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.
- The Namesake Tuesday 14 November, 21:00 – 23:20
Elsewhere on this blog you can find the other Bengali, Hindi and South Asian films shown on Channel 4 and its various stations.