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The Namesake -- A young Indian boy living in New Jersey rebels against his traditional parents and struggles with identity and love.
The Namesake -- 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.
The Namesake -- Clip: Mom, we're here
The Namesake -- Interview:  Tabu On Identifying With Her Character
The Namesake -- Clip: I've been thinking a lot about my name


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Writers (WGA):
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Two Worlds. One Journey. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Kal Penn ... Gogol / Nikhil

Tabu ... Ashima

Irrfan Khan ... Ashoke

Jacinda Barrett ... Maxine

Zuleikha Robinson ... Moushumi Mazumdar

Brooke Smith ... 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
Supriya Choudhury ... Ashima's Grandmother (as Supriya Devi)
Stuart Rudin ... Homeless Man

Heather MacRae ... Nurse Patty
Sumitra ... Calcutta House Staff
Kanti ... Calcutta House Staff

Michael Countryman ... Mr. Wilcox
Kousik Bhowal ... Dr. Gupta

Rupak Ginn ... Uncle

Soham Chatterjee ... Gogol (Age 4)
Gargi Mukherjee ... Mira Mashi
Pallavi Shah ... Kajol Mashi

Jhumpa Lahiri ... Jhumpa Mashi
Noor Lahiri Vourvoulias ... Baby Sonia

Linus Roache ... Mr. Lawson

Josh Grisetti ... Jerry
Justin Rosini ... Marc

Dan McCabe ... Bart

Bobby Steggert ... Jason
B.C. Parikh ... Mr. Mazumdar
Sibani Biswas ... Mrs. Mazumdar
Lakhan Das ... Baul Singer
Kharaj Mukherjee ... Chotu

Glenne Headly ... Lydia

Daniel Gerroll ... Gerald (as Daniel Gerrol)

Amy Wright ... Pam
Christie Moreau ... Phone Operator

Jo Yang ... Ms. Lu
Krishna Dikshit ... Funeral Priest
Kartik Das ... Boat Man

Gary Cowling ... Hotel Manager
Sudipta Bhawmik ... Subroto Mesho

Gretchen Egolf ... Astrid

Baylen Thomas ... Blake
Jeb Brown ... Oliver

Jessica Blank ... Edith
Mia Yoo ... Viola
Benjamin Bauman ... Donald

Sebastian Roché ... Pierre

Maximiliano Hernández ... Ben
Partha Chatterjee ... Reformed Hindoo

Mitali Bhawmik ... Singing Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marcus Collins ... Graham (uncredited)
Sandi DeGeorge ... Moshumi's Friend (uncredited)

Aaron Yoo ... Student in Gogol's Class (uncredited)

Directed by
Mira Nair 
Writing credits
Sooni Taraporevala (screenplay)

Jhumpa Lahiri (novel)

