American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
**Trailers: History Boys, Last King Of Scotland, Notes on a Scandal
**Commentary by Director Mira Nair
**DELETED SCENES - Optional Commentary by Director Mira Nair:
*Ashoke Looks at Baby Gogol
*This is so not you, Mo
*Mo Visits her Lover
**"The Anatomy of The Namesake: A Class at Columbia University's Graduate Film School"
**Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Kal Penn
**Kolkata Love Poem
**Photography as Inspiration
**Trailers: The Flying Scotsman, Water, In America, Blind Dating
Cast & Crew
What holds it together are the subtle loving performances by Tabu and Khan, both Bollywoood stars. They never overplay, never spell out what can be said in a glance or a shrug, communicate great passion very quietly.
It is a saga told in small pieces, a patchwork of short scenes that tumble after each other almost apologetically, as if they would love to linger a little longer, but there is too much to tell and only so much time in which to do it.
Intelligent and insightful, The Namesake celebrates family in a unique way.
This is a wonderful movie.
A moving generational drama focusing on a Bengali family but searingly universal in its subtle, tender grasp of love, regret and the search for identity.
The Namesake is three-fourths of a fine film. Which is, of course, far better than most.
Mira Nair has made one of the best movies about the immigrant American experience ever. And even if you know nothing about India and its customs, The Namesake is not a movie you have to get into.