The Namesake

Synopsis: While traveling by train to visit his grandfather in Jamshedpur, Calcutta born, Bengali-speaking Ashoke Ganguli meets with fellow-traveler, Ghosh, who impresses upon him to travel, while Ashoke is deep into a book authored by Nicholai Gogol. The train meets with an accident, and after recuperating, Ashoke re-locates to America, settles down, returns home in 1977 to get married to aspiring singer, Ashima, and returns home to New York. Shortly thereafter they become parents of a boy, who they initially name Gogol, and a few years later both give birth to Sonia. The family then buy their own house in the suburbs and travel to India for the first time after their marriage. The second time they travel to India is when Gogol and Sonia are in their late teens, and after a memorable visit to Kolkata and then to the Taj Mahal, they return home. Gogol falls in love with Maxine Ratliff and moves in with her family, while Ashoke spends time traveling, and Sonia moves to California, leaving Ashima
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Mira Nair
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  4 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

Lets hide them under the covers here.

Time of contractions.

Rana! Hey Rana!

all there.

I have already checked.

His eyes are black as a blackberry.

Black as his hair.

How are you feeling? Was it alright?

His cute voice is the

first miracle of my life.

You are the second one.

Mrs. Ganguly? I am Mr. Wilcox.

What do you want to name the baby?

My husband is going to name him.

He's asking about the baby's name.

We are waiting for my

wife's grandmother to choose.

will she be here soon?

She is in India. She is

more than 85 years old.

But there is no hurry.

Some of my cousins, you know, were

not named till they were 6 years old.

Until then, they were

called by their 'that' number.

- 'That' means?

- Pet names.

We all have two names.

One pet name:

One good name:

Unfortunately in this country,

a baby cannot be released

from a hospital without

a birth certificate and a birth

certificate requires a name.

How about... Baby Boy Ganguly?

Baby One?

Till the letter arrives.

Afterwards, will you change it?

In fact, what we should do?

I wouldn't. Too much

red tape. Expensive too.

Sleep on it.

Baby Boy Ganguly?

What do you say?

We could call him Gogol.

Till the letter arrives.

Later we could change it.

We would not be here

but for Gogol's blessings.

Hold still. Hold still!

Don't move!

One... two... three... say cheese!

Uncle! Auntie! Look, Gogol!

- Did this just come in?

- Yes!

How beautiful!

Rana, look, Ashima's son! Gogol!


I want to go home.

I don't want to raise Gogol

in this lonely country.

This is the land of opportunity, Ashima.

He can become whatever he

wants, study whatever he desires.

Here the options are limitless.

Don't you want to give him that?

Thank you.

You're welcome.

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Sooni Taraporevala

Sooni Taraporevala (born 1957) is an Indian screenwriter, photographer and filmmaker who is best known as the screenwriter of Mississippi Masala, The Namesake and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay (1988), all directed by Mira Nair.She directed her first feature film, based on a screenplay of her own, an ensemble piece set in Bombay, in Spring, 2007, entitled Little Zizou. This film explores issues facing the Parsi community to which she belongs. She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi & the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. more…

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