My Name Is Khan Review

Director – Karan Johar
Starring – Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Jimmy Shergill.

So finally the long awaited so called controversial movie is out! The controversy surrounding it’s release was due to a political party in India called the Shiv Sena, a die-hard nationalistic group, and I don’t think they like Muslims that much, or at all! So I went in thinking it was going to be another “not all Muslims are bad” movie, although it does have that element, there is a lot more to the movie than that. Once again I applaud Karan Johar’s work, he has made a go-happy, emotional, inspiring, and of course, romantic film.

Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) is born with a type of Autism. From a young age, in the midst of the Hindu/Muslim riots, his mum tells him that there only two types of people, the ones that act out good deeds, and the bad people that act out evil work. In my opinion, that is the basis of the whole movie, he picks his wife, Mandira (Kajol), because he measured how good a person she was, he helps the needy because it’s simply a good thing to do, and he helps those that have left deep imprints into his life, like the black woman that gave him shelter. The romance between Rizwan and Mandira was typically magic, only because of the awesome trio, Shah Rukh, Kajol, and Karan Johar. Where you have this trio you can count on beautiful on-screen romance. Karan can portray romance like no other director.

At first, I wasn’t too impressed with Shah Rukh’s impersonation of Autism, but as the movie rolled on his character really grew on me, and once again Shah Rukh has done a great job, he has gone out of his comfort zone as the typical romancer he is on-screen. Kajol’s performance was electrifying. She undoubtedly is one of the best actresses in Bollywood cinema history and she has proved herself once again. Mandira’s emotional scenes are heart-wrenching, only because Kajol was the actress. She still has the spark just as she did in Kuch Kuch Hota Hain when she has her bubbly moments in the movie.

I don’t think the film has much to do with being a Muslim, it’s more about humanity and being a nice person in general. Although, throughout the movie they show the innocence of Muslims, I was hoping it would live up to its philosophy of there is good and bad. They did just that, as Rizwan was praying in a mosque a Muslim doctor his preaching terorrism. There is good and bad in every society.

The music was incredible, loved the soundtracks. Personal favourite is “Sajda”, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, and Richa Sharma.

The only line you will remember from the movie is: “My Name is Khan – and I’m not a terrorist!”, because they say it so many times, okay we get the message!! Overall, brilliant movie, go watch if you liked Karan Johars previous movies.

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