Resettled in New York City, the couple also has a Goth-looking daughter (Sahira Nair), but the saga primarily focuses on Gogol, who eventually decides to call himself Nik. The kid never quite finds common ground with Ashoke before attending Yale, becoming an architect and hooking up with a blonde, Max (Jacinda Barrett), from an upscale WASP family. Before you can say “stick to your own kind,” a tragedy propels him into the arms of his ancestral homeland. A subsequent marriage to Moushimi (Zuleikha Robinson), a fellow Bengali with similar assimilation issues and a penchant for Paris, does not necessarily spell happiness.
Nair approaches this rich material with an apparent desire to please the crowd, often obstructing the balance of dramatic tension and comic relief. The lighter moments are delivered with skill by Penn, a
Harold & Kumar
star equally at ease conveying the requisite
angst. The cast as a whole excels, in fact, and the sumptuous cinematography by Frederick Elmes helps rescue a movie that should have been better than it is.
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Kal Penn, Irfan Khan, Tabu, Jacinda Barrett, Zuleikha Robinson and Sahira Nair
Director: Mira Nair
Screenwriter: Sooni Taraporevala
Producers: by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Mira Nair
Genre: Drama; English-, Bengali- and Hindi-languages, subtitled
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexuality/nudity, a scene of drug use, some disturbing images and brief language
Running time: 119 min.
Release date: March 9, 2007