Mira Nair's THE NAMESAKE has turned out to be a surprise box office success.
Opening to a moderate response, the film recovered well by the time first week came to a close. After collecting 1.25 crores in the first week (decent), the film ended up garnering even better response in its second week as it showed a jump in collections to bring in another 1.4 crores.
The only film which has shown such consistency in the recent past has been VIVAH though the magnitude of collections has been a lot higher.
Nevertheless, the success of THE NAMESAKE marks the acceptance of a new kind of cinema which actually cannot be classified into a particular genre. Boasting of superb performances from Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Kal Penn, the film also comes as a shot in the arm for UTV which didn't have a particularly good start to the New Year with the poor response to HAT TRICK.
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