A little observation of two movies The Namesake and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
– Both based in the USA and India in parallel space and time.
– Both talk about two generations of developing India and the gap.
– Both deal with culture divide (to some extent, for sure)
– Both have the issue of non-conventional marriages
– Both directed by renowned directors of their times.
– But, both of them can be precisely distinguished in two distinct genres of movies.
So I was finally impelled and tied to the theatre seat for once to see a movie, and hence killing the sloth god in me. But at the end of it, I was the one who came out stuffed with satisfaction. For once, during the movie when there wasn’t much discussion taking place on screen, I was wondering that what makes this movie so placidly entertaining and I realized that it’s the lack of major Bollywood ingredients – noise, gloss and overplay of emotions, drama and the great Indian circuses. So subtle in its own domain, the movie walks at a leisurely pace, giving a complete worth for the viewer’s time (finding worth for your money, depends on your yardsticks) and senses.
Tabu has always impressed me, in spite of her very few recent appearances on celluloid, she looks amazing in all the different moulds she does in the movie. She plays Ashima and lives her fully in span of two and a half hours. A young Bengali girl, a lot fresh bride in a cold city on the other side of the globe, an old lady managing complexities of her life and her children’s. Irfan Khan justifies why he’s been getting all these offers from outside his own country and so little from his own. Amazing performer he is, without much hullabaloo he carries the role of Ashok Ganguly, doing complete justice to the fiction character.
Gogol, the character around which the whole movie rotates is played by Kal Penn (yes, the guy you watched in Harold & Kumar and American desi), who turns 30 today, but still manages to play a younger role with the same exuberance (and ignorance) of a youth, as required.
A fan of ‘The Interpreter of maladies’ by Jhumpa Lahiri, I now regret that I missed reading the book before the movie. ‘Salaam Bombay’, ‘Monsoon Wedding’ and now ‘The Namesake’, Mira Nair as thorough as she is controversial, ah, perhaps more thorough than controversial. For any Mira Nair, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tabu, Irfan khan fan this movie becomes an obvious must.
A lot of buddies have disliked the movie, a lot criticized it, some liked it, a few loved it and would be in the last category of them, the lovers, make your choice later, but for Godsake! Go and see it now, its getting off the screens, rush!