Namesake, The
Namesake, The
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The surprise casting of Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) brought some additional attention to Mira Nair's moving family saga about cultural and generational clashes. The story travels from Calcutta to New York with Ashima (Tabu) and her arranged-marriage husband, Ashoke (Irfan Khan). There, they raise their son, Gogol (Penn), a second-generation immigrant gravitating toward the lifestyles of his American friends. Ashima''s trials in adapting to American life run parallel to Penn''s struggle with identity, fighting against his parents'' traditions and yet ill at ease with the customs of his hip American girlfriend (Jacinda Barrett). Based on a novel by Jhumpa Mira Nair---India/USA---2006---122 mins.

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