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Mira Nair was the director of the popular 2001 film,
"Monsoon Wedding." Her latest film, "The Namesake,"
adapted from the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, follows Gogol, the
American-born son of Indian immigrants, through the trials of adolescence,
compounded by culture clash. He wants to fit in among his fellow New
Yorkers. His family wants him to maintain their traditional ways.
Nair says she shot the film as if Calcutta and New York were one city
"because that's what it feels like to be between worlds. The
kind of in-between thing that Ashoke and Ashima (Gogol's parents)
feel in their soul, being in New York, thinking of Calcutta. But as
Gogol enters their world, I think the film becomes less nostalgic and
much more about the present."
Interview with director and cast members
A sampling of
background on the film