In the 2006 movie Namesake, there is a poignant moment when Kal Penn, playing the role of Gogol Ganguli, asks Irrfan Khan, playing the role of Ashoke Ganguli (his father) about why he named him after a “paranoid, suicidal, friendless, depressed” Russian author Nikolai Gogol. Apart from pointing out that Gogol, the author, was also a genius, Ashoke narrates how he nearly died in a train crash and how he had been reading Gogol that fateful night. After being told the origin of his name, Gogol Ganguli asks: “Baba, is that what you think of when you think of me? Do I remind you of that night?” To which Ashoke Ganguli responds: “Not at all.......
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