Produced by
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... producer
Lori Keith Douglas .... co-producer
Anadil Hossain .... line producer: India
Yukie Kito .... co-producer (as Yuki'e Kitô)
Yasushi Kotani .... executive producer
Mira Nair .... producer
Ronnie Screwvala .... executive producer
Zarina Screwvala .... co-producer
Taizo Son .... executive producer
Dinaz Stafford .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nitin Sawhney 
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Allyson C. Johnson 
Casting by
Cindy Tolan 
Production Design by
Stephanie Carroll 
Art Direction by
Suttirat Anne Larlarb  (as Suttirat Larlarb)
Set Decoration by
Lydia Marks 
Costume Design by
Arjun Bhasin 
Makeup Department
Norman Bryn .... makeup artist
Milton Buras .... hair stylist
Rita Dey .... hair stylist: India
Anup Kumar Ganguli .... makeup artist assistant: India
Nazafarin Gazdar .... hair stylist: India (as Nazafrin Gazdar)
Kelly Gleason .... key makeup artist
Shyam Reddy .... makeup artist assistant: India
Peggy Schierholz .... key hair stylist (as Peg Schierholz)
Heidi Kulow .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Harish Amin .... production supervisor: India
Preetam Chowdhury .... unit manager: India (as Pritam Chowdhury)
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Lori Keith Douglas .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Avani Batra .... third assistant director
Kristin Bernstein .... second assistant director
Joyati Bose .... assistant director: second unit, India
Michael DeCasper .... first assistant director
Dylan Gray .... first assistant director: India
Eric Richard Lasko .... second second assistant director (as Eric Lasko)
Nitya Mehra .... second assistant director: India
Akshay Roy .... second second assistant director
Jay Jay Odedra .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ann Marie Auricchio .... scenic artist
Russell Barnes .... art department coordinator
Tuli Basu .... art department coordinator: India
Martin Bernstein .... construction coordinator
Brinda .... art department trainee: India
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Brian Buteau .... set dresser
Daniela Capistrano .... art department intern
Tanmoy Chakraborty .... art director: India
Kiran Chandra .... art department assistant
Kiran Chandra .... prop coordinator: India
Chhotu .... set art assistant: India (as Chotu)
Nirmal Chandra Das .... set dresser: India
Rajendra Kumar Das .... assistant art director: India
Rajendra Kumar Das .... construction manager: India
Shanti Dass .... set art assistant: India (as Santi Das)
Natalie N. Dorset .... first assistant props (as Natalie Dorset)
Peter K. Dunbar .... leadman: Washington DC (as Peter Dunbar)
Michelle Farrell .... scenic artist
Stephen R. Geiger .... scenic artist
Caroline Irons .... scenic artist
Saurabh Jana .... sculptor: India
Sivan Kaplan .... art department intern
Bryan Kenneth .... art department assistant
Robin Koenig .... on-set dresser
Connie Kozaleck .... scenic foreman
Bolai Kundu .... set art assistant: India
Evan C. Newell .... art department intern (as Evan Newell)
Pratap Pradhan .... head setman: India
Aparna Raina .... set dresser: India
Aarthi Rayapura .... art department intern
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (as Jeff Rollins)
Sharmishta Roy .... set decorator: India
Sanjay .... set art assistant: India
Tapas Sarkar .... prop coordinator: India
Will Scheck .... greensman
Mark Paul Selemon .... greensman (as Marl Selemon)
Arnab Sen .... art department trainee: India
Stephen Shapiro .... carpenter
Sha-Sha Shiau .... art department assistant
Amrita Singh .... set dresser: India
Greg Sullivan .... charge scenic artist
Sushovan .... art department trainee: India
Robin Thomas .... property master: India
Tublu .... set art assistant: India
Jessie Walker .... camera scenic artist
Denis Zack .... set dresser (as Dennis Zach)
Robert Currie .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Maus Drechsler .... props (uncredited)
Ann Edgeworth .... props (uncredited)
Gerard V. Engrassia .... set dresser (uncredited)
Deborah Jensen .... additional art director (uncredited)
Amrita Mahal .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tasayu Tasnaphun .... digital artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
David Boulton .... adr engineer (as David Bolton)
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor
Rachel Chancey .... foley editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Keith Culbertson .... sound re-recordist
Michael Holmstrom .... sound mix engineer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Paul Katz .... sound mix engineer
Thomas Kodros .... sound engineer: Dolby (as Tom Kodros)
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Ed Novick .... sound mixer
Dave Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave Paterson .... supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley walker
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue editor
