Review: ‘Life Goes On’ is not just another migration story
Sangeeta Dutta’s ‘Life Goes On’ is a poignant tale of migrant communities, trying to salvage their identity at the onslaught of great racial and religious divide.
Starring Sharmila Tagore, Girish Karnad, Om Puri and Soha Ali Khan, ‘Life Goes On’ revolves around a typical Bengali-Brit family, where Girish plays a soft-spoken doctor, whose world turns upside down after the sad demise of his wife Manju (Sharmila).
The unfortunate death of Manju pushes husband Girish, friend Om Puri and daughters, Dia (Soha Ali Khan), Lolita and Tulika to the brink, where each of them undergoes a drastic transformation, struggling to keep up with the newfound reality in the fast changing world.
‘Life Goes On’ shows Karnad as the head of a family frantically trying to retain the cultural and traditional ethos of his family in Britain. However, deep down, he carries the scars of the past, communal violence and prejudices.
Karnad gets the shock of his life when he learns about his youngest daughter’s affair with a Muslim doctor. The mere mention of Muslim opens old wounds for he had lost everything to partition. Things get more complicated when one of his daughters is lesbian and another one has a broken home. Will he be able to save his family and come out of the grief of his wife’s death?
‘Life Goes On’ is a touching family portrait, which is stuck in the eddy of emotions. Undoubtedly, ‘Life Goes On’ is a riveting cinematic experience.
Ratings: Three cheers for this one