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My Name Is Khan Review

My Name Is Khan
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.5
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
9.0
8.0
8.5
9.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
Yes
Good for kids
Yes
Good for dates
Yes
Wait to rent it
No
Call it the chocolatization of volatile civil discussion. You'd think chocolate is incompatible with politically charged conversation, but the harmony is surprisingly contagious. It helps that whatever causes the film is speaking for have one of the biggest champions that it could ask for, in this part of the sub-continent - Shah Rukh Khan, and all the multiple layers that come with his name and his celebritydom.

My Name Is Khan is a frank, no-nonsense take on the right to religious self-respect, a "fight of an individual against the state", and yet, as breezy as an audience full of heart strings might want it to be. And also, right "from the epiglottis", borrowing Khan's oft-repeated dialogue in the film.

Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), is a victim of Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. Lack of social tact, the fear of loud sounds, and an incredibly high IQ characterize the symptoms of the medical condition. Brought up by a loving mother (Zarina Wahab) in the run-down by-lanes of Mumbai, the adult Khan sets out to the US to reunite with his brother (Jimmy Shergill).

America makes it easier to deal with the disorder since help is available, and his brother also assigns him a job - one that leads him to wooing a Hindu hairdresser, Mandira (Kajol). All is well, until the 9/11 attacks, after which its bitter repercussions are felt by Muslims all over the USA. The lives of Khan and Mandira change, too - and Khan is on a mission to win Mandira back. He had to tell the President that his name is Khan and he is not a terrorist.

In a way, MNIK's biggest flaw is its raison d'etre itself - the fact that it makes an aspiration out of someone having to prove a point to a head of state thereby acknowledging a certain imbalance of moral authority. Indeed, when you want to prove a point to someone it is either because he's a bully or because you think he's God. That the film's point-prover is differently-abled and a member of a worldwide minority community, further emphasizes the strain in the whole exercise.

Still, Karan Johar's treatment makes the flick stay away from dread, conspiracy and sweeping generalizations, and gives the whole experience a warm, winning feel. The end result neither makes you feel that a disadvantaged man is helplessly oppressed, nor is it a desperate sermon on Islamic identity. It is compellingly matter-of-fact - the dialogues are charged when they have to be, and yet, chatty, and the issues are probed gently yet firmly.

And those skeptical of watching an autistic Khan needn't be put off, because as the film moves on, the disorder merely becomes incidental to the script. MNIK is no thesis on Asperger's Syndrome - Khan becomes suspiciously capable of articulating his feelings in the second half of the film - but fortunately for the story, that isn't the point at all.

Karan Johar has immense help from everything - a nation of audiences waiting simply to watch Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and the consistently successful on-screen couple that they make; a powerful musical score; and his trademark grandeur in cinematography. And to the credit of the first, the romance is fluffy yet mature, and conversation is refreshingly spontaneous.

Shah Rukh Khan's portrayal of an autistic man is slightly difficult to watch for those of us accustomed to a signature performance from the superstar, but this seems to be targeted at the awards. Kajol is all charm and whistle-worthy screen presence, as expected. Needless to say, their chemistry still does light up entire theatres.

Jimmy Shergill, Parvin Dabas, Zarina Wahab and Vinay Pathak are among the recognizable Indian faces in the cast. The rest are either TV personalities or foreign actors. In all, there's no dearth of good performances.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy craft uplifting tracks reminiscent of their work in earlier Karan Johar films, especially the Sufi influence.

The visuals are glossy, but the irony of it all is how exclusively American Karan Johar's films are getting by the year. MNIK is no different, being set entirely in the US.

Watch it - you don't want to be the only one in the world to have missed it.
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My Name Is Khan (hindi) reviews
USER RATING
7.2
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  • Cast
    Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Zarina Wahab, Jimmy Shergill, Tanay Cheda, Vinay Pathak, Navneet Nishan, Sonya Jehan, Katie A Keane, Arif Zakaria
  • Music
    Ehsaan, Loy, Shankar
  • Director
    Karan Johar
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Performances
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - No
Krishna on 2nd Mar 2010, 9:52am | Permalink
This film should’ve been more aptly titled “My name is KING Khan”, cos its a must-see for the sheer powerhouse performance he delivers. No prizes for guessing who’s gonna bag all the awards this year.

