Life Goes On (King Lear) (Datta, 2009)

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Life Goes On (King Lear)

 

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.

Life Goes On (King Lear)

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Trailer for Life Goes On (2009)

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.more

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. less

Opening Sequence – Cordelia Rehearses

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,–...more

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. less

Cordelia Rehearses (continued)

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.

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. less

Sanjay Interviewed on TV

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

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

Sanjay remembering Imtiaz

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

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

Dia remembers her mother

Dia enters her mother’s room, sees her sitar, remembers Manju playing it, and starts crying.more

Dia enters her mother’s room, sees her sitar, remembers Manju playing it, and starts crying. less

Manju in the garden

Manju is walking in the garden, singing “still remember me”more

Manju is walking in the garden, singing “still remember me” less

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