Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Namesake...

The idea of Indian immigrants in America is a nice topic to picture. No dirty roads with cows, air conditioned houses with huge lawn etc etc. But it is not the lavish settings of Hindi movies, but more about the true style of living; the desperate craving to hold on to the Indian roots while still wanting to be and have everything American. Karan Johar can make any foreign city look good and glamorous. You would want to see The Namesake if you want something sensible and closer to reality. The struggle of ABCDs (American Born Confused Desi) could be a "cool" topic to make a movie about and anything about the immigrants’ style of living and their “americanising” is fun on screen.
It was amusing to see how the immigrants have to wait for a letter from India to name their new born but are forced to give him an immediate name (Gogol, simply because his father was the Russian author’s fan) before getting discharged from the hospital. His parents finally name him Nikhil but as per his preference in pre school, Gogol is retained. America gives this preference to 4 year old kids. Good!! He finally changes the name to from Gogol to Nikhil when he decides Gogol would not look good on his credit card and driver’s license. When Gogol, the ABCD, visits India with his parents, he falls in love with Indian architecture at Taj Mahal and decides to major in Architecture at college. And this was either in search of an identity or he just fell for the beauty and science of architecture. But I liked this part. Other typical things in the movie are like every Indian immigrant story; How they would continue to live in the U.S of A for decades and still calculate 1 dollar= 45 rupees? And how they return to India for a vacation and get Royal treatment for being the “NRI”...!

2 comments:

Preethi Vallam said...

Can't believe that naming a child could be a such big story and bollywood could actually make a movie outta it!

Arjun Sharma said...

I wanted to watch it last weekend, but my parents thwarted my plans.

Gogol's not actually a bad name. 'Dostoyevsky' -- now there's a bad name for you.

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