The Namesake


2h 2m 2006

Brief Synopsis

The Gangulis family comes to the U.S. from India in order to experience a world of limitless opportunities--only to be confronted with the perils and confusion of trying to build a meaningful life in a baffling new society. On the heels of their arranged marriage, Ashoke and Ashima jet off from swe

Film Details

Also Known As
Destino nel nome, Il Destino nel nome, Namesake
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Sukanta Majumdar
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
Calcutta, India; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m

Synopsis

The Gangulis family comes to the U.S. from India in order to experience a world of limitless opportunities--only to be confronted with the perils and confusion of trying to build a meaningful life in a baffling new society. On the heels of their arranged marriage, Ashoke and Ashima jet off from sweltering Calcutta to a wintry New York where they begin their new life together. Virtual strangers to one another and with Ashima now living in a new and very strange land, their relationship quickly takes a turn when Ashima gives birth to a son. Under pressure to name him quickly, Ashoke settles on Gogol, after the famous Russian author--a name that serves as a link to a secret past and, Ashoke hopes, a better future. But life isn't as easy for Gogol as his parents might wish. As a first-generation American teenager, Gogol must learn to tread a razor-thin line between his Bengali roots and his American birthright in the search for his own identity. As Gogol attempts to forge his destiny--rejecting his given name, dating a rich American girl, heading to study architecture at Yale--his parents cling to their Bengali traditions. But their paths keep crossing with both comic and painfully revelatory consequences until Gogol begins to see the links between the world his parents left behind and the new world that lies in front of him.