Steve Schwartz .... assistant sound editor (as Stephen Schwartz)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Damian Volpe .... sound effects editor
Joe White .... utility sound (as Joseph White Jr.)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Doug Winningham .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Shantanu Paul .... special effects coordinator: India
Visual Effects by
John Dowdell .... 2K digital intermediate colorist
Chris Gelles .... visual effects executive producer: & Company
David Geoghegan .... digital optical compositor
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: & Company
Allan Amin .... stunt coordinator: India
Camera and Electrical Department
Shankar Asari .... sparks: India
Garrett Boehling .... dolly grip
Joydeep Bose .... camera intern: India
Kathleen Corgan .... second assistant camera: India
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer: India
Samuel G. Friedman .... best boy electric (as Sam Friedman)
Mara Galus .... camera loader
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Ganesh Ghosh .... spot boy: India
Kurt Lennig .... rigging gaffer
Jonathan Lumley .... gaffer
Sukanta Majumdar .... cableman: India
Raghu Mandal .... spot boy: India
Edgar Martin .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Hollis Meminger .... second assistant camera
G. Monic Kumar .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, India
Milan Moudgill .... still photographer: India
Basab Mullik .... camera intern: India
Anna Novick .... company grip
Neil O'Malley .... second grip
Jay Jay Odedra .... director of photography: second unit (as Jay J. Odedra)
Douglas Pellegrino .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Doug Pellegrino)
Lance E. Phox .... rigging best boy (as Lance Phox)
Ram Prasad .... camera loader: India
Nitin Rao .... Steadicam operator: India
Ganesh Kumar Reddy .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, India
Jim Riley .... company grip
Dave Rudolph .... electrician
Kelly Rutkowski .... electrician
Praveena S. .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, India
Ravi Sanjan .... spot boy: India
Gerard Sava .... camera operator: "a" camera
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera
Tim Smythe .... key grip
James Thorne .... electrician (as Jim Thorne)
James Turner .... key rigging grip
Lawzari Vishwakarma .... sparks: India
Nawroz Zaria .... sparks: India
Gregg de Domenico .... additional film loader (uncredited)
Justin Panzanaro .... grip (uncredited)
Gerard Sava .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Aditi Bhattacharya .... casting trainee: India
Emily Chakraborty .... casting trainee: India
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting (as Karen Etcoff)
Tess Joseph .... casting: India
Ruchi Pugalia .... casting trainee: India
Soumitra Saha .... casting assistant: India
Matt Schreiber .... casting associate
Sohag Sen .... casting consultant: India
Nina Srivasatava .... extras casting associate
Loveleen Tandan .... casting consultant: India
Roody Dorsainvil .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Payal Sethi .... additional casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Megha Barnabas .... costume intern
Zakir Hussain .... costume dresser: India
Abdul Jabbar .... tailor: India
Ellen Mahlke .... key costumer
Christina Morales .... costume intern
Urmilla Lal Motwani .... wardrobe supervisor: India
Hilary Niederer .... assistant costume designer
Ravi Pawar .... costume assistant: India
M.D. Sanaullah .... costume dresser: India (as MD Saunaulla)
Stev Taylor .... wardrobe assistant
Shahnaz Vahanvaty .... costume coordinator: India
Deirdre N. Williams .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Priya Darshini .... post-production intern (as Priyadarshini)
Peter Heady .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Asal Hejazi .... post-production intern
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Lupita Nyong'o .... post-production intern
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter (as Noelle Penraat)
Francis Power .... post-production assistant
Nirali Shastri-Hill .... post-production intern (as Nirali Shastri)
David A. Smith .... assistant editor
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
John Vladic .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Ulhas Bapat .... musician: santoor
Mitali Bhawmik .... musician: singer
Thom Chadly .... music score mixer
Reshmin Chowdhury .... musician: singer
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
John M. Davis .... music editor
Stephen Hussey .... conductor
Maya Iwabuchi .... orchestra leader
Dean James .... music studio mix editor
Dilshat Khan .... musician: sarangi
Niladri Kumar .... musician: sitar
Sara Loewenthal .... additional music copyist
Deepak Pandit .... musician: violin
Blaire Reinhard .... composer: stock music
Nitin Sawhney .... music arranger: strings
Nitin Sawhney .... orchestrator: strings
Rajinder Singh .... musician: swarlin
