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The Namesake
     
  Release Date: 03/16/07

Starring: Jagannath Guha, Kal Penn, Zuleikha Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

Director: Mira Nair

Rating: (PG-13)
 
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Genre
  Drama
   
  Running Time
  122 min
   
  Distributor
  Fox Searchlight Pictures
   
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NEW YORK VIEW
Stoner extraordinaire Kal Penn earns a new reputation for himself in Mira Nair's wonderful adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel. Nair's lush visual sensibility and intimate touch with family history is on display —but Penn grounds it all with shrugs and wry commentary as an Indian-American who retraces his family's history. This is a major, thoroughly believable performance, and its seriousness is only amplified by Penn's light comic touch.

CINEMASOURCE SYNOPSIS
"The Namesake" is the story of the Ganguli family whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld to a new world without forgetting the old. Although parents Ashoke and Ashima long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol is torn between finding his own unique identity without losing his heritage. Even Gogol's name represents the family's journey into the unknown.