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The Namesake  (2007 - Hindi)

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  • Making things happen :)

    The Namesake rating: 7 out of 10

    By Making things happen :) (23 Mar 2008)

    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, ... » read more

  • Nishit Rawat

    The Namesake rating: 6 out of 10

    By Nishit Rawat(11 Jun 2008)

    I watched the movie with high expectations... Mira Nair, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tabu, Irrfan Khan ... oh, and I was disappointed. Let me tell you first why I should have liked it - I grew up in Kolkata. So, the moment I see Howrah Bridge or the yellow Ambassador taxi I already half sold. Top that with the fact that I got married (somewhat like Ashima and Ashok) and came to the US and experience the dilemmas that the movie potrays about first generation immigrants. And yet, I think Nair just chose the wrong story to film. I would bet that there are layers of emotions and significant ... » read more

  • Nishit Rawat

    The Namesake rating: 6 out of 10

    By Nishit Rawat(11 Jun 2008)

    Continued.. And, that is not my only gripe - I expected Nair to be more thorough. Much like those English chants of 'Kill him, kill him' in the Hindi version of Kamasutra, she has done a rather shoddy job on the edges. How can you have a Telegraph - The Unputdownable ad set in 60's in Kolkata? I grew up seeing that ad launched in the 90's. And, was I the only one who found it odd that there was a boatman singing during the final rites of Ashoke? And, how come a pivotal scene of the train accident and subsequent realization (the core of the whole Gogol theme) was shot ... » read more

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