Sharmila Tagore & Soha Ali Khan Share Screen Space For ‘Life Goes On’
Sharmila Tagore & Soha Ali Khan
Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore has shared screen space with her daughter Soha Ali Khan for the first time in ‘Life Goes On’, which is a movie based on British Indians and whose premiere was being held at the ongoing 11th Mumbai Film Festival.
"This is the first time Sharmila Tagore and Soha are sharing screen space. I have known Sharmila Tagore for a long time and from the very beginning I have imagined her in the character she is playing," said Sangeeta Datta, who has made her directorial debut with the film.
"I have worked with Soha while I was associate director in Rituparno Ghosh's 'Antar Mahal'," said London-based Datta.
The plot of the movie revolves around the cultural conflict experience between a father and his youngest daughter, with different sub-plots shown in flashback.
The movie which is a contemporary version of Shaespear’s ‘King Lear’ ends with a positive tone.
"The story is the contemporary adaptation of 'King Lear', though the ending is more hopeful. It shows that love can conquer," explained Datta.
The lead roles are essayed by Girish Karnad, Om Puri, Rez Kempton, Neerja Naik, Mukulika Banerjee, Christopher Hatherall, Stef Patten and Aria Gitanjali Banerjee Watts.
When asked about the on-screen chemistry between the two actresses, she said: "They were as good as expected. They gave an amazing performance while shooting an extremely difficult scene."
She said that Sharmila was a perfectionist who provided guidelines to her co-stars.. "Sharmila wants the shots to be perfect. She helps her co-stars whenever required," said Datta.
Lyricist Javed Akhtar translated two Tagore songs into Urdu for the film. Datta says this is the first time any Rabindra Sangeet has been translated into Urdu.
"Rabindra Sangeet itself has been used in films plenty of times, but this is the first time the lyrics of such a song have been translated into Urdu with the same tune," said Datta.
She says that she likes her movie to be Known as a British one.
"I am a British Bengali but still hold an Indian passport. As the story is about immigrant Indians in London and has been shot with a British crew, probably it would be considered a British movie," guessed Datta.