At the house on Pemberton Road, many people come by to sit with them in mourning. Nair has a sympathetic collaborator in Sooni Taraporevala, the Indian screenwriter who also wrote her first two features, 1988 and 1991. Their baby boy is born in the morning. Sonia decides to live there with her mother for a while. The new house is on Pemberton Road, and there are no Bengali neighbors. Annoyed by the Bengali customs of his parents, Gogol totally embraces American popular culture. Ashoke chooses Gogol, the name of the author whose stories he was reading when the train crashed years before.
Johnson; music by Nitin Sawhney; production designer, Stephanie Carroll; produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ms. As she learns more about him, their intimacy deepens. Rescue workers found Ashoke because of the book page he clutched in his hand. Soon, he begins a Serious Relationship with a girl named Maxine. He promptly dumps Maxine and starts hanging out with his family a lot more.
We see her navigate and adapt to this alien land. If your family is from another country, discuss what makes your cultural heritage distinct. Although they all have cigars or champagne to celebrate the announcement, Ashoke is empty-handed. Although both of his parents have been very well educated, and well appreciated by the American people, they always tried to be connected with the people from India, as well as with their people who lived in America as well. To make matters worse, his father dies during this period of neglect and Gogol is wracked with guilt.
His grandfather introduced Ashoke to Russian novels, especially those of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Nikolai Gogol. Ashoke takes a visiting professorship outside Cleveland and moves there for the academic year. But Ashoke survives, and is identified by rescuers by the fluttering page of his Gogol volume, which Ashoke drops when the rescuers are nearby. A lot, it turns out, and especially for our guy Gogol. The couple takes a trip to Paris, where Moushumi delivers a paper at a conference.
We watch Gogol grow up American with roots he only begins to appreciate when he visits India in his 20s. Stopping at a traffic light, listening to the weather report on the radio, the thought of death absent from his mind. Her call to Ashoke is the first sign of the kind of love that is present in their marriage, which is more traditional than the relationships their children will have. Another passenger in his coach, Ghosh, strikes up a conversation. Although he has now left India, the memory of the train crash still haunts Ashoke at times. Parents need to know that The Namesake is a mature drama about two generations of a Bengali family living in New York is a great movie to watch with your teens. Cultural tensions flare when he brings her home to meet his family, and the couple are expected to withhold any expressions of physical affection, according to Indian tradition.
Through experiencing his father's funeral rites on the banks of the , Gogol begins to appreciate Indian culture. Born a Percy, but consider yourself a Jack? He is an angel until about 13, and then his parents, heaven help them, find they have given birth to an American teenager. Two days after their first wedding anniversary, Moushumi comes across a resume at the university from a man named Dimitri Desjardins whom she knows from her teenage and college years. Born a Carol, but consider yourself a Victoria? A year later he finished college and secretly applied to continue his studies abroad, only telling his heartbroken parents after he had been accepted on fellowship. Photo From left, Tabu, Kal Penn and Jacinda Barrett. Ashima gives birth to Gogol's little sister, Sonia, in May.
In the evenings, when he returns from work, Ashima tells him about her daily adventures in the strange world of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with its unblemished rice and pistachio ice cream. But before you rush off to the nearest courthouse to change your name to suit your dreams, it might be comforting to remember that these studies only cover the likelihood of something happening. A word used for library cards, for magazine subscriptions. The Ganguli family will be destined to travel to India again soon - this time under very different circumstances - and after all have endured life-changing events. She is good fun and ambitious. Gogol becomes a lazy, pot smoking teenager indifferent to his cultural background. Before he goes to Ohio for a teaching apprenticeship, Ashoke tells Gogol the story of how he came up with his name.
Advertisement The first meeting of the young woman Ashima Tabu and her proposed husband Ashoke is filmed with subtle charm. Nair, born in India, educated at Harvard, married to a Ugandan, must have felt a resonance on every page of her source, the beloved novel by. Gogol and Moushumi initially resist this blind date, but find that they like and understand one another. The mistake that Ashima makes in translating an idiom from her native Bengali into English heightens her sense of embarrassment and loneliness. The story of upwardly mobile immigrants torn between tradition and modernity as they are absorbed into the American melting pot has been told in countless movies. Ashoke is deeply conscious of his cultural roots while still optimistic about life in America. Ashima Ganguli, expecting a child, makes a snack for herself in the kitchen of her apartment, which she shares with her husband, Ashoke.
Gogol knows nothing of his wife's affair with Dimitri. She moves down to California to lead an independent life. Grieving, Gogol tries to be more like what he thinks his parents want him to be and begins following cultural customs more closely. He works as an architect and dates Maxine , a white woman from a wealthy background, who is clueless about their cultural differences. However, it is time to leave the hospital and the letter has not arrived, so they decide to make up a pet name that will be used until they can officially name their baby based on his grandmother's wishes. Yet while the titular character is Penn's, the movie's strength lies in Gogol's parents, Ashima and Ashoke, who are played by Indian stars Tabu a gorgeous actress with glowing skin and telling eyes and Irfan Khan a quiet force throughout the film.