Wednesday, May 2, 2007

NameSake - Movie Review


Rating 4/5

It’s a down to Earth movie without the ‘acceptable extraordinary’ situations usually seen in mainstream Bolloywood movies. The India-born, Manhattan-based director Mira Nair sketches characters in such a way that you can relate to almost all the characters at the same time….i.e., you will be thinking that you would do the same thing if you were in his/her shoes….

The story revolves around the arranged marriage of Ashore (Irfan Khan) and Ashima (Tabu) , the initial struggle of a newly wedded Indian bride in Manhattan, the pet name Gogol given to their son(Kal Penn), the struggles of the son in later life in accepting the name and who finally accepts it with a sense of pride, the understanding and humble Father who wants to tell his son many things but leaves for him to discover them by himself ,the parental acceptance of the 'distance' teenage/adult life creates between them and their children, the husband who teaches his reserved homely wife to be independent and the sheer thoughtfulness and practicality of his final lesson for her, the son who gives up his blonde GF for a Bengali girl only to find 1+1 is never 2 in real life, the pain of infidelity, the fact that there is so much more we don’t know about our parents which ironically ,we realize only after their demise .

Plus

- Identifiable characters with whom one can empathize.
-Great camera work and shots of Kolkata city.
-Greating acting by Irfan,Tabu and Kal Penn
-Bengali beauty Moushumi played by Zuleikha Robinson ;-)

Minus

-If you cant relate to the characters, you may get bored :-)

5 comments:

Ashvin said...

oye, mast review dude..
have a jolly good weekend and njoy home!!!

btw, just remove black as the black background... its a pain to read

Karteek said...

Great that photo blog became movie review blog :P

Anoop said...

da...do u really want to make this a movie review site..

Monu Joy said...

@ Ashvin : As soon as i find a good replacement template... :-)

@ Karteek / Anoop : Seriously guys....its so true... i watch movies every weekend and due to time constraints i am taking a easier route...may be i should start a separate blog... :-)

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