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Namesake November 4, 2006

Posted by ujj in previews.

Mira Nair’s latest film Namesake based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel of the same name was the opening film of the IAAC film festival in New York. Namesake is a story describing the good ol cultural shock a Bengali family faces when it moves to foreign land. The story is very different from other “desi” stories that we get to see these days. Infact the novel is itself very different in that sense. I mean it does not treat the problems or dilemmas faced by the family abroad as comic in any way. It gravely delves into the mixed identity of an individual born to desi folks in foreign land. Gogol born into a houselhold thats striving hard to keep up with their dilapidating values is himself trying hard to survive between two conflicting cultures to fit in the one in which he will spend the rest of his life. The novel is a wonderful read for people aiming to do higher studies abroad where they might face this confusion of whether to keep their identity as an Indian and hope to be accepted as that or, to mix in at the cost of dilution of ones own values, or do a little bit of both.

The screenplay has been written by Sooni Taraporevala (Salaam Bombay). Kal Penn, one of the most typical definitive desis in the hollywood plays Gogol. His earlier films like American Desi and Harold and Kumar go to white castle have both showed the light brattish side of him, this would perhaps be the most challenging role hes done till date. Irfan Khan and Tabu playing the parents of Gogol need no introduction. With this caste and team, Namesake obviously demands expectations.

One of my favortite bloggers has already had a talk with Mira Nair and Kal Penn. You can hear them here and read more about it here.



1. Siddhartha Lal - November 9, 2006

has it been released yet?????

2. ujj - November 9, 2006

Not in India bros..

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