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02-09-2010, 02:03 AM #1
Movie Review: My Name Is Khan (2010)
By Taran Adarsh, February 8, 2010 - 10:52 IST
MY NAME IS KHAN makes two strong statements...
- The first: B.C. and A.D. are designations used to label years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. There's a third designation now - 9/11. Post September 11, the world stands divided. Terrorist outfits continue to strike in the name of religion and the common man, not even remotely associated with these groups, is bearing the brunt. The world is not a safe place anymore.
- The second statement: There're two sets of people in this world - the good and the bad. No matter how strong the evil forces are, good always triumphs.
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 - and states very strongly, without mincing words - Not all Muslims are terrorists.
Karan Johar's cinema got more real from KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA onwards. 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 misadvise the youth with inflammatory and rabble-rousing speeches.
Karan's take on the issue deserves the highest praise, since a subject like this is difficult to attempt. Final word? MY NAME IS KHAN is Karan, SRK and Kajol's best outing to date. Do I need to add anything more?
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.
Let me alert you. The story unfolds feverishly from the very start itself. So if you miss a scene or two, chances are you would've missed some vital links in the story. The fact is, there's too much happening in the first half. Although the narrative tends to get leisurely-paced at times, the wheels continue to move from one episode to another.
A number of sequences are endearing. For instance, the romance between SRK and Kajol is subtle, yet charming. But it's SRK's relationship with Kajol and their kid that's one of the best parts of the movie. Your heart bleeds when an accident occurs and their lives are torn apart. Kajol's outburst - first, when her son meets with a catastrophe and second, when she confronts SRK - are truly shattering.
MY NAME IS KHAN's strength lies in the fact that you root for Khan all through. At the same time, you are weighed down when he's in a vulnerable situation, especially when he's labelled a terrorist and thrown behind bars. You don't realize it, but the fact is that you, as a spectator, have already got entwined in Rizvan and Mandira's lives.
There's a slight hitch in the second hour, when SRK returns to Georgia to save a hurricane-ravaged hamlet. Also, the media exercise tends to add to the length of the film. Nonetheless, it's a minor hiccup that doesn't rob the film of its punch.
There's just one word to illustrate Karan's direction - exemplary. One of the finest storytellers of our generation, he deserves brownie points for deviating from 'Karan Johar brand of cinema' and attempting a film that knocks on your heart and stimulates your mind. With MY NAME IS KHAN, Karan takes rapid strides as a storyteller.
Shibani Bathija's screenplay is truly arresting. Shibani and Niranjan Iyengar's dialogues are noteworthy and many a times, applaud-worthy. Ravi K. Chandran's cinematography is awe-inspiring. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music gels well with the nature of the film.
When a film stars two of the finest talents of the country, you expect nothing but the best. SRK, well, how does one describe his performance? To state that this is his best work so far would be cutting short the praise he truly deserves. In fact, no amount of praise can do sufficient justice to his portrayal of Rizvan Khan, who has Asperger's syndrome. His latest work is several notches above anything he has done before. The only compliment that I can think of is, SRK has a new screen-name now. Raj is passe, Rizvan it is.
Kajol is pure dynamite and casting her for this character was the most appropriate decision. No other actress could've matched SRK in histrionics the way Kajol has. In fact, SRK and Kajol compliment each other wonderfully well and this film only proves it yet again. It's a powerhouse performance from this supremely talented actress.
The film boasts of a number of capable actors, but the ones who leave a rock-solid impact are - in this order - Zarina Wahab, Sonya Jehan, Jimmy Shergill, Arjun Mathur, Parvin Dabas and Arif Zakaria. Sugandha Garg is confident. Navneet Nishan supports well. Vinay Pathak leaves a mark in a brief role. Tanay Chheda [young SRK] and Yuvaan Makaar [SRK and Kajol's son Sameer] are excellent. The American actors, especially the kid who plays Sameer's friend, deserves mention.
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 mesmerises, enthrals and captivates the viewer in those 2.40 hours. 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!
02-09-2010, 02:03 AM #2
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thanks cant wait
02-09-2010, 02:21 AM #3
bekaar movie he.....- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Alys do make pple face smile .. even dey laugh on u.. bt mak dem smile !!
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02-14-2010, 01:55 AM #5
gonna go and watch 2day
Once I was called the Best,
now you can also be called the Best in ur category.
so what u waiting 4! make urself capable of being called best....
