The Namesake (2006)
|Rating:||PG-13 (for sexuality/nudity, a scene of drug use, some disturbing images and brief language)|
|Directed By:||Mira Nair|
|Written By:||Jhumpa Lahiri, Sooni Taraporevala, Jhumpa Lahiri|
|In Theaters:||Sep 2, 2006 Wide|
|On DVD:||Nov 27, 2007|
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as Gogol Ganguli
as Ashima Ganguli
as Ashoke's Mother
as Music Teacher
as Mr. Lawson
as Ashima's Mother
as Ashima's Father
as Phone Operator
as Ms. Lu
as Funeral Priest
as Baby Sonia
as Reformed Hindoo
as Ashima's Grandmother
as Crazy Wino
as Nurse Patty
as Mr. Wilcox
as Dr. Gupta
as Gogol--Age 4
as Mr. Mazumdar
as Mrs. Mazumdar
as Baul Singer
as Hotel Manager
as Ashoke's Father
as Kajol Mashi
as Jhumpa Mashi
as Mira Mashi
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Critic Reviews for The Namesake
What holds it together are the subtle loving performances by Tabu and Khan, both Bollywoood stars. They never overplay, never spell out what can be said in a glance or a shrug, communicate great passion very quietly.
It is a saga told in small pieces, a patchwork of short scenes that tumble after each other almost apologetically, as if they would love to linger a little longer, but there is too much to tell and only so much time in which to do it.
Buoyed by terrific performances from Irrfan Kahn and the tremendous Tabu, the film is a bit homogenized but does a good job of exploring the dynamics of blending foreign cultures with American ways of life.
Audience Reviews for The Namesake
A beautiful journey through places, times, and mainly the souls of a group of fascinating people, struggling to find themselves in the midst of all the changes that come with life.
This film, about a young Bengali American wrestling with a cultural identity crisis, is a nice take on the culture clash/cultural identity film, and also marks a nice change of pace for Kal Penn. True, he had a serious role on House, but there was also a lot of humor.This is a more mature work for him, even though Gogol isn't too far removed from Kumar. Gogol is more smart and serious though.
All the cliched words like touching, heartwarming, etc apply here, and the film hits some familair beats, but it's not totally unoriginal thanks to how everything is conducted and presented. This is obviously a labor of love for Nair, and she does a great job, especially since she can relate to the material. All of the perforances are terrific, but Penn, Tabu, and Khan are the real strong points here.
Give this one a shot. It's far from brilliant or new, but it is well played, and gives some welcome portrayals of India and Indian culture.
A beautiful film, great screenplay and direction that brings a terrific cast. Fresh.
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