Crew

Terry Adams

Driver

Julien Louis Marc Aletti

Song

Gina R. Alfano

Adr Editor

Allan Amin

Stunt Coordinator

Harish Amin

Production Supervisor

Robyn Aronstam

Script Supervisor

Shankar Asari

Swing

Federico Aubele

Song Performer

Ann Marie Auricchio

Scenic Artist

Ulhas Bapat

Music

Megha Barnabas

Costumes

Russell Barnes

Art Department Coordinator

Puloma Basu

Production Assistant

Tuli Basu

Art Department Coordinator

Avani Batra

Assistant Director

Ashley Bearden

Assistant Production Coordinator

Kenny Becker

Color Timer

Kristin Cameron Bernstein

Assistant Director

Martin Bernstein

Construction Coordinator

Arjun Bhasin

Costume Designer

Aditi Bhattacharya

Casting

Sammy Bhattacharya

Office Production Assistant

Mitali Bhawmik

Song

Garrett Boehling

Crane Grip

Ami Boghani

Assistant

David Bolton

Adr

Jason Bonilla

Song

Jayanta Bose

Song

Joyati Bose

Assistant Director

Joydeep Bose

Camera Trainee

Brian Bowles

Dialogue Editor

Norman Bryn

Makeup Artist

James S Buckman

Transportation Captain

Robert Buckman

Transportation Co-Captain

Milton Buras

Hair Stylist

Jeff Butcher

Property Master

Daniella Capistrano

Art Department

Stephanie Carroll

Production Designer

Thom Chadly

Music

Emily Chakraborty

Casting

Kajol Chakraborty

Transportation Manager

Tanmoy Chakroborty

Art Director

Rachel Chancey

Foley Editor

Debjit Chanda

Transportation Coordinator

Kiran Chandra

Art Department

Kiran Chandra

Props

Pinaki Chatterjee

Set Production Assistant

Indranil Chowdhury

Transportation Coordinator

Praveen Chowdhury

Set Production Assistant

Pritam Chowdhury

Unit Manager

Reshmin Chowdhury

Song Performer

Salil Chowdhury

Song

Sarah Clarke

Office Runner

Linda Cohen

Music Supervisor

George Collins

Driver

Yana Collins Lehman

Post-Production Accountant

Ryan Collison

Foley

Kathleen Corgan

Assistant Camera

Kelley Cribben

Post-Production Supervisor

Gourmet Cuisine

Caterer

Lori Cuisinier

Art Department

Keith Culbertson

Rerecording

Ian Dalsemer

Song

Chandan Das

Location Manager

Kartik Das

Song

Lakhan Das

Song Performer

Nirmal Chandra Das

On-Set Dresser

Rajendra Kumar Das

Assistant Art Director

Rajendra Kumar Das

Construction Manager

Santi Das

Art Assistant

Surjyakiran Das

Apprentice

Arun Dasgupta

Dialect Coach

Subal Dasgupta

Song

Sudhin Dasgupta

Music Lyrics

Sudhin Dasgupta

Song

John M Davis

Music Editor

John Davis

Music Editor

Maurice Davis

Apprentice

Vijay Dayal

Engineer

Michael Decasper

Assistant Director

Mulchand Dedhia

Gaffer

Rita Dey

Hair Stylist

Manny Diez

Song

Adam Dorn

Song

Natalie N. Dorset

Props Assistant

Lori Keith Douglas

Coproducer

Lori Keith Douglas

Unit Production Manager

David Dreishpoon

Craft Service

Aref Durvesh

Song

John Durzba

Location Assistant

Geeta Dutt

Song Performer

Lynette D¿souza

Dubbing Mixer

Ann Edgeworth

Props Assistant

The Elements

Song Performer

Fred Elmes

Director Of Photography

Karen E. Etcoff

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Curtis Europe

Driver

Michelle Farrell

Scenic Artist

Billy Featherstone

Driver

James Feldman

Set Production Assistant

Jennifer Freed

Post-Production Accountant

Samuel Friedman

Best Boy Electric

Jay Fung

Song

Mara Galus

Loader

Anup Kumar Ganguli

Makeup Assistant

Pushan Ganguli

Set Production Assistant

Kenneth Garrison

Driver

Michel Gaucher

Song

Nazafrin Gazdar

Hair Stylist

Steve Geiger

Scenic Artist

Chris Gelles

Visual Effects Producer

Gregory Gelles

Software Engineer

Abbot Genser

Photography

Ganesh Ghosh

Production

Rituparno Ghosh

Interpreter

Sumana Ghosh

Interpreter

Alex Gimeno

Song

Kelly Gleason

Makeup Artist

Nupur Goenka

Apprentice

Sandeep Gondalekar

Location Assistant

Stone Gossard

Song

Mahesh Gowda

Grip

D Dylan Gray

Assistant Director

Dylan Gray

Assistant Director

Indranil Halder

Production Assistant

Matthew Hales

Song

Thalia Harithas

Apprentice

Rebecca Harper

Art Department

Michael Hartel

Assistant Location Manager

Asal Hejazi

Post-Production

Sean Hogan

Production Accountant

Michael Holmstrom

Sound Engineer

Anadil Hossain

Line Producer

Richard Hubka

Driver

Shantanu Hudlikar

Engineer

Zakir Hussain

Costumes

Stephen Hussey

Music Conductor

Caroline Irons

Scenic Artist

David Isyomin

Visual Effects Supervisor

Shernaz Italia

Coordinator

Maya Iwabuchi

Music

Abdul Jabbar

Tailor

Shankar Jaikishan

Song

Dean James

Music Editor

Saurabh Jana

Sculptor

Allyson C Johnson

Editor

Tess Joseph

Casting

Abhishek Kandelwal

Engineer

Bill Kane

Art Department

Sivan Kaplan

Art Department

Paul Katz

Sound Engineer

Jim Kelly

Driver

Eric Kench

Location Assistant

Bryan Kenneth

Art Department

Bismillah Khan

Song Performer

Dilshat Khan

Music

Sonia Deepak Khanduri

Apprentice

Saurabh Kikani

Office Runner

Yukie Kito

Coproducer

Yvonne De Kock

Stunts

Thomas Kodros

Sound

Robin Koenig

On-Set Dresser

Elliot Koss

Apprentice

Yasushi Kotani

Executive Producer

Connie Kozaleck

Scenic Artist

G Monic Kumar

Assistant Camera

Niladri Kumar

Music

Bolai Kundu

Art Assistant

Jhumpa Lahiri

Source Material

Suttirat Larlarb

Art Director

Eric Lasco

Assistant Director

David Laurentin

Assistant

Sean Leahy

Driver

Kurt Lennig

Rigging Gaffer

Scott Liapis

Art Department

Denzil Linhares

Production Assistant

Sara Loewenthal

Music

Jonathan Lumley

Gaffer

Thomas Lynch

Digital Effects Artist

Nitin Madan

Office Production Assistant

Ellen Mahlke

Key Costumer

Sukanta Majumdar

Cable Operator

Nalini Malini

Art Department

Raghu Mandal

Production

Lydia Marks

Set Decorator

Matthew Mars

Song

Taylor Marshall-green

Accountant

Edgar Martin

Dolly Grip

Nitya Mehra

Assistant Director

Hollis Meminge

Assistant Camera

Bruno Michels

Set Production Assistant

Sam Mills

Song

Naeem Mohaiemen

Interpreter

Nadia Mohammad

Apprentice

Christina Morales

Costumes

Kellie Morrison

Location Manager

Urmilla Lal Motwani

Wardrobe Supervisor

Milan Moudgill

Photography

Basab Mullik

Camera Trainee

James Murphy

Stunts

Film Details

Also Known As
Destino nel nome, Il Destino nel nome, Namesake
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Sukanta Majumdar
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
Calcutta, India; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States March 9, 2007

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States December 2006

Released in United States October 2006

Released in United States on Video November 27, 2007

Released in United States September 2006

Released in United States Spring March 9, 2007

Shown at Dubai International Film Festival (Operation Cultural Bridge) December 10-17, 2006.

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 18-November 2, 2006.

Shown at Rome Film Festival (Premiere) October 13-21, 2006.

Based on the novel "Namesake" written by Jhumpa Lahiri; published by Houghton Mifflin Company September 1, 2003.

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 18-November 2, 2006.)

Limited Release in United States March 9, 2007

Released in United States Spring March 9, 2007

Released in United States September 2006 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 1-4, 2006.)

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Rome Film Festival (Premiere) October 13-21, 2006.)

Released in United States on Video November 27, 2007

Released in United States December 2006 (Shown at Dubai International Film Festival (Operation Cultural Bridge) December 10-17, 2006.)

Source material won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize.