’s rendition of his play. It had the celeb-studded audiences enthralled all right. His almost theatrical performance as an ageing Shakespearian actor leaves you feeling, ‘Yes! All the world’s definitely a stage’ for Amitabh Bachchan. Truly.
“Ironically, the role I play is that of an actor in Bengal, and in my early days I actually did do a lot of English amateur theatre there. This film gives a realistic approach not just to contemporary Calcutta, but to theatre and Shakespeare which many of you admire,” said Bachchan at the gala opening at the grand Roy Thomson Hall. This is AB’s first ever English language film, not that there’s any love lost for Hindi just yet.