Two LSE academics have become film stars for the first time, starring in the new English-Bengali movie, Life Goes On.
Anthropologist Dr Mukulika Banerjee and economist Lord Meghnad Desai both have roles in the film, whose cast also includes Bollywood legends Om Puri and Sharmila Tagore.
The film, which is set in London, explores the relations between a grief stricken father, following his wife’s sudden death, and his three daughters and is inspired by the old tale of King Lear and his daughters. It is a story about overcoming grief and prejudice by embracing life.
Dr Banerjee plays Lolita, the eldest of the three daughters. Lolita is married to a British investment banker and has her hands full with a four year old daughter and a six month old baby. Dr Banerjee said: ‘Having seen me in some amateur theatre in London, the director Sangeeta Datta thought I suited the role of one of the daughters. I feel enormously privileged to be given this opportunity and to have worked with some of the legends of the cinema I grew up watching. My daughter in real life, Aria, also plays my daughter in the film - she was the real star of the show!’
As a friend of the director, Lord Desai was invited to take a small role in the film. He makes a brief but important appearance in the film, playing a friend of the main protagonist Sanjay, who is played by Girish Karnad. ‘It will be the only film whose actors include two academics from LSE,’ said Lord Desai.
The film is due to be released in the UK in the Autumn. Lets hope there will be some Bafta’s heading the School’s way very soon.