6 min read.Updated: 29 Apr 2020, 12:42 PM ISTAseem Chhabra
An excerpt from Aseem Chhabra's book on the actor, who died in Mumbai, looks at the making of Mira Nair's 'The Namesake'
When Mira Nair was in the midst of completing her adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair (2004), her mother-in-law died of negligence at a New York hospital. Nair’s in-laws were from Uganda, but she and her husband buried her mother-in-law on a snowy day in New Jersey. On the way back to India, to shoot the closing scenes of Vanity Fair, Nair started to read Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. ‘I felt Jhumpa understood my grief,’ Mira says. ‘It completely captured me—a thirty-year cornucopia of the 70s Calcutta that I had grown up in, all the way to today’s Manhattan.’
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