Namesake: brings you home

March 30, 2007 at 12:27 am 4 comments

brings you homeNamesake is a journey that takes you through a bengali family’s (mainly through Gogol, the elder child, whose name forms the basis of his very existence and crisis in his relationships) emotional roller-coster as they try hard to blend into the American society. Jhumpa Lahiri’s award winning novel looks into the lives of two generations – the migrated parents and their americanised children; the problems and dilemmas they face to bridge the gap.

Mira Nair’s cinematic treatment makes this journey emotional and enjoyable but cant do full justice to the novel in its entirety. when the credits roll at the end, though you may relate to it, there’s this odd feeling of something missing. from a film-making perspective, the transitions are handled brilliantly, never letting the edges slip with the pace that sometimes goes a little too fast i thought. there are more than a few occassions that are bound to stay in your mind even long after the movie ends; the one when Ashoke (Irfan Khan) reveals to his son (Kal Penn) Gogol about the incident that changed his life and the reason the name Gogol, which clearly embarrases the son and haunts him everywhere; the moment when Gogol realizes what his father meant to him after his sudden demise. there are humors that make you laugh out loud, the harrowing sadness of loss, and sweet smell of love; all together in Namesake. it sinks deep under your skin urging you to look at things that we grossly undermine and ignore – the undying love and sacrifices of our parents. And that truly brings the sense of HOME back to you, all of a sudden.

Tabu and Irrfan clearly steal the show, while Kal Penn (Kumar & Harrolds fame), though he irks you sometimes with his open-mouth :), makes a decent effort. the movie has managed to amuse American audience; slowly moving up on the chart. with the cricket fever already gone, and a niche multiplex audience flocking back to the theaters, Namesake is poised to win hearts here too. A must watch.


Songs i liked:
Theme (instrumental)

Yeh Mera Deewanapan hai




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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ayans  |  April 1, 2007 at 10:06 am


  • 2. M  |  April 2, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Nice. I’ve heard everyone raving about it. Any clues when the DVD will be out?

  • 3. surfryder  |  April 2, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    @ M: welcome and thanks for dropping IN. Fox has employed a very interesting approach in releasing the movie with limited releases and then build market base gradually on the viral marketing / word of mouth kind of publicity. so, dont foresee an early dvd release yet. surprisingly no hacked copies on the web yet!! 🙂

  • 4. Arijita Jash  |  May 11, 2007 at 11:37 am

    I’m really waiting to watch the movie online-coc I’m presently in South Korea where u can never even dream to watch this movie in a cinema house!!
    Will be great to find a link!!


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