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By Jennifer Leblanc
Sunday, February 10, 2008

If you've read any of my other pieces, you know how I feel about turning books into movies. With a few exceptions, it's usually disaster, a crime against literature. The Namesake is one of those exceptions.

Screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala and director Mira Nair were ideal for this project because, as the finished product shows, they both share author Jhumpa Lahiri's gift of subtlety and a less-is-more approach. In fact, I've never seen a movie in which one line, tenderly spoken, can express so much of a character's inner life. That is also where gifted actors come in. Kal Penn, Tabu, Irfan Khan geniuses.

Take note everyone this is how you make a movie out of a book.

Last Updated ( Sunday, February 10, 2008 )
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No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them. —Alan Watts, British philosopher
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