Bengali film The Namesake on Film 4

The Namesake film posterTomorrow evening Channel 4’s digital-only offshoot Film 4 will show Bengali family drama The Namesake.

The 2006 film’s premiere on UK television will, unlike the Indian films usually shown on Channel 4, appear at a positively mainstream time.

The Namesake is based on a Jhumpa Lahiri novel and stars Kal Penn as Gogol, a young Indian American whose name, chosen by his parents Ashoke and Ashima (Irrfan Khan and Tabu) after the Russian writer, causes him to question his identity.

Is he first-generation American or from a long line of Bengali ancestors? He and his parents try to make sense of his problems and, indeed, their places in the contemporary world.

Elsewhere on this blog you can find the other Bengali, Hindi and South Asian films shown on Channel 4 and its various stations.

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