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Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Natsamrat’ adaptation

Big B in 'The Last Lear'

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has given the green light to play an aging Shakespearean stage actor in Mahesh Manjrekar’s adaptation of V V Shirwadkar’s ‘Natsamrat’.

This is the first time Bachchan has agreed to be a part of an adaptation of Marathi literature, as reported by Times of India. It is reported that the script was something Manjrekar had been working on for over a year and took it to Bachchan for his approval last week sometime. Bachchan was a little apprehensive that the role may draw similarities to his character in Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘The Last Lear’ (2007).

Manjrekar clarifies, “I saw Rituparno Ghosh’s film to make sure there are no similarities between his film and mine. Mr Bachchan’s role in Natsamrat is completely different from The Last Lear. He plays a fading stage actor who forgets the difference between real life and the Shakespearean characters he plays. I feel at this stage in his career this is the kind of challenge Mr Bachchan needs. And he agrees”.

Because ‘Natsamrat’ is a stage adaptation, it is thought Bachchan will need to work on his character to suit the screen. He should be starting on this project soon after he returns from LA where he will be going for medical check-ups.