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The Namesake (2007)

The Namesake

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

March 09, 2007 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Studio

Fox Searchlight Pictures

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Mira Nair

Producer

Mira Nair, Lydia Dean Pilcher

Screenwriter

Sooni Taraporevala

Starring

Story


The Namesake" is the story of the Ganguli family whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld to a new world without forgetting the old. Though parents Ashoke and Ashima (Irfan Khan, Tabu) long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol (Kal Penn) is torn between finding his own unique identity without losing his heritage. Even Gogol's name represents the family's journey into the unknown.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a meticulous, understated, empathetic telling of the story of two generations of a Bengali family in America..”
by Kirk Honeycutt [The Hollywood Reporter]
“..manages to be old-fashioned yet immediate, epic and intimate..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
“..An impressively directed, gorgeously photographed drama that is extremely rewarding..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]