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Mira Nair's The Namesake a hit in Poland

After its success in India and many other countries, Indian American director Mira Nair's The Namesake is now a huge hit in Poland as well.

entertainment Updated: Oct 22, 2007 11:04 IST

After its successful box office performance in India and many other countries, Indian American director Mira Nair's The Namesake is now a huge hit in Poland as well.

Based on Jhumpa Lahiri's much-acclaimed novel, the film, starring Irrfan Khan and Tabu, is being exhibited in at least eight multiplexes in the Polish capital besides other cinema halls across the country.

The response from the audiences to the film -- which is about an Indian immigrant family torn between tradition and modernity -- is great, to say the least.

"Tabu has extraordinary range and depth," said Janusz Krzyzowski, president of Indian Polish Cultural Committee, who is also a great admirer of Indian movies.

"It is great to realise that this movie is very realistic unlike other Bollywood masala films and this gives a sophisticated profile to Indian film directors in Poland," added Krzyzowski.

"Time has come that Indian producers should bring sophisticated films to the Polish markets. After all this is a country of great directors like Andzrej Wajda, Roman Polyanski and Krzystof Zanussi. There is a huge potential for good films here," said Riki Rana -- son-in law of famous singer Talat Mahmood -- who is a businessman in Poland.

In the overseas market The Namesake had made it to the North American Top 20 in only its second week. Not only that, the film broke the 10-year opening week box office record at the Paris Theatre in New York City by grossing $101,929 in its first seven days after it was released there in March.

First Published: Oct 22, 2007 10:54 IST