Crafty Cinema: The Namesake

I blogged about this movie (The Namesake) a few years back. I’m a huge fan of the director, Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala) AND Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle). I even got to eat lunch with Kal one time, and he is such a wonderful, genuine person who cares so much about his craft, as well as his culture. Anyway, this film is about a traditional Indian couple living in the U.S., and their American born son who is having a hard time juggling both worlds.

The Namesake
qualifies as a crafty cinema film because there is a scene of the mother making a batch of handmade holiday cards for her family and friends. Even though the scene was a short one, it has oodles of details. Her cards and art supplies are spread out all across the entire dining table – so ture, right? And then she decorates the cards with a handpainted elephant, and clusters of micro beads at the top. In honor of my appreciation for the film, I made this card (below) similar to the one featured in the movie.
Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy 🙂

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Love & light,


5 Responses

  1. I had the pleasure of reading the book by Jhumpa Lahiri before seeing the movie. It is even better than the movie – although the movie honors the original story beautifully.

    The Namesake was Lahiri’s first novel!! Her previous book, Interpreter of Maladies (1999), was her debut short story collection and won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction!

    Ms. Lahiri is a gifted writer who will hopefully grace our reading lists for many years to come.

    Karen in Baltimore

  2. The Namesake is such a lovely movie. I’ve watched it many times.

    Did you know that Kal Penn recently quit his job on the TV show “House” to work at the White House?

    That really speaks well for his character as a person!

  3. The book was beautiful and heartbreaking…..the movie was good,book was great.The father in the movie, Irrfan Khan was wonderful…I think he captured the father from the book perfectly…I was so sad when he was gone , even though I knew it was going to happen. His character in Slumdog Millionaire was hard for me to believe at first because I saw him so clearly as a kinder man!

  4. Thanks for the great movie suggestion. Great idea to make a card based on one you saw in the movie. There’s no stopping where you get your inspiration!

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