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The Namesake (U/A)

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Release Date

23 Mar 2007
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A Mira Nair film is special! Over the years, Mira's films have won tremendous acclaim and admirers on home turf as well as on foreign soil. Although opinions and feedback to her films vary, there's no denying that the competent storyteller handles human relationships with astute sensitivity.

The Namesake, based on Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel, is a cinematic triumph. Like Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake explores human relationships, besides raising several poignant issues in those two hours: The diverse cultures and how most children belonging to Asian-American families find themselves in a quandary. The clash of the old and the new, when asked to follow their traditional values.

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