The Namesake

Monday, January 11
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2hr 02mins // directed by:Mira Nair // featuring:Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

Based on the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake is the story of the Ganguli family, whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to acclimate to a new world without forgetting the old.

Though parents Ashoke and Ashima (Irrfan Khan, Tabu) long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children.  

After the film, guests from the Huntington’s production of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced will join us for a discussion of the overlapping themes between the movie and the play, which revolves around a high-powered New York lawyer who has climbed the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his Muslim roots. When the lawyer and his wife host a dinner party, what starts as a friendly conversation escalates, shattering their views on race, religion, and each other. This electric and riveting drama is directed and designed by the same artistic team as its highly acclaimed Broadway run.

Tickets to the Huntington’s production of Disgraced (January 8 – February 7, 2016 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre) are available at