Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Namesake (2007) - English Movie Review

Ranking: 4/5

Cast: Tabu, Irfan Khan, Kal Pen
Director: Mira Nair
Story: Jhumpa Lahiri


Namesake is a well written story turned into a brilliant movie. The screenplay, script, direction, acting, casting, finer details are all in the right place and have been pushed to the right amount. It is a must watch and surely a family watch too. I wish a couple of love making scenes could have been avoided so that it could be viewed by children too. I saw the preview for the movie and unfortunately had to sit in the second row and few love making scenes surely did not look good that close. My friend and I were giggling sitting there bringing back memories from childhood.

Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli are first generations Indians in America who establish a simple life for themselves and their two American born children Gogol and Sonia. The story is about Ashoke, Ashima and their relationship essentially with their son. Gogol hates his name and gets it changed to Nikhil, he dates an American girl and starts ignoring his parents but he changes. A flashback from his father's life and loosing his father bring about a change in Gogol. He still prefers to be called Nikhil but the name surely has impacted and it changes his life forever.

This is certainly a brilliant story to show the metamorphic life of immigrants in any different country. I have read hte book and seen the movie and both of them are brilliant. Don't miss a chance to catch it in the talkies.

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