NAMESAKE

  • Many LS candidates share names, surnames April 13, 2014

    Call it an attempt to confuse voters or sheer coincidence, but scores of candidates in fray in several Lok Sabha seats share common names or surnames. In Vadodara, Independent candidate Narendra Babulal Modi has joined the fray against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The 'Delhi West' seat in the national...
  • Lok Sabha polls: It's Modi versus Modi in Vadodara April 10, 2014

    It is Modi versus Modi in Vadodara with a namesake of BJP's Prime Ministerial joining the fray as an Independent candidate in this Lok Sabha constituency. While BJP's Narendra Modi filed his nomination on Wednesday, so did Independent candidate Narendra Babulal Modi. According to his affidavit, 49-year-old Narendra Babu Lal Modi...
  • I should have won the National Award for 'Haasil': Irrfan March 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Irrfan is elated by the National Award for best actor for his performance in 'Paan Singh Tomar' (PST), but says the prestigious award has come his way after several disappointments. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, the film saw Irrfan playing Paan Singh Tomar, a former national steeplechase championturnedbandit. "I thought I should...
  • Tips: Mira Nair and Sooni Taraporevala on film making March 14, 2009

    Mira Nair and Sooni Taraporevala who've come together to produce films like Salaam Bombay and The Namesake. In conversation with our Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand, the duo talk about Sooni's decision to turn director with Little Zizou that hit the screens on Friday. ...
  • Mira Nair and Soni on Little Zizou March 14, 2009

    Mira Nair and Sooni Taraporevala who've come together to produce films like Salaam Bombay and The Namesake. In conversation with our Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand, the duo talk about Sooni's decision to turn director with Little Zizou that hit the screens on Friday. ...
  • Barbie doll is 50, namesake of Angela Merkel on stands February 8, 2009

    New Delhi: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a new lookalike. A Barbie doll has been modelled on the German Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of 50th birthday celebrations for the popular toy. Mattel released the doll at the Nuremberg toy fair at its Friday launch. Many say the doll gives...
  • Idol Chat: Irrfan Khan, the face of Hindi cinema in Hollywood November 15, 2008

    Irrfan Khan is unquestionably the face of Hindi cinema in the west. His performance in Meera Nair's The Namesake earned him rave reviews and a place in the mindset of both discerning audiences as well as filmmakers. He appeared alongside Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart and now has a...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri gets richest honour for latest book July 5, 2008

    New Delhi: Pulitzer prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has won what's considered to be the world's richest honour for a shortstory collection. The Frank OConnor award was for her latest book Unaccustomed Earth. The jury unanimously voted her the winner and took the very unusual step of skipping straight from...
  • Kal Penn is back with Escape from Guantanamo Bay April 27, 2008

    After Mira Nair's The Namesake, Kal Penn is back in with a new film, Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay. In this film, Kumar gets arrested as a terrorist and ends up having an encounter with George W Bush. ...
  • Jhumpa on familiar ground with Unaccustomed Earth April 5, 2008

    New Delhi: Unaccustomed Earth is author Jhumpa Lahiri's latest offering. And for all those who missed her short stories, the new book is just for them. We all have days when we aren't really up for anything except for maybe a good cup of hot chocolate and that's when Jhumpa's latest...
  • No Indian connection in Mira Nairs next film April 4, 2008

    New York: Director Mira Nair is no stranger to awards. The last one she got was the India Abroad Person of the Year Award for 2007, which she was given at a ceremony in New York. Nair received critical kudos for her last feature, The Namesake, which starred Kal Penn...
  • After Namesake, Tabu's next in Telegu February 22, 2008

    Hyderabad: She is known for her acting skills, but Tollywood has caught Tabu in a brand new avatar in the film Idee Sangati. Though the actress plays a middle class homemaker in the film, she has done a song sequence where she does a Rekha a la Utsav right down...
  • Tune in: Susheela's take on diasporic post rock January 27, 2008

    New Delhi: Those who've seen the film The Namesake must be familiar with remixed version of an old Hindi movie song Yeh mera deewanapan hai and wondered who the smoky voice belongs to. The singer who lent her voice to the song is UKbased Susheela Raman. Susheela likes to call her music...
  • India's Hollywood man finds gay role challenging December 17, 2007

    New Delhi: Actor Irrfan Khan, who is tasting rare success in Hollywood, says playing a homosexual man in his latest film was a challenge. "For a heterosexual role I need no preparation," Khan, who won a Spirit Award nomination for best supporting actor in The Namesake, told the Times of India...
  • Road to Oscars: Irrfan Khan nominated for Spirit Awards December 5, 2007

