My Name Is Khan mirrors the era we live in. Not a day goes by when you haven’t heard/read/watched news of terror attacks and innocents being killed. We live in turbulent times. Also, the movie states very strongly, without mincing any words that not all Muslims are terrorists.
In My Name Is Khan, the storyteller attempts to make a social statement and succeeds completely. At the same time, it takes no sides. If the protagonist says ‘My Name Is Khan and I am not a terrorist, it also exposes those who misadvises the youth with inflammatory and rabble-rousing speeches.
The director of the film, Karan Johar’s take on the issue is commendable, since a subject like this is difficult to attempt.
Rizvan Khan [Shah Rukh Khan] moves to San Francisco and lives with his brother [Jimmy Shergill] and sister-in-law [Sonya Jehan]. Rizvan, who has Asperger’s syndrome, falls in love with Mandira [Kajol]. Despite protests from his brother, they get married and start a small business together. They are happy until September 11, when attitudes towards Muslims undergo a sea-change. When tragedy strikes, Mandira is devastated and they split. Rizvan is confused and upset that the love of his life has left him. To win her back, he embarks on a touching and inspiring journey across America.
When a film stars two of the finest talents of the country, the outcome is truly expected to be the best.
SRK, well, how does one describe his performance? To state that this is his best work so far would be undermining his talent and contribution to the fraternity. In fact, SRK and Kajol complement each other wonderfully well and this film only proves it yet again. It’s a powerhouse performance from these supremely talented actors.
On the whole, My Name Is Khan is a fascinating love story, has an angle of religion and a world-shaking incident as a backdrop. It not only entertains, but also mesmerizes, enthralls and captivates the viewers. At the same time, a film like My Name Is Khan is sure to have a far-reaching influence due to its noble theme. I strongly advocate, don’t miss this one!
By Unzeela Usman