The Namesake | Chicago Reader

The Namesake

Rated PG-13 122 minutes 2007

After trying her hand at Thackeray with Vanity Fair, director Mira Nair found a literary property much closer to her heart: Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel about a Bengali couple and their children trying to find their place in American culture. The first part of the movie focuses on the parents, a college professor and his wife by arranged marriage (Bollywood stars Tabu and Irrfan Khan); the second belongs more to their headstrong, Americanized son (Kal Penn, earning his dramatic stripes after a series of collegiate comedies) as he grows to appreciate his roots. Connecting these two stories is a profound sense of identity being passed from one generation to the next, as the power of a great culture is personalized in a father's love for his son. PG-13, 122 min.

Film Credits

Official Site:

Director: Mira Nair

Writer: Sooni Taraporevala

Producer: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair, Ronnie Screwvala, Yasushi Kotani and Taizo Son

Cast: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Zuleikha Robinson, Jacinda Barrett, Glenne Headly, Brooke Smith, Sahira Nair and Jessica Blank


The Namesake

Show Times

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for The Namesake

Add a review


Select a star to rate.