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Life Goes On, dir. Sangeeta Datta, 2009

A contemporary film adaptation of King Lear, set in modern-day London, centred on the life of three generations of immigrants of a Hindu family from Bengal. Stormglass Productions.

The aging father and respected physician, Sanjay Banerjee, finds himself in Learesque situations. After the death of his wife, he divides his wealth among his children and misunderstand Dia, the youngest daughter and most caring one. As a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Dia plays Cordelia in a student performance of King Lear.

Official film website: http://www.stormglassproductions.com/Stormglass/Life_Goes_On.html 

 

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London-based Dr. Sanjay Banerjee, an ardent Hindu, is prejudiced against Muslims. One day, he returns to his million-pound home to find his wife, Manju, passed out. She is declared dead upon arriving at the hospital due to a massive coronary. Sanjay is consoled by his friend, Alok, who also notifies his three daughters, Lolita, Tuli, and Dia. While preparing for the funeral, reminiscing about this life with Manju, the devastation his family experienced during the time of partition, he meets with each of his daughters, and finds Lolita, who has two children, is having marital problem with her Caucasian husband, John; Career-minded Tuli is in a Lesbian relationship; but nothing will prepare him for the shock when he finds out that aspiring-stage actress, Dia, is not only in love with a Muslim named Imtiaz, but is also pregnant.

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    Life Goes On (King Lear)

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    Life Goes On, dir. Sangeeta Datta, 2009 - Opening Sequence - Cordelia Rehearses

    Note: Opening sequence. As a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Dia plays Cordelia in a student performance of King Lear.

    CORDELIA (to Lear): I yet beseech your majesty,--
    If for I want that glib and oily art,
    To speak and purpose not [OMITTED: since what I well intend,
    I'll do't before I speak,]--that you make known
    It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness,
    No unchaste action, or dishonour'd step,
    That hath deprived me of your grace and favour;
    But even for want of that for which I am richer,
    A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue
    As I am glad I have not, though not to have it
    Hath lost me in your liking.

    Life Goes On, dir. Sangeeta Datta, 2009 - Cordelia Rehearses (continued)

    Note: Continued from the previous clip. As a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Dia plays Cordelia in a student performance of King Lear.

    Trailer - Life Goes On, dir. Sangeeta Datta, 2009

    Note: Trailer for Stormglass Productions' contemporary film adaptation of King Lear, set in modern-day London, centred on the life of three generations of immigrants of a Hindu family from Bengal.

    Life Goes On, dir. Sangeeta Datta (UK, 2009) - Sanjay Interviewed on TV

    Note: Sanjay is interviewed on TV and shares his memories of the partition of India and of how his family fled the country.

    Life Goes On, dir. Sangeeta Datta (UK, 2009) - Sanjay remembering Imtiaz

    Note: Sanjay tries to sleep in an armchair but memories of Imtiaz stir him. He sits up and takes up the phone.

    Life Goes On, dir. Sangeeta Datta (UK, 2009) - Dia remembers her mother

    Note: Dia enters her mother's room, sees her sitar, remembers Manju playing it, and starts crying.

    Life Goes On, dir. Sangeeta Datta (UK, 2009) - Manju in the garden

    Note: Manju is walking in the garden, singing "still remember me"