The Namesake (2007)
March 9, 2007 (Limited)
Rated PG-13 for sexuality/nudity, a scene of drug use, some disturbing images and brief language
"The Namesake" is the story of the Ganguli family whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld to a new world without forgetting the old. Though parents Ashoke and Ashima (Irfan Khan, Tabu) long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol (Kal Penn) is torn between finding his own...
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Kal Penn, who is most recognized as Kumar from Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Van Wilder
and, hell, even a silent thug in Superman Returns
, takes a stab at the dramatic in Mira Nair's The Namesake
, a movie about an Indian-American man who has to come to terms with his cultural upbringing and family commitments, despite his recent push to turn his back on everything he knows.
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