MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 21 this week

The Namesake (2006)

 -  Drama  -  9 March 2007 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 14,913 users   Metascore: 82/100
Reviews: 111 user | 166 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 22 Jul 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 01 Feb 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 12 Feb 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 19 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Namesake" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Namesake (2006)

The Namesake (2006) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Namesake.
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma
Chandni Bar (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen
Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Mira Nair
Romance | Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth
Amelia (2009)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Six different stories, about nine people, each with different issues and problems, all occurring within one place: the METRO.

Director: Anurag Basu
Stars: Dharmendra, Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma
Water I (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland
The Laughing Club of India (TV Movie 2001)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Portrait of the first laughing club in India, its founding by a doctor who believes that laughter is the best medicine, his outreach to schools, interviews with club members, scenes of ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair
Children of a Desired Sex (TV Movie 1987)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Mira Nair
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gogol / Nikhil
...
Ashima
...
Ashoke
...
Maxine
...
Moushumi Mazumdar
...
Sally
Sahira Nair ...
Sonia
Jagannath Guha ...
Ghosh
Ruma Guha Thakurta ...
Ashoke's Mother
Sandip Deb ...
Music Teacher
Sukanya ...
Rini
Tanushree Shankar ...
Ashima's Mother
Sabyasachi Chakraborty ...
Ashima's Father
Tamal Ray Chowdhury ...
Ashoke's Father
Dhruv Mookerji ...
Rana
Edit

Storyline

While traveling by train to visit his grandfather in Jamshedpur, Calcutta born, Bengali-speaking Ashoke Ganguli meets with fellow-traveler, Ghosh, who impresses upon him to travel, while Ashoke is deep into a book authored by Nicholai Gogol. The train meets with an accident, and after recuperating, Ashoke re-locates to America, settles down, returns home in 1977 to get married to aspiring singer, Ashima, and returns home to New York. Shortly thereafter they become parents of a boy, who they initially name Gogol, and a few years later both give birth to Sonia. The family then buy their own house in the suburbs and travel to India for the first time after their marriage. The second time they travel to India is when Gogol and Sonia are in their late teens, and after a memorable visit to Kolkata and then to the Taj Mahal, they return home. Gogol falls in love with Maxine Ratliff and moves in with her family, while Ashoke spends time traveling, and Sonia moves to California, leaving Ashima... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

india | train | singer | parents | death | See more »

Taglines:

The greatest journeys are the ones that bring you home. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality/nudity, a scene of drug use, some disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El buen nombre  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£125,084 (UK) (30 March 2007)

Gross:

$13,569,248 (USA) (3 August 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the ending credits of the movie Kal Penn is listed twice. He is credited as Kal Penn playing Gogol and Kalpen Modi playing Nikhil. See more »

Goofs

The baby used to portray the newborn Gogol is not a newborn. He is clearly at least 2-3 months old, if not older. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man: Mm, what are you reading?
Ashoke Ganguli: Hm? "The Overcoat", by Gogol.
See more »

Crazy Credits

For Ritwik Ghatak and Satyajit Ray, the gurus of cinema, with love and salaams. See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 10 March 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Same Song
Written by Susheela Raman, Sam Mills and Aref Durvesh
Performed by Susheela Raman
Courtesy of Narada Productions, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
(played during the credits)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: The Namesake
8 April 2007 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Books allow you to travel without leaving, and on the same note, movies too opens up a visual world that one can immerse into, going to places the filmmakers bring you, and experiencing and feeling the emotions that they try to evoke from you. There are few movies which leave me speechless at the end of it. Not because it's bad, but rather, on the contrary, The Namesake is a superb movie. I was in awe with so much that director Mira Nair managed to pack into its 2 hours, and the intricate layers that make up the movie.

The movie begins with Ashoke and (Irfan Khan) and Ashima (Tabu) Ganguli, newlyweds and Indian immigrants to the USofA. The first third of the movie follows their struggles in their new adopted country, as they begin a new life amongst themselves in a foreign land, and starting a family there in order to provide boundless opportunities for their offspring in the land of the free. Things become more interesting and the family dynamics a joy to watch, once their kids come into play in the latter half of the movie, centered only their firstborn son Gogol Ganguli (Kal Penn).

It's a look into family ties, the clash of cultures and values, especially with their Americanized children's western thinking versus their parents more traditional, conservative views. It's not all bickering if you'd come to expect, but rather, a very meditated story, full of understanding and tolerance, and the realization of change, as epitomized by dad Ashoke. Watching this movie, despite the racial / cultural differences, still made me think a lot about my own state of family affairs, as the story touches on universal themes - family love, parents, the constant desire to be living life in the way you want, and one point that stuck to me throughout, was that about Gogol's struggle with his name, something which I can most definitely identify with.

His disdain for his name Gogol (after Nicola Gogol) almost plays central to the movie. And fleshing out his character perfectly is Kal Penn. Who would've expected one half of Harold and Kumar being able to pull off such a complex role with aplomb? Here, his Gogol/Nikhil on one hand knows what he should be doing about not forgetting his culture and roots, but on the other, with his Caucasian girlfriend (played by Jacinta Barrett), he looks more comfortable in the American way of live he's so familiar with. It's the internal conflicts that we see him go up against, and how culture and myopia seem to influence his choices in the wrong ways.

The rest of the cast are brilliant too, and I'm singling out Irfan Khan and Tabu as nothing short of bringing out excellent performances. They bring forth certain tenderness in their relationship, and plenty of love for their son. You can feel their awkwardness in having to deal with a new culture head on, and yet knowing that it's for the better, for their family, for opportunities. They can do a lot with so little - a touch of the hand, a twinkle of the eye, that you can't help but be welcomed into their world.

The Namesake is filled with beautiful music, from both contemporary tracks as well as classical Indian music, as it parallels the struggles of the family straddling between two different cultures. And there are moments in the film that will even cause those with strong hearts, struggle to hold back a tear or two.

This movie brought me to India, a country I have yet to visit, Kolkatta and the fabled monument of love, the Taj Mahal. With authentic locales, excellent acting and a layered storyline, The Namesake is firmly set in shortlist of my favourite movies of this year. Hurry and watch this in the cinemas before its run is up.


37 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Intimate Scenes for Indian Actors Tigerlilly9
Arranged marriage (off topic?) su8963
So what happens to Gogol next? aqib4
shoe flashback babystreat
Moushumi looks like Sarah Palin! rainleaf
google maxine_mitchell
Discuss The Namesake (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?