    After wooing the world with his acting prowess in The Warrior, talented actor Irrfan Khan might just add another feather to his cap. Khan is one of the contenders for the best supporting actor category in the Spirit Awards 2008. For the uninitiated, the Spirit Awards are handed by Film...
  • Mira Nair on her sojourn from Namesake to Shantaram November 13, 2007

    At the fiveday Mahindra IndoAmerican Arts Council Film Festival in New York, CNNIBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand caught up with filmmaker Mira Nair and quizzed her about her sojourn from Namesake to Shantaram. ...
  • BSP wins but Mayawati loses! May 11, 2007

    New Delhi: The BSP elephant may have crushed Samajwadi Party's cycle underneath it in Uttar Pradesh and the party is all set to form the next government in the state, but believe it or not, Mayawati has lost the elections. A candidate, who's name is also Mayawati, decided that since the...
  • I wish Mira signs me in future: Konkona April 4, 2007

    Mumbai: She's been playing realistic roles in realistic cinema and now big studios have come calling. Meet the downtoearth, subtle Konkona Sen Sharma who plays a 30plus single girl waiting for the right guy to come along in her forthcoming film Metro. Archita Kashyap: Metro like most of your earlier...
  • Filmy Fiscal: The hits and the pits March 27, 2007

    Mumbai: Dont get fooled by the advertisements for films that call it say superhit, because Filmy Fiscal comes to you straight from the box office so there is no scope of fudging figures. A film that is doing exceptionally well at the ticket window is Namaste London. It opened 75...
  • Being Mira Nair: East meets West March 25, 2007

    Mira Nair is driven. This 50year old has been a prolific ever since she found her calling at 21. This week The Namesake opened in India and she is on the verge of what will be her biggest film to datethe Warner Bros productionShantaram. A film that will give the...
  • Masand's Verdict: Namesake March 23, 2007

    Cast: Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Kal Pen Direction: Mira Nair Director Mira Nair's new film, The Namesake is adapted from Jhumpa Lahiri's novel about an immigrant Bengali family in America and more specifically about the Americanborn son's search for identity. Nair's film stars Irrfan Khan as Ashoke Ganguli, a young Indian academic in...
  • Contest: Your fav film adapted from a book March 23, 2007

    Here's an opportunity to win a stunning photobook on the making of Mira Nair's The Namesake. It's full of sumptuous pictures from the film's shoot, taken throughout the film's production in Kolkata and New York. It's also got a heartfelt introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri on whose novel the film is...
  • Friday Flicks: What's hot at the BO March 23, 2007

    Its Friday again and in theatres this week, take your pick from Little Miss Sunshine, Namesake and Namaste London. ...
  • B'wood goes gaga over Namesake March 22, 2007

    Mumbai: The grand premiere of The Namesake in Mumbai saw the whos who of Bollywood sashay down the red carpet. From the Big B with his family, which obviously includes his would be daughterinlaw Aishwarya Rai and friend Amar Singh, to Ashutosh Gowariker and Naseeruddin Shah showed up at the gala...
  • The Namesake gets Mira booked March 21, 2007

    Mumbai: Its perhaps Mira Nair's way of celebrating the critical success her film, The Namesake has received in the West. The film, adapted from Jhumpa Lahiri's book of the same name, has got rave reviews overseas which is what inspired the filmmaker to write a book The Namesake A...
  • Mira keeps fingers crossed for Namesake March 21, 2007

    Mumbai: She has always made films that have something new to say and now director Mira Nair has her fingers crossed for her home country's reaction to her film The Namesake. Archita Kashyap: How real are the characters of Ashima, Ashok and Gogol? You have lived in the US and...
  • Trailer: Mira Nair's The Namesake March 14, 2007

    Direction: Mira Nair Starring: Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Kal Penn The Namesake tells a tale of a family moving from Kolkata to New York and the struggle to cope with a new world without forgetting the old. ...
  • The Namesake takes BO by storm March 13, 2007

    New York: Mira Nairs The Namesake opened in just six screens in North America this weekend. But its opening weekend take at the box office was over a quarter of a million dollars. It averaged nearly $42,000 per screen, the biggest opening weekend average for any film in 2007. In...
  • Big B is cinema's global icon at MAMI March 10, 2007

    Mumbai: It's festival time once again, and Mumbai will get to see the best of international cinema at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) festival. From Pedro Almodovar's Volver to Mira Nair's Namesake, the festival showcased a variety of films. Singer Rageshwari opened the show with some new tunes and...
  • Hollywood beckons for Namesake actors March 7, 2007

    New York: As a couple from Kolkata making a new life for themselves in America, actors Tabu and Irrfan Khan give riveting performances in The Namesake, right down to raised eyebrows and their perfect Bengali accents. Critics have been appreciative and so have filmmakers, as Irrfan found. I think critics...