The Last Lear Story
The Last Lear," one of few Bollywood films to be made in English, opened in Indian cinemas on Friday, a year after it premiered at the Toronto film festival.
Ghosh said his film's protagonist is also similar to the ageing monarch of Shakespeare's "King Lear."
"Metaphorically, the vulnerability of old age, an old man who is taken advantage of, is represented in the film," he said.
For Bachchan, the role of Harry and the way he used Shakespeare's language to illustrate his points brought back memories of his own early acting days.
"I have enjoyed so many of his (Shakespeare's) plays, it's difficult to say which one is my favorite," he told a news conference this week.
There were doubts about the film's release for a while.A regional political party in Mumbai, the home of Bollywood, had threatened to boycott Bachchan's films after his wife Jaya apparently promoted Hindi over Marathi, the city's local language.
Posters of the film were torn down and a theatre screening the film vandalized, forcing producers to cancel its premiere earlier this week.
But the party called off the boycott of Bollywood's first family after Bachchan apologized for Jaya's off-the-cuff remark, allowing "The Last Lear" to make it to cinemas on schedule.
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