Reviews

The Namesake

4

After the lacklustre Vanity Fair, Mira Nair’s back on form with this continent-crossing yet nicely intimate epic. The story deftly shoehorns the 30-year span of the Ganguli family’s immigrant experience into a scant two hours. Saved from a train wreck by the Russian novel he was reading, ’70s student Ashoke (Irfan Khan) emigrates to the States with his teen bride, striving to build a good life and a family. But his son Gogol (named for the scribe who saved his dad) struggles to reconcile his Bengali heritage with an all-American lifestyle. Smart and subtle, Nair concentrates on the pains and pleasures of culture clashes (no Bend It Like Beckham yucks here), aided by Kal Penn’s delicate, sure-footed turn as the dutiful but conflicted Gogol. Extras were unavailable at press time.

 

Film Details

  • 12A
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 30th 2007
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