New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan's performance in "The Last Lear" has been tagged as his best ever. But he says that his best is yet to be seen.
"It would be a terrible day for an artiste if people classify his contribution as his best. That would be the end of his work. There is always an opportunity to work better and the best is yet to come," Amitabh said.
He added: "I am a simple actor. As long as I am offered challenging roles, I would like to take them and experiment with acting always."
Amitabh was here with his team of "The Last Lear" including actors Arjun Rampal, Shefali Shah and Divya Dutta, director Rituparno Ghosh and producer Arindam Chaudhuri to promote the film last week.
Though Preity Zinta plays a pivotal role in the film, she gave the event a miss, as she was busy shooting for a film abroad.
My loyalty towards Jaya will never change: Rituparno Ghosh
Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, who has for the first time directed acting legend Amitabh Bachchan in "The Last Lear", is a big fan of Amitabh's wife Jaya. But even after working with Amitabh, Ghosh says his loyalty towards Jaya will not change.
"I have grown up with Jaya di's films. I used to be a major Jaya Bachchan fan and I am a major admirer of her acting prowess. After working with Amit da, I can say that he gives a lot of warmth and works with immense sincerity. It was a valuable experience working with him, but my loyalty towards Jaya di will never change," Ghosh told reporters here.
He added: "She is for us a trendsetter of modernity in Indian cinema. Her acting comprised all moods."
Ghosh is primarily famous for his unconventional cinema like "Dahan" in Bengali and "Raincoat" in Hindi. "The Last Lear", about the conflict between theatre and cinema, is the first English film that he has directed.
The filmmaker has earlier worked with Amitabh's son Abhishek in the Bengali film "Antarmahal" and with his daughter-in-law Aishwarya in "Chokher Bali".
He is also working with Jaya for his next film "Sunglass" that would also star R. Madhavan, Konkona SenSharma, Raima Sen and Naseerudin Shah.
Divya Dutta's autograph hoax
Actress Divya Dutta pulled a fast one on co-actor Shreyas Talpade while shooting for the forthcoming comedy film "Welcome To Sajjanpur" when she posed as Ramesh to fool Shreyas into signing an autograph.
"Shooting for 'Welcome To Sajjanpur' was great fun! I used to trouble Shreyas a lot while shooting. In fact, one day I changed my voice and went to him and asked him to give an autograph on a paper. I said: 'Hello! I am Ramesh!'. It was hilarious," Divya told IANS.
She added: "It was a fun unit. It's Shyam Benegal's first comedy film and I hope it turns out well."
The song "Sitaram sitaram", sung by K.K. is becoming hugely popular among youth for its peppy flavour. Divya says she loved grooving to the song, as it was not choreographed but impromptu.
"Welcome To Sajjanpur" is about a contemporary Indian village and stars Shreyas and Amrita Rao in leading roles.