K. Srinivasan .... musician: flute
Paul Talkington .... conductor: orchestra
Paul Talkington .... orchestra coordinator
Satyajit Talwalkar .... musician: tabla
Gary Thomas .... orchestral recording engineer
Transportation Department
Terry Adams .... driver
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain (as James S. Buckman)
Robert Buckman .... transportation co-captain
Kajol Chakraborty .... transportation manager: India
Debit Chanda .... picture vehicle coordinator: India
Indranil Chowbhury .... transportation coordinator: India
George Collins .... driver
Curtis Europe .... driver
Billy Featherstone .... driver
Kenneth Garrison .... driver (as Ken Garrison)
Richie Hubka .... driver
Jim Kelly .... driver
Sean Leahy .... driver
Soumya Rakshit .... picture vehicle coordinator: India
J.R. Scarlatos .... driver
Other crew
Patrick Andrews .... production assistant
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Puloma Basu .... cast production assistant
Ashley Bearden .... assistant production coordinator
Sammy Bhattacharya .... office production assistant: India
Ami Boghani .... assistant: Ms. Nair
Sumit Bothra .... manager: Nitin Sawhney, Embargo Management Ltd.
Pinaki Chatterjee .... set production assistant: India
Praveen Chowdhury .... set production assistant: India
Sara Clarke .... production office intern
Victoria S. Cook .... legal services: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz (as Victoria Cook)
Chandan Das .... location manager: India
Suraj Das .... intern: Mirabai Films (as Surjyakiran Das)
Arun Dasgupta .... dialect coach: Bengali
Maurice Davis .... on-set intern
Yvonne de Cock .... instructor: iyengar yoga (as Yvonne de Kock)
Thomas De Napoli .... creative executive: cine mosaic production
Sonia Deepak .... on-set intern (as Sonia Khanduri Deepak)
David Dreishpoon .... craft service
John Druzba .... location intern
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
James Feldman .... set production assistant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (as Jennifer Freed)
Salil Gandhi .... legal services: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Pushan Ganguli .... set production assistant: India
Priyanka Ghose .... production assistant
Rituparno Ghosh .... translator: Bengali
Sumana Ghosh .... translator: Bengali
Nupur Goenka .... intern: Mirabel Films
Sandeep Gondalekar .... location assistant: India
Indranil Haldar .... set production assistant: India (as Indranil Halder)
Thalia Harithas .... on-set intern
Michael Hartel .... assistant location manager
Gahan Haskins .... location scout
Sean Hogan .... production accountant
Shernaz Italia .... agra coordinator: India (as Shernaz 'Shenny' Italia)
Eric Kench .... location assistant
Saurabh Kikani .... production office intern
Elliot Koss .... on-set intern
John Larkin .... production assistant
David Laurentin .... parking assistant
Yana Collins Lehman .... post-production accountant
Denzil Linhares .... production assistant: Bombay
Peter Madamba .... script researcher
Nitin Madan .... office production assistant
Taylor Marshall-Green .... payroll accountant
Bruno Michels .... set production assistant
Naeem Mohaiemen .... translator: Bengali
Nadia Mohammad .... intern: Mirabel Films
Kellie Morrison .... location manager
James Murphy .... instructor: yoga
Frank Murray .... assistant accountant
Sean Murray .... set production assistant
Rakesh Nair .... intern: Mirabel Films
George Nannas .... chef (as George Nanas)
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Aniruddh Pandit .... office production assistant (as Ani Pandit)
Ashwini Parulkar .... instructor: yoga, India
Nancy A. Pavia .... production assistant
Stephen Popernik .... location coordinator
Neta Pulvermacher .... choreographer
Justin Rosini .... location assistant
Ranjeeta Roy .... production secretary: India
Ashley Rudden .... director of development: cine mosaic
Mary Ann Santos .... production office intern
Claire Scoville .... post production assistant: Mirabai Films
Sunaina Sen .... set production assistant: India
Payal Sethi .... assistant: Ms. Nair
Probal Sircar .... location assistant: India
Yasmine Stafford .... production coordinator: India
Himkar Tak .... production office intern
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Divya Thakur .... titles designer: Design Temple
David Tineo .... unit production assistant
Priti Trivedi .... on-set intern
Shanti Wesley .... on-set intern
Meghan K. Wicker .... production coordinator (as Meghan Wicker)
Derek Wimble .... set production assistant
Renee Fishman .... baby wrangler (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Zoya Akhtar .... special thanks (as Zoia Akhtar)
S.M. Ferozeuddin Alameer .... special thanks (as Feroze Alameer)
Ritwik Ghatak .... dedicatee
Nemai Ghosh .... special thanks
Mira Gupta .... special thanks
Ram Maheshwari .... special thanks
Soumitra Majumdar .... special thanks
Satyajit Ray .... dedicatee
Dayanita Singh .... special thanks
Garry Winogrand .... special thanks

