The Namesake (2006)

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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...
Kal Penn as Gogol
Tabu as Ashima
Irrfan Khan as Ashoke
Jacinda Barrett as Maxine
Zuleikha Robinson as Moushumi Mazumdar
Brooke Smith as Sally
Sahira Nair as Sonia
Jagannath Guha as Ghosh
Ruma Guha Thakurta as Ashoke's Mother
Sandip Deb as Music Teacher
Sukanya as Rini
Tanushree Shankar as Ashima's Mother
Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Ashima's Father
Tamal Ray Chowdhury as Ashoke's Father
Dhruv Mookerji as Rana
Dhruv Mookerji as Rana
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This movie makes you think and touches every chord of your body. The emptiness that surrounds you and the hardship that an immigrant goes through.


I thought the movie was ver well done plot wise, visually and accousticly. The characters were real and each well developed with their own slue of mistakes along the way. They were not polished and thuse you as the viewer could really connect with many aspects of their struggle. The movie covered a lot more stories then I expected and was a bit longwinded but still would recommend it.


Mira Nair has done an absolutely fantastic job of illustrating the cultural issues faced by an Indian family which is trying to assimilate into the American culture. The story revolves around an Indian guy, Gogol, who is born and bought up in US. Gogol understands his 'namesake' after some sorry events. Overall a very good emotional movie.


I often go to see new releases, but it is infrequent that the films I see stay with me days and weeks after the viewing. The experiences of the Ganguli family ring true for immigrants of all courtiers. The film depicts the cultural gaps between parents and their American-born children. As the years go by, the children become aware of the sacrifices their parents made and gain an appreciation for the people and the country from which they stem.

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