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The Namesake (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 April 2007 (USA)
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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:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Sooni Taraporevala (screenplay), Jhumpa Lahiri (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kal Penn ... Nikhil a.k.a. Gogol
Tabu ... Ashima
Irrfan Khan ... Ashoke
Jacinda Barrett ... Maxine
Zuleikha Robinson ... Moushumi Mazumdar
Brooke Smith ... Sally
Sahira Nair Sahira Nair ... Sonia
Jagannath Guha Jagannath Guha ... Ghosh
Ruma Guha Thakurta ... Ashoke's Mother
Sandip Deb Sandip Deb ... Music Teacher
Sukanya ... Rini
Tanushree Shankar Tanushree Shankar ... Ashima's Mother
Sabyasachi Chakrabarty ... Ashima's Father
Tamal Ray Chowdhury Tamal Ray Chowdhury ... Ashoke's Father
Dhruv Mookerji Dhruv Mookerji ... Rana
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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)

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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 »

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Details

Country:

USA | India

Language:

English | Hindi | Bengali | French

Release Date:

6 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El buen nombre See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$248,552, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$13,569,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,138,836
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The novel's author (Jhumpa Lahiri) and much of her extended family were used in party/funeral scenes for the family in the U.S. because Mira Nair stayed at Lahiri's home and met much of her family. She thought they had a look she was trying to achieve, and that they were lovely people. See more »

Goofs

At the baby girl's ceremony, the position of the dollar on the tray changes from front to back to front again between shots. See more »

Quotes

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


Soundtracks

La Donna e Mobile
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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review on namesake
17 January 2007 | by subramaniam-chitraSee all my reviews

I got to see this wonderfully fulfilling film by chance at a private screening.I had no expectations other than the fact that it was a Mira Nair film.

The film is a journey of a couple from Bengal to America and their lives with their children in a different culture, and the ultimate realization of the main characters - brilliantly played by Tabu, Kal Pen, and Irfaan.

The emotion of Loss has been portrayed extremely poignantly and beautifully by Mira, the loss of one's parents, the loss of one's children, and the loss of one's partner, leaving behind nothing but yourself and trying to find freedom and joy after the loss.This is a universal story , with universal emotions, and one that cuts across all cultures as its a film about what we all go through or will go through.

Tabu and Irfaan as the main couple have delivered a knockout performance, and kal Pen works well as gogol.The emotions are subtly handled and very effectively, as besides making me laugh at many points, the film made me cry for a long time ,well after it was over.

Sooni Taraporewala, has written a fabulous screenplay, and this film for me is my top film this year, Babel comes close.


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