Mira Nair’s cinematic treatment makes 'The Namesake' enjoyable but cant do full justice to the novel in its entirety. there’s this odd feeling of something missing. from a film-making perspective, the transitions are handled brilliantly, never letting the edges slip with the pace that sometimes goes a little too fast i thought. there are more than a few occassions that are bound to stay in your mind even long after the movie ends; the one when Ashoke (Irfan Khan) reveals to his son (Kal Penn) Gogol about the incident that changed his life and the reason the name Gogol, which clearly embarrases the son and haunts him everywhere; the moment when Gogol realizes what his father meant to him after his sudden demise. there are humors that make you laugh out loud, the harrowing sadness of loss, and sweet smell of love; all together in Namesake. it sinks deep under your skin urging you to look at things that we grossly undermine and ignore - the undying love and sacrifices of our parents. And that truly brings the sense of HOME back to you, all of a sudden.
Tabu and Irrfan clearly steal the show, while Kal Penn (Kumar & Harrolds fame), though he irks you sometimes with his open-mouth :), makes a decent effort. the movie has managed to amuse American audience; slowly moving up on the chart. with the cricket fever already gone, and a niche multiplex audience flocking back to the theaters, Namesake is poised to win hearts here too. A must watch.