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53 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
A story of the power of a name and of family; the immigrant experience; the search for love, context, and identity, 22 February 2007
Author: Dilip Barman ( from Durham, NC (USA)

In 2003 days after its publication, I could hardly put down Pulitzer-winning Jhumpa Lahiri's novel "The Namesake". Lahiri was born in London to Bengali immigrants, raised in Rhode Island, and now lives in Brooklyn.

I was therefore excited when I heard that Mira Nair would be directing a film based on the novel. Readers may be familiar with Nair's films, including "Monsoon Wedding" (2001), "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love" (1996), "Mississippi Masala" (1991), and Oscar-nominated "Salaam Bombay!" (1988); she is also in pre-production on a crime drama, "Shantaram", due in 2008.

Mumbai-based graduate of Harvard (where she met Nair) Sooni Taraporevala wrote the screenplay, as she also did on "Mississippi Masala" and "Salaam Bombay!" (incidentally, she is apparently directing her first film, based on her own screenplay, due to be released this spring). I don't know why, but the setting of the film version of the story is changed from Boston to New York and moved about a decade forward.

The story is that of the Gangulis - Ashoke (Irfan Khan) and wife Ashima (Tabu), Kolkata (Calcutta) immigrants to the U.S. in the early 1960s (1970s in the film), their son Gogol (Kal Penn), and his younger sister Sonali/Sonia (Sahira Nair). As a bachelor in India, Ashoke suffers in a train wreck, but his life is saved because, instead of sleeping on the nighttime journey, he had been reading "The Overcoat" by Russian writer Nikolai Gogol.

When Ashoke and Ashima's first child is born, they are surprised that they cannot leave the hospital without naming him; they prefer to wait for the great-grandmother's suggestion. The name of the Russian writer occurs to Ashoke, and he assigns "pet name" Gogol. The "good name" that the great-grandmother mailed never arrives, so the name Gogol sticks. As the boy grows, his name bothers him; it is neither Indian nor American, nor even a first name. He legally changes his name at college to "Nikhil".

The story follows Gogol/Nikhil as he goes to Yale University, is inspired to be an architect on a family trip to India when they visit the Taj Mahal, goes to graduate school and on to a job in New York City, and experiences several relationships. Wittingly or not, he follows the advice to "play the field" but to reserve marriage for a woman of Bengali origin.

How do the US-born children relate to India? Where is home for the parents and how do they stay in touch and perform their duties while geographically separated from their extended family? "The Namesake" is a story of the power of a name and of family; the immigrant experience; the search for love, context, and identity.

I enjoyed the film but, as often is the case, I found it to fall short of the book, whose power made me an instant fan of Lahiri's (watch for a cameo appearance by her in the film as Aunt Jhumpa). Armchair criticism is easy, and perhaps more meaningful insight is gained by asking if the medium is effectively used to convey the story's ethos.

The answer is a gentle "yes". One of Lahiri's strengths is attention to detail revealed in a matter-of-fact style that doesn't belabor the obvious. But of course the film cannot fairly be expected to reveal all of the original's subplots, such as Gogol's first relationship with his college sweetheart Ruth, or the myriad details beautifully presented in the book surrounding multicultural birthday celebrations, for example.

The film effectively contrasts the chaotic vibrancy of Kolkata with the much more restrained, anonymous big city life of the States through foundational scenes of bridges – the Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River and Manhattan's 59th Street Bridge. In New York, we can see the business of modern city life rendered mute through a small apartment's glass windows; in India, no such respite from daily life is readily found. Another effective motif is the recurrence of the "Travelogues" exhibit at JFK Airport, reminding us through changing holographic images about the transition in space and culture that the Gangulis experience traveling between America and India.

There are some particularly well composed, emotive scenes, such as the timidly uncertain wave goodbye of Ashima to Ashoke on their first morning in the New World when he leaves on dismal snowy streets for work. I wouldn't, however, characterize the film as a whole as having consistently memorable cinematography, though it is rather effectively subtly understated and helps the story's progress.

The soundtrack could have been more appealing. Perhaps I was too focused on fidelity to the book which of course can simply be an irrelevant distraction, but I didn't relate to the music of high school student Gogol as characteristic of either the late 1970s or 1980s. Strictly speaking, the JFK exhibit was installed in 2000, which is inconsistent in fact and technology with most of the trips that the Ganguli family makes through the airport starting in the 1970s.

All that said, Mira Nair has made a sensitive, touching, and interesting film that triggers an authentic collection of emotions from joy to despair, with dashes of convincingly real everyday humor and chance. I was happy to see in the closing credits two of the three best known Bengali filmmakers mentioned, "For RITWIK GHATAK and SATYAJIT RAY, gurus of cinema with love and salaams"; only Mrinal Sen is missing.

I recommend both the film (expected to be released on March 9) and, especially, the book for immigrants and their friends, as well as to anybody who has felt significant loss, detachment, or uncertain change in their life. It is a story that is remarkable in its subtle depiction of the flip sides of the coin of history and promise.

(I saw the film at a pre-release screening on February 16, 2007 in Cary, NC USA. My review is a version of one that I am publishing in the forthcoming March issue of "Saathee Magazine".)

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