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  • Cinema with a Slice of Life

    Swagata Dam

    Desimartini | Updated - March 25, 2011 23:02 PM IST
    3.2DM (172 ratings)
    Life Goes OnRelease date : March 25, 2011

    'Life Goes On' is a decently executed realistic film which touches your heart and definitely strikes
    a chord with the masses deep down somewhere.

    Set in London, 'Life Goes On' is a story about an affluent, highly-educated and culturally opulent Probaashi Bangali (Bengalies residing outside Bengal) family comprised of Dr. Sanjay Banerjee
    (Girish Karnad), his wife Manju (Sharmila Tagore) and their three daughters- Lolita (Mukulika
    Banerjee), Tuli (Neerja Naik), and Dia(Soha Ali Khan). One fine day, Manju passes away and that
    spasmodically judders the lives of her husband and her three daughters. Her sudden death leaves
    her family flummoxed with grief in the beginning, but gradually brings them closer unveiling there
    true selves behind their false facades.

    'Life Goes On' is a beautifully penned down story about memories, nostalgia, the feeling of
    emptiness, bonding and realizations and also explores several different worlds living in a one
    larger matrix. The film also showcases different conflicts of values, conflicts about sexual
    orientation, about pregnancy before marriage, about a Hindu girls relationship with a Bangladeshi
    Muslim boy and the memories of Partition that is still alive in people's hearts and minds in the
    form of life-long hatred against particular communities. One scene which I feel is worth mentioning here is the one where the three sisters watch their mother sing a beautiful Tagore song first in Bengali and then in Hindi on their laptop which makes them laugh and cry both at the same time. It is an utterly realistic scene and will definitely touch directly the bottom of your heart with a thud.

    All the actors, especially Om Puri who plays the role of a close family friend to the Banerjees',
    have delivered inimitably realistic performances without looking ostentatious even for a moment.
    Sangeeta Datta has played a decent raconteur but at the same time has gone a little too overboard in adding a plethora of elements right from Shakespeare to Ritwik Ghatak to Satyajit Ray making a hotch-potch.

    But overall, 'Life Goes On' is a beautiful emotional drama laced with some lilting music by Soumik Datta which includes songs of Tagore, Bangla folk, Rap etc. Hip-Hop. The cinematographer of the film has done a tremendous job and the amazingly rich visuals and some highly stylized shots makes this film a treat to the eyes. However, the film lacks the dose of entertainment which the audience of today generally look out for and hence, will be a cherish-able watch only for a particular chunk of mass.

    GO FOR IT:
    1) If you are hardcore bong.
    2) If you like rich realistic cinema.
    3) If you want to cherish some really brilliant visuals accompanied by great music.

    1) If you are looking for entertainment.
    2) If the idea of watching a realistic emotional drama turns you off.
    3) If you do not want to watch a film that activates you tear ducts.

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  • Mahima Negi

    Mahima Negi

    18 Reviews , 9 Followers
    Rated 2.0April 16, 2011

    Life goes on, on and on...a Sl

    Life goes on, on and on...a Sleepy yet boring movie..

  • Nikhil Upadhyay

    Nikhil Upadhyay

    6 Reviews
    Rated 2.5April 14, 2011



  • Abhishek


    2 Reviews
    Rated 4.0April 03, 2011

    Nice family drama.

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  • Shikha


    3 Reviews
    Rated 3.0March 31, 2011

    average movie

    One of the many pleasures of watching this supple evocative family saga is to see the timeless Sharmila Tagore share screen space with her real-lif...read more

  • Hemant Gupta

    Hemant Gupta

    1 Reviews
    Rated 2.0March 28, 2011