• The Namesake (2007)

The Namesake

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

Keywords: Transformation, Husband, Mother, 2000s, Son, Emotional, Girlfriend, New York City

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Brims with intelligence, compassion and sensuous delight in the textures, sights and sounds of life--all the way from the Taj Mahal to Pearl Jam. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It has been said that all modern Russian literature came out of Gogol’s “Overcoat.” In the same way, all of us came out of the overcoat of this same immigrant experience. show more

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