February 12, 2010

My Name Is Khan….and I'm not a terrorist : Movie Review

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


  1. Dapinder Kaur

    your post has definately motivated me to book my tickets immediately and go watch it…

  2. madhurima

    Me too Me too…. looking forward to see the movie..

  3. vishalgaba

    @ Dapinder and Minky – You guys have to watch it…its is an outstanding movie 🙂

  4. satyajit

    Frankly speaking, i did’t have any expectation from this movie. But now i feel that i should go and watch it. Thanks man.

  5. vishalgaba

    Satyajit – you should watch it right away…You will love it…just like everyone else has till now 🙂

  6. i am looking forward to watching it..
    it looks good, and your review has strengthened my opinion!

  7. Mihir

    This is what i hav to say – “This movie is better than a masterpiece”.

  8. Mihir

    Jus loved the movie

  9. vishalgaba

    @Pooja – im sure you will like it…:)

    @Mihir – I totally agree with you 🙂

  10. Being a SRK fan I was a bit dissapointed… MNIK was a little long and the screenplay was strictly average…
    People is USA r also not liking it…
    I gave it 4/5 stars in my review… and i feel a was liberal…
    Do read my review on

  11. vishalgaba

    @Yajur – The first part is your view totally…but on the second part…People in US are loving the movie…infact its is easily amongst the biggest openers ever in the international market!

  12. don’t believe me… read this… 🙂
    NOTE: U can’t imagine how big SRK fan I’m… but still I’m giving my honest opinion…
    I don’t thinkit’s a 5/5 movie 🙂

  13. vishalgaba

    Well. if you are an SRK fan…these figures should give you a relief… 🙂

    and respect your opinion on the movie:)

  14. I have yet to see the movie to make any comment but bollywood has churned out many trash in the name of 9/11. Let me watch for all the free publicity this film has received.

  15. Should watch it soon…the theatres, for nw, are too crowded:(

  16. vishalgaba

    @SR – You will like it sir for sure
    @Pooja – Watch it are missing out on something!

    Both – Do share your view 🙂

  17. shubham

    go watch it as soon as possible…….

  18. I don’t think it’s the best film of our times. I think it’s a very ordinary film. KJo is brilliant at making NRI love story and he should continue doing that. I have loved his NRI movies. Serious film should be left to people who can do justice to it. MNIK is a good attempt but that good is not good enough.

  19. vishalgaba

    @Shubham – Agree with you
    @ Prashant – Well, its the time when he’s tried to make something different and as far as i know…has succeeded immensely in his attempt. my view is that its a great film…you might have wanted him to make similar movies but seeing it as a standalone movie…I feel it is one of the best movies!

  20. Archit Jain

    Was a good movie but not as good as the person above has written it to be.
    It doesnt stand anywhere in front of 3 idiots which i had watched a month back
    thought nice work by shahrukh but first half isnt vry moving…2nd half is still better.

  21. Arsh

    I think this review is biased. It is a good movie but not as good as you make it out to be. There are a lot of flaws in the story if you look objectively. Still a good movie though. 4/5.

  22. vishalgaba

    Arsh – The review is my opinion and I really liked the movie. Some people may have loved it even more and some people wouldn’t have liked it. It’s a subjective view that each of us have.

    In the end, even you gave it a 4…so then..I havnt done a bad job either..:)

  23. I was really disappointed

  24. Mike Stevens

    I loved the movie. Now I know why all Indians love SRK, he is an amazing actor:)

  25. @Mike Stevens
    Hey Mike…nice to know u appreciated the movie….but do you think it lacked a bit of finesse especially on the direction bit…. 🙂

  26. Mandarin

    I really liked the movie

  27. Nikhil

    Amazing Movie mann!!!

  28. Teena

    Amazing acting by SRK and Kajol….awesome movie!

  29. Anjali

    great performances by SRK and Kajol…loved the movie:)

  30. just in me

    we watched the movie with my classmates..that was awesome!!!comedy with drama.hahah

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