Struggling with ones birth name, romantic relationships and cultural heritage are the basis of director Mira Nairs film adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiris 2003 novel. After years of being teased about his unusual name, Gogol Ganguli (Kal Penn) refuses to accept his Bengali blood. With extremely devout traditionalist parents of the Bengali culture and all the arranged marriages, proper greetings and celebratory symbols that entails, this is a difficult undertaking. Still, he stubbornly proceeds while destroying various relationships along the way. However, when he is faced with a tragedy, Gogol steps up and accepts his culture and his role within it. There are some small differences created by the page-to-screen transfer, like the setting switch from Boston to New York City due to a production snafu. But the main differencesa less foot-dragging pace and a more likeable protagonistmake this one a mustsee.