Mira Nair's exquisite film is one of the best she's
directed, and "The Namesake", based on Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, is a deeply
absorbing journey of a family's migration from Calcutta to New York and its
successive generation's return to the ancestral homeland of India. Kal
Penn (far left, of "Harold and Kumar") is great here as the Americanized son of
Indian parents (played by Irrfan Khan and Tabu (far right) -- Mr. Khan (second
from left) is excellent here and should be nominated by the Academy for his
work; he is also great in "A Mighty Heart".) The sumptuous visions on
display as Ms. Nair explores cultural barriers, homesickness, assimilation,
interracial romance and familial traditions and rituals, are visions of
splendor. One can taste New York City and Calcutta just by watching the
glorious film that is "The Namesake". Ms. Nair reaches back to her roots
and creates a tapestry of texture, color and intricately woven storylines, in a
film that has great scope as well as intimacy.
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