August 21, 2009

The Namesake


I wonder if any of you got to see this movie, the Namesake. I am not going to post the review here. Just thought that I should share that its quintessentially so Bengali! and the Director Mira Nair has done an amazing job! Anybody who has lived in Kolkata will easily relate to this film and it has captured the tiny, small little details of life in that city very well, very subtly -you almost have to watch the film closely to notice them. I was transported to the days when I lived in that city, albeit very briefly. Tabu has done an outstanding job in the film and so has Irrfan Khan. Its these two who bring the movie to life. Although I haven't read the book on which the movie is based, the theme has been attempted before, but I must say that this movie stands heads and shoulders above the rest in the theme of cross cultural experiences and struggles of life of NRIs.

If you notice, Kolkata is a city that polarises people. Either we see die hard Kolkatans praise their city to the moon or its Kolkata hai hai! Its a city of absolute opposites (you have the best high-end appartments jostling for space with those that may crumble with a tremor in Andamans:-), the fastest mode of transport, the Metro vies with hand pulled rickshaws!) and I must say I enjoyed my stay there. Having lived, mind you not visited, all the four metros in India, I can say from experience that this city is completely different and the people living in Kolkata are made of a different psyche and don't conform to the general character you come across in Mumbai, Chennai or Delhi. Its kind of hard to put into words what I am saying but if you stay there for over a month, believe me you will understand how different the people are, out there!!

6 comments:

reflections said...
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Raji said...

I wonder what the comment was... It was deleted before I could read! I just wanted to say that I love to read comments to the post, all are welcome to agree / disagree with my views.. After all we live in a democracy and I strongly believe in freedom of expression:-)

narendra shenoy said...

We spent a few days in Kolkata last october. One thing I noticed was how polite people are. Compared to Mumbaiites, anyway.

Raji said...

Oh yes! The first thing that will strike anyone who goes there for the first time is the warmth, and friendliness that is evident in Kolkata, and completely lacking in any other city

priya said...

I really liked this movie .Have you seen Astitva ? Tabu is great in that too .

Raji said...

No, read the rave reviews though..