Pros: SRK, Kajol, Story, screenplay, dialogues and direction.
Cons: Last half-hour
RATING
6
My on 1st Mar 2010, 1:50pm | Permalink
Excellent
Mithu Hiranand on 19th Feb 2010, 5:03pm | Permalink
Even if anyone calls it as a movie with message, I do not see any message. What Shah Rukh Khan has done in the movie, any common would do it. Just because it is SRK does not mean that it is something extraordinary. Besides he is moving around the US with one bag on his back.........just too unbelievable. To meet the President of the US there are proper means and if he so intelligent why does he not make a telephone call and tell the authorities about the terrorist plans of his compatriots in the mosque. This movie is just crap. The songs are good and melodious and KAJOL's acting is just average. Besides the school children are left to their fate in the US where a bunch of racist children can just beat anyone to death. Unbelievable. The ending of the movie too was far from convincing. The President of the US calling SRK to his podium.
RATING
6
my name is not khan on 18th Feb 2010, 2:51pm | Permalink
Withdraw 7.5 rating for this dud

Pros: kajol
Cons: overacting and silly
RATING
2
sriniva1 on 16th Feb 2010, 9:07pm | Permalink
IN PURELY CINEMATIC JARGON THIS IS A CRAP OF A MOVIE WHICH IS VERY SLOW AND DRAGGING.SCREENPLAY AND DIALOGUES ARE AT BEST VERY WORST.I BLAME MEDIA FOR HYPING THIS MOVIE TO ORGASMIC LEVELS..VERY UNIMPRESSIVE AND PEOPLE WILL REJECT IT

Pros: BOREDOM
Cons: CRAPPY SCREENPLAY
RATING
1
Christopher Domingo on 16th Feb 2010, 6:00pm | Permalink
Ooooh SRK fans, you are a real scary bunch. Pleasent. watchable movie. Definitely, not a 9. Somewhere between 5 and 6.

Pros: Neat Bollywood package
Cons: Neat Bollywood package
RATING
6
Aakasa Ramanna on 16th Feb 2010, 12:40am | Permalink
John Lennon once sang --
Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

Well at the start of the movie thats what khans mom tells him ... There are only two kinds of ppl - Good and Bad . And Khan decides 2 be the gud guy which is what the basic theme of the movie is . An autistic guy , who goes on a journey to meet the president of the U.S for a promise made to his wife , ends up influencing a lot of people in the movie without any acts of malice or manipulation -- But through his acts of Kindness and purity which is for me the soul of the movie .
The movie might seem slow or serious but that is the ideal treatment such a storyline requires . And the srk Kajol chemistry is still strong enough to make ya feel delighted when they share the screen.

Nice review Miss Garimella .. I actually watch movies so that I can follow ur reviews later on :D .

Pros: srk , Kajol ,Zarina Wahab, Music & lyrics , Direction , The essense of the movie
Cons: Jimmy shergil cant act.
Rakesh Mehra on 13th Feb 2010, 11:15pm | Permalink
Performance of a lifetime from SRK. What an actor! Just goes to show he hasn't been getting the right kind of films.

Pros: SRK, SRK, SRK
Cons: Pace
RATING
9
The Imtiaz on 13th Feb 2010, 7:02pm | Permalink
Excellent Movie... Its all about humanism, not the terrorism. Just Go and Watch!!!

SRK starts 2010 with Blockbuster.

Pros: SRK, Kajal, Script
Cons: No Cons
RATING
9
2power10 on 12th Feb 2010, 11:00pm | Permalink
a couple that i grew up watching...a director whose films and film songs majorly helped me create fantasies of my own romance...i'm a big fan of this trio of srk-kjo-kajol...they completely and truly rock. kajol is beautiful in this flick, and srk is srk.
some people show immense grace while telling stories, karan johar is definitely one of them. hats off!

Pros: srk, srk, kajol, music
Cons: a little violence
RATING
9
Karm on 12th Feb 2010, 3:09pm | Permalink
its superb movie SRK great job u broken all records.
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