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I am happy and relieved: Amitabh Bachchan

entertainment Updated: Sep 13, 2008 15:52 IST

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is happy and relieved.

"I am happy that people will be able to see my movie now," Bachchan said at a promotional event of the film The Last Lear in the capital.

The actor was reacting to the withdrawal of agitation by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena against his film The Last Lear.

Bachchan who plays a veteran thespian Harish Mishra in the film, said, "I loved the script and enjoyed doing this movie."

He said that it requires guts to invest in such a movie and congratulated the producer of the film, Arindam Chaudhuri for making this film.

When asked whether it was his best performance till date, the actor said, "I think it would be terrible for an actor to classify his best work. That would be end of his work. Let's not limit ourselves by saying that its my best work".

Producer Arindam Chaudhari was all praise for the director Rituparno Ghosh and the cast of the film.

"I call Ritu Da a magician as he weaves magic with a subject that has to do with relationships. It is a dream project and the character was tailor made for Mr Bachchan," he said.

"It's a story we believed in. It's what we categorise as good cinema," Chaudhari said.

Rituparno Ghosh, known for films like Unishe April, Chokher Bali and Raincoat seemed impressed by the work of his cast in the film. "I need actors who can transform a stimulus into performance and fortunately, I had such actors to do it in this film."

He was completely smitten by the 'Bachchan bug'. "After working with him, it becomes a bad habit as you want to work with him again and again. He does his work with unassuming humility" said Ghosh.

The director was elated that the controversy around this film was over. "What happened was an accident. It was not a healthy experience. We are happy that it is past now," he said.

Arjun Rampal, whose flagging career got a fresh shot of life after his performance in Rock On, plays 'Siddharth' in the film. "It was a great experience. Especially with Amitji, he is so giving as an actor."

Amitabh also encouraged Arjun and showered words of praise on him. "Arjun has been a wonderful colleague. I have seen him growing over the years. He is truly rock star of the country now."

The movie also has strong performances by Divya Dutta and Shefali Shah.

Shefali said that it was a dear film for her. "I play the character of 'Vandana' in this film. It helped me to discover myself and push myself to acting limits." she said.
Divya Dutta, known for her performances in Train to Pakistan and Veer-Zaara said that it was one of her most cherished experiences. "This role kept me on my toes and I enjoyed doing this film." she said.