The Namesake

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Director:
Mira Nair
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
The Namesake is a 2006 drama starring Kal Penn and Sahira Nair and based on the novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri. The film follows the trials and tribulations of an Indian-American family living in New York City. Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli (Irrfan Khan and Tabu) are husband-and-wife immigrants with two American-born children, Sonia (Nair) and the oddly-named Gogol (Penn). The film primarily focuses on Gogol's story, whose identity as an Indian-American leads him through a cultural exploration that enlightens the young man. Gogol's travels lead him into the arms of two lovers, Maxine (Jacinda Barrett) and Moushumi (Zuleikha Robinson). As Gogol continues his quest of self-discovery, his parents try to understand their American son and embrace his new life, despite Gogol's separation from traditional Indian values. The Namesake is a tender film that offers an in-depth look at one family's struggle to reconcile the two culture's they belong to.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The Namesake, adapted from Jhumpa Lahiri's popular novel, conveys a palpable sense of people as living, breathing creatures who are far more complex than their words might indicate.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times

    Despite being rooted in knotty issues of identity, Lahiri's novel forgoes didacticism in favor of vivid portraiture. Nair and her uniformly superb cast take the same tack: The char...

  • 80

    Variety Scott Foundas

    A richly compelling story of family and self-discovery.

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    Coming of Age, Independent