MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 114 this week

The Namesake (2006)

PG-13  |   |  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 15,396 users   Metascore: 82/100
Reviews: 111 user | 167 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

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 28 Sep 2010
 
a list of 24 titles
created 11 Sep 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 Oct 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.

User Polls

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 8.1/10 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
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Mira Nair
The Laughing Club of India (TV Short 2001)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 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
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
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 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
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
My Own Country (TV Movie 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese, and he specializes in infectious diseases. It's 1985... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Naveen Andrews, Glenne Headly, Hal Holbrook
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
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Marisa Tomei, Anjelica Huston, Alfred Molina
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
Maqbool (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Macbeth meets the Godfather in present-day Bombay. The Scottish tragedy set in the contemporary underworld of India's commercial capital; two corrupt, fortune telling policemen take the ... See full summary »

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Stars: Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur
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 All (41) »

Taglines:

Two Worlds. One Journey. 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

Tabu admitted that in all the years she had lived in India, she had never seen the Taj Mahal. The scene in the movie where the family goes to see the Taj Mahal was her first time seeing famous tomb. See more »

Goofs

When the Ganguli family visits Calcutta in 1977 one of the advertisements on the streets is for the Calcutta based newspaper "Telegraph". The Telegraph was established in 1982. See more »

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

Kal Penn is credited twice - once as Kal Penn in the role of Gogol, and once as Kalpen Modi (his birth name) in the role of Nikhil. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Life in a Metro (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Riviera Rendezvous
Written by Alex Gimeno
Performed by Ursula 1000
Courtesy of ESL Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Best Movie So Far in 2007
20 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As another proof that some of the recent award recipients have nothing to do with quality, here comes an assured and delicate piece of film-making that will probably not be honoured in the fair manner it deserves in next year's awards' frenzy. Just the other night, I had the pleasured to see an accomplished film for the second time: "Inside Man", and my jaw dropped when I realized that it was mysteriously absent in any "best of" celebrations. Regardless of what happens in about one year, audiences should not deny themselves the transcendental experience from seeing a movie that recognizes the beauty inside families and how their relationships are a mixture of inner and external pressures; only to all boil down to one word: Love.

As the title indicates, most of the storyline originates from a very peculiar name, and how it seems to affect the main protagonist. As the plot unfolds, we become involved in a sophisticated, almost flawless, and touching, without being maudlin masterpiece. With stunning camera work, a spiritual and moving score, and astounding performances by the entire cast, we learn to identify the universal values that this marvelous film highlights.

What is truly miraculous in the film is how its director weaves a story from the incongruities between two cultures that couldn't be any more different from each other, and yet, they are mirror reflections of each other. We all cry, feel happiness and disappointment. As our characters grow and change, we feel their sense of wonder, joy, and grief. Seeing them celebrate breaks down any resistance we might have to whatever foreign quality this movie might be. It's exotic, inviting, showing us that we share more than we think. In "The Namesake", a Russian name becomes essential to some of the tribulations of a Hindu American young man. It anchors the love that originates between a mother and her children. As Ashima adjusts to her new surroundings, she manages to hold on her traditions, as she learns to cope with the changes that she can't stop. In the end, she delivers one of the most inspirational speeches in movie history, and we can't do nothing but witness a superb dramatic performance come full circle. Many in Hollywood might feel a tinge of envy as her is an actress that charms us in spite of apparently not trying very hard. Her character is lovely, strong, and sometimes reads like a collection of the best moments in every female great role in the last century. She embodies the best of Scarlett O'Hara, the pain and frustration of Sophie in "Sophie's Choice", some of the regal qualities of Helen Mirren in "The Queen", and she can even sing and makes us laugh, all when a screenplay that addresses the lives of one regular family in New York.

"The Namesake" deserves every single of the kudos people decide to give it. It's a brilliant film, based on an outstanding piece of fiction, and that one that never struggles to be anything else but faithful to its source material, and whose heart never stops beating, with a real and magnificent heart.

Run and enjoy some of the best moments of your life.


57 of 68 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:
?