Let’s get it straight, MY NAME IS KHAN is SRK and KJO’s best movie till date. I hope the movie will seal the lips of all SRK critics or perhaps would turn them into SRK fans.
One of the best movies of the times, the movie succeeds in making a social statement while taking no sides and also exposes those who use the name of the religion to misguide youth with motivating speeches.
Rizvan Khan [SRK], who suffers from Asperger Syndrome moves to America post his mother’s death and lives with his brother [Jimmy Shergill] and sister-in-law [Sonya Jehan]. He falls in love with Mandira [Kajol]. Despite protests from his brother, they get married and start a small business together. They are happy until 9/11 strikes, when attitude towards Muslims undergo a big change. After a mishap in their family, Mandira is devastated and she asks Rizvan to go away. Rizvan is confused and upset that the love of his life has left him. To win her back and to tell the world, “My name is Khan and I’m not a terrorist’, he embarks on a touching and inspiring journey across America!
The music of the film is SOULFUL and grows on you…Tere Naina, Sajda and Noor-E-Khuda are the best. Well done Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. It is indeed great to see that they stuck with the kind of music the movie required, avoiding any unwanted fast paced numbers!
SRK and Kajol – the duo come back with a bang and recreate the magic they have always been known for. This is SRK’s best performance till date, there is nothing else that I would say! Kajol complements him to perfection and is equally BRILLIANT. No-one else could have matched SRK frame-to-frame as she does.
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, Sugandha Garg and Arif Zakaria. 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 a mention.
Hats off to Karan Johar for deviating from his usual fairly-tales [although I must say…I loved most of them ;)] Exemplary direction of a heart-moving plot.
My Name is Khan is a special movie; you simply can’t afford to miss it.
My rating – 5/5