DR AWARDS COMING SOON
02-15-2010, 09:12 PM #6
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I think that review has been copied from other website. I am not naming that website. Anyhow the movie is awesome, it is the best performance of srk till date
02-19-2010, 03:42 PM #7
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My name is Khan-Review by Dr usman Khawaja
Someone wise said what is in a name, well for the retarded a name matters more than any other aspect of human condition as here Karan Johar indulges in an atrocious abuse of asperser’s syndrome, which is an adult form of autism, and the autistic hero is khan, playing a bright genius who cannot decide whether he is schizoid or suffering from attention deficit disorder with hyperactive syndrome, or maybe both as well as an ego the size of mount Everest.
The movie of course is perceived as a pro Muslim sado masochistic propaganda about the abuse of Muslims post 9/11 and islamophobia in the most divisively vulgar and excessive display of exaggerated emotion that is not even worth labeling as an emotion itself.
This is crass vulgar absurdist cinema with every cliché thrown in from Hijab wearing Muslim women being assaulted physically in work places to young kids being brutally murdered in daylight in school soccer grounds where all the Americans are still shown as righteous angels, as the people who commit the brutal acts are all faceless and nameless, maybe because the movie is obsessed by the name Khan itself so there is no space for any other acronym.
Khan of course is an autistic genius who wants to meet Mr. Bush to proclaim he is not a terrorist and thus we get on a misguided bus tour of America where we end up in Georgia for some geographical logic that only Karan Johar can divulge in his wisdom.
Meanwhile Khan has virtually suffered every indignity and given every Islamic sermon, as a holy Muslim saint (and he suffers from autism), that it is possible to give in a lifetime on this American tour, the script indulges in every blunder from distorting autism to abolishing the Abrahamic legend of Ishmael from the scriptures, to exposing the secret cells of al-Qaeda in the most astonishing miracle that even FBI/CIA has failed to accomplish, and I felt sorry to see Shahrukh being exploited in this caricature of Hoffman and Sean Penn, by a meandering amateur called Johar, who even borrowed the title from-I AM SAM.
Shahrukh Khan must be employed to catch Osama and Mullah Omar, along with Johar, as who else can eradicate Al-Qaeda and Taliban but this autistic duo.
Kajol as the marauding Hindu matriarch-Mandira for some mysterious reason marries an autistic Muslim though she has a teenage son, and behaves totally hysterically and is made up to look like a mockery with her atrocious makeup and over wrought contorted facial tics.
I think the whole cast suffered from Gilles de la tourette syndrome as the dialogues and visuals and the pretentious mannerisms and amateurish dialogue delivery was truly demonic, and than the nightmare arrived where khan landed in Georgia in a pastoral Christian paradise where all the African community sang in Urdu and English in a church in a choir and all the black American marines martyred in Iraq seem to be from this village described as inhabited by 1200 people and 10000 cows as if it was Farmville itself.
Unfortunately this town falls is in the eye of the hurricane Katrina and only the autistic Khan can save the neglected exploited afro Americans, as the American media and regime are only hunting khan while he is chasing the hurricane.
If I was Khan I would pledge never again to work with a man called Karan Johar but of course that is a free choice to avail and this is 'kangaroo cinema' at it's most indulgent and excessive worst, which is totally misdirected except for scenes between the younger khan and his mother who gives the only good performance as an ordinary Indian Muslim mother, who has to rear an undiagnosed autistic child.
Khan mysteriously wears designer jeans in India and than suddenly appears in a salwar kameez at a memorial service held for 9/11 victims loudly chanting surah fateha, which almost made me apoplectic with laughter, and denoting zakat to the cause of the poor firefighters in a huge Islamic blunder.
The fact that Shahrukh was called Karan till recently in every Bolly romcom reflects how desperate and depressed they are to cash in on a crucial religious angle where nothing is spared as sacred or sane, by naming him as KHAN in this atrocious act of sadomasochistic charade, and which is much better presented in the Pakistani flick on the same theme-Khuda Ke Liye.
The fact one obese Afro-American character is called Mama Jenny from Wilhelmina Georgia, which falls on the route from Frisco to Washington D.C. is enough to describe this melodramatic folly by the biggest moron in Mumbai, where a Hindu American schoolboy boy is victimised, simply because his Hindu mother is married to a man named khan by middle class Americans, in 2008 for mysterious reasons that left me dumb with horror at the hugely flawed script and direction.
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04-13-2010, 05:14 PM #8
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SRK Done a superb job in My NAme is Khan.