The Namesake ()

directed by Mira Nair
featuring Kal Penn, Tabu, Irfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett, Zuleikha Robinson

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A couple coming to terms with living in a new culture discover their troubles are compounded by their son in this drama from filmmaker Mira Nair. Ashoke (Irfan Khan) and Ashima (Tabu) are a young couple who are brought together in an arranged marriage and soon leave Calcutta to seek their fortune in America. As the couple becomes accustomed to one another, they learn to deal with the coolness and superficiality of life in New York, even as they revel in the opportunities the city offers them. Before long, Ashima gives birth ...

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Jan 19, 2009

Expected More, but Good Nevertheless

When I watched it, I was left disappointed. The previews made this movie seem so enticing and unreal (in a good way), that I guess I had high hopes coming into it. I definitely think this is the movie to appreciate with the right mood.

It's one that requires a lot of mind and reflection, so if you're in a goofy mood, those won't be your cup of tea.

This film is beautiful in trying to explain the struggles of immigrants to a new foreign, more modern land. The clash of culture and tradition to the inviting temptations of secularism, materialism, and modernization. Tabu was excellent in this.

Sometimes I thought this movie was far too quiet though. When I think of culture clash of Indian-American, I think of something a lot louder (I come from experience). So I guess it was too subtle to be real. But then again, that's what makes this different from other Indian culture clash movies. This is the mental aspect.

So although I recognize its merits and strengths, I myself didn't enjoy it as I wanted. That's to be fair.

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