Love director gets serious

2010-03-08 00:00

DIRECTOR Karan Johar, branded as the maker of candyfloss love stories in Bollywood, explores new territory and delves into a serious subject to send out a social message in My Name is Khan.

The film probes the psychology of the Muslim community, which has been targeted unnecessarily in the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks.

Rizvan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and he can’t stand loud sounds and stark colours. He moves to San Francisco and lives with his brother (Jimmy Shergill) and sister-in-law (Sonya Jehan). Rizvan crosses paths with Mandira (Kajol) and learns of her troubled past. Despite protests from his brother, he marries her.

The couple are happy until the September 11, 2001, attacks, after which Rizvan embarks on a journey to meet the president of the U.S. to tell him just one thing: “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist.”

It’s a tale of triumph for our protagonist, who touches your heart with a melodrama that leaves your skin covered in goosepimples.

Shah Rukh Khan gives a rock-solid performance that is sure to bring him awards. Kajol is brilliant as the single parent, and shares a magic on-screen chemistry with SRK. The other stars, including Zarina Wahab, Sonya Jehan and Jimmy Shergill, also give remarkable performances.

Karan Johar proves yet again to be one of the finest storytellers of Bollywood cinema and deserves worldwide applause for attempting to make a social statement to the anti-Muslim community.

Coming against the backdrop of a world-shaking incident, the film is highly recommended for non-resident Indians.

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