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Release Date: March 9th, 2007

DVD Release Date: November 27th, 2007

PG-13|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
After moving from Calcutta to New York, members of the Ganguli family maintain a delicate balancing act between honoring the traditions of their native India and blending into American culture. Although parents Ashoke (Irrfan Khan) and Ashima (Tabu) are proud of the sacrifices they make to give their offspring opportunities, their son Gogol (Kal Penn) strives to forge his own identity without forgetting his heritage.

Cast: Kal Penn, Tabu , Irrfan Khan, Zuleikha Robinson, Jacinda Barrett, Glenne Headly, Brooke Smith, Sahira Nair

Director: Mira Nair

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Mirabai Films

Distributors: Fox

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  • This immensely pleasurable film is anything but dry. It's a saga of the immigrant experience that captures the snap, crackle and pop of American life, along with the pounding pulse, emotional reticence, volcanic colors and cherished rituals of Indian culture.

  • It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect. show more

  • It is hard to imagine a better cast or production values so the film should find audiences among sophisticated urban adults. show more

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