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To EACH his OWN..
Jan 19, 2008 02:07 PMRead
This is not a review.. if you are expecting a review please move to someone else’s work.. this is a rant a pure rant… I will just try to wrap it up in 7500.. no promises..When I was a kid I read somewhere that a picture speaks more than a 1000 words.. our director' also might have read this ...Read More

The Name Sake
Nov 28, 2007 11:39 PMRead
Watching the movie "The Name Sake" was a great experience for a person like me who is born to a cross culture. I was struck by the directors ability to convey such a beatiful yet practical issues in a braoder way. The Name Sake is also one of the best selling novels by "Jhumpa Lahiri", The movie...Read More

I aM WhAT i Am
Sep 30, 2007 11:12 PMRead
Director: Mira NairProducer: Lydia PicherWhat do you say to a film that means that you resemble OR are even known because of someone else!*You callyourself by that name . thats NAMESAKE for you!Easily identifiable, fantastic character play, super cinematography, super acts, super...Read More


Simply Soul Touching!
May 30, 2007 03:01 PMRead
If you come from india's urban middle class, you will instantly connect with this movie. The movie takes you to usa to learn about the experiences of a bengali young newly married couple. but, I realised that the story is universal. the experiences in the story could even happen to you in a city...Read More

Apr 15, 2007 05:01 PMRead
Front Office Crew: Gogol(Kal Penn), Ashima(Tabu), Ashoke(Irfan Khan), Moushumi Mazumdar(Zuleikha Robinson), Maxine(Jacinda Barrett)Back Office Crew: Story Writer(Jhumpa Lahiri), Producers(Lydia Dean Pilcher & Mira Nair), Associate Producer(Dinaz Stafford), Director(Mira Nair), Screenwriter(S...Read More

Bhelpuri but without spice
Apr 11, 2007 06:46 PMRead
I think its a good movie but something is missing. The Director is stronger than the story  I guess. For eg. In a scene where Tabu i.e. Ashima tries out the american shoes of the future hubby you feel like too much detailing is done for the shot. It conveys nothing.Irfaan has a very bad look...Read More

Missing identities of indian diaspora.......
Apr 10, 2007 11:31 PMRead
Truly scintillating movie enjoyed every single stills of the film..........Life of a common man.... his aspiration.... onward journey to become indian diaspora is well shot.......Irfan Khan has done a wonderful character trully indian yet Videshi kinda thing ..Tabu has given an awesome performan...Read More

A Name is a Name is a name....
Apr 09, 2007 08:00 AMRead
Based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s best selling novel, Mira Nair’s version targets the NRI audience in a touching film of parenthood and the challenges that lie for immigrants in The United States of America. It is a deeply felt look at the ties of family and birthplace, the loneliness of living far from ...Read More

The Gift that life is.....
Apr 04, 2007 02:39 PMRead
DIRECTOR- Mira NairCAST- Irrfan Khan, Kal Penn, Tabu, Zuleikha Robinson, Jacinda Barrett.A father is telling his peculiarly named son “Gogol” about the origins of his name….about the horrific night the father was travelling by train, and the train derailed. The father would have been lef...Read More

The Namesake - review
Apr 04, 2007 10:03 AMRead
Around 7-8 months back, I saw a preview trailer of The Namesake in NY. From that day on I longed to see the complete feature film. Was that wait worth it?'Yes' to a large extent. Its a film that you would appreciate if you tried unravelling what each scene tried to convey, if you did not mind be...Read More

The Inheritance of Loss
Apr 02, 2007 08:39 PMRead
Our existence, in a way comprises of two life spans. One is the life that we actually live. The other is the life when we remain in the heart and mind of our off springs. The story of Namesake, reiterate that fact, spanning three generations of a Bengali family. Characters of each generation set...Read More

The Namesake---Not Mira Nair' best
Apr 02, 2007 04:02 PMRead
How often do we get fooled by awesome reviews and get into a cinema hall and later on realise that we were better off at home !Well, most of our Hindi Movies could fall in that category.When I went to watch 'The Namesake', I had great memories of Mira Nair's'Monsoon Wedding and decided to give t...Read More

Apr 02, 2007 12:53 PMRead
The Namesake is an interesting movie. It is not a great movie, but it’s a good one. Adaptations of books into movies have never been easy, and rarely has it been done with as much sincerity as artists like Kubrick or Ray. Mira Nair does a commendable job with the task of showing alienated countr...Read More

Original Story
Apr 02, 2007 09:17 AMRead
The storyline of the movie is so strong that it glued you with your seat. Thanks to Jhumpa Lahiri for portraying such a real life story yet keep it attractive. Every character has a role to play and they played their best. There is no melodrama.Tabu as Ashima remind us Tabu’s earlier days pe...Read More

The loneliest place in the world
Apr 01, 2007 05:31 AMRead
When we are "out of home", everything seems to be lonely. Having house to sleep, Having food to eat doesn't mean that we are not "homeless".Some western reviewer said " The movie is about homesickness" but I thought the loss of home is more than that( Alienation is the state of not being com...Read More

I Love to Love this movie.....
Apr 01, 2007 01:02 AMRead
I saw this movie just now....i felt so nice and close to my culture and values that I do not have words to express....The movie is about indian bengali couple..i.e. Irfan Khan and Tabu...residing abroad...just after their marriage...How they spend their life their and have children...but cud'nt ...Read More

A host of Golden Daffodils
Mar 27, 2007 10:31 PMRead
Introduction Namesake is based on the debut novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, inspired by the author’s own quandary of being a “London born American Bengali”, away from Kolkata, & the fact that she adapted her nick name over her good name- Nilanjana. All Bengali’s have two names. A nickname is a neat outc...Read More

Sorry Mira - the book's better!
Mar 26, 2007 06:12 PMRead
Went ahead to watch it just for the sake of the book - and out of myown curiousity of what Mira Nair had made of it, and especially aftertheencouraging response from the film fraternity and internationalfestivals. So here I am, sitting in front of the computer, hours aftermov...Read More

Unusual but FINE...
Mar 23, 2007 08:11 PMRead
The Namesake is a story that is more appealing as a novel as compared to the film.The film keeps you glued, more for its storytelling than the actual story itself. And Mira Nair's storytelling is so effective that it overpowers the one-dimensional plot of the film.So go on reading this short rev...Read More

Mar 19, 2007 06:38 PMRead
Written by: Jhumpa Lahri(Novel)Directed by: Mira NairGenre: Drama/Coming Age, IndiaRated: PG-13Running Time: 2 HRS 2 minsTheatrical Release: March 9, 2007 LimitedDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesThe Cast: Kal Penn, Jacinda Barrett, Irfan Khan, Tabu, Zuleikha Robin...Read More



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