Pack your bags and head to India by way of New York when “The Namesake” airs on IFC at 2:30 p.m. ET. Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Namesake” stars Irfan Khan and Tabu as Ashoke and Ashima a young couple who are brought together in an arranged marriage and soon leave Calcutta to seek their fortune in America. The clash of cultures is a painful struggle for the new couple, but eventually they are joined by a son they nickname Gogol. Their son, played by Kal Penn, is a thoroughly American teen struggling with his identity as a desi, a first generation Indian. Despite (or perhaps because of) his parents continued connection to their homeland, Gogol, who now insists on being called Nick, rejects everything his parents desire for him. Unfortunately it takes a family tragedy for him to accept his family’s roots and begin to understand his parents.
Directed by Mira Nair the film is a visual travelogue, filled with gorgeous color, stunning cinematography, subtle storytelling, and quietly brilliant performances by the actors.
Watch the trailer and then tune in at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The Namesake airs on IFC at 2:30 p.m. ET and on Saturday, Apr. 9 at 8:05 AM ET and at 3:30 PM ET