My Name Is Khan

Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
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(25user reviews)
Fox’s foray into Bollywood examines the fallout of 9/11 on NRIs (‘Non Resident Indians’) in Bush’s America. Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), a Muslim man with Asperger’s syndrome, travels across the USA in order to meet the President. ‘My Name is Khan; I am not a terrorist’ is his mantra. Karan Johar, Bollywood’s biggest director, admirably addresses a sensitive topical issue within the widest commercial context. He incorporates marital strife, communal conflict, racism, bullying, a ‘mamma’ subplot, and a catchy soundtrack (frustratingly not subtitled) to convey his progressive agenda. The result is a film of tonal inconsistency which reflects its simplistic ‘good people/bad people’ view of human nature. Technically accomplished, it’s always engaging due to the credible performances from its beautiful leads, the charismatic Khan and Kajol. Worthy, but flawed.

By: Anil Sinanan

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Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Thursday February 11 2010
Duration:
160 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Karan Johar
Cast:
Jimmy Shergill
Shah Rukh Khan
Zarina Wahab
Kajol

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:9
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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My Name is Khan is a film well worth watching. Forget about it being a "Bollywood film" as it's not at all like the stereotypical Bollywood movie. MNIK doesn't have any dancing or singing. There are a few songs that play in the background or during montages like in Hollywood. Shah Rukh Khan gives a fantastic performance in the film, a performance light years away in style from his romantic roles in many of his films. The look of the film is excellent as well with very high production values certainly on par with Hollywood films.


My Name is Khan is a film well worth watching. Forget about it being a "Bollywood film" as it's not at all like the stereotypical Bollywood movie. MNIK doesn't have any dancing or singing. There are a few songs that play in the background or during montages like in Hollywood. Shah Rukh Khan gives a fantastic performance in the film, a performance light years away in style from his romantic roles in many of his films. The look of the film is excellent as well with very high production values certainly on par with Hollywood films.


Stunning film, almost too excruciating to watch at times. This film has gone into my all time top 10. Watch it!!


Stunning film, almost too excruciating to watch at times. This film has gone into my all time top 10. Watch it!!


If you have not seen this, you have not opened your eyes. If you are not moved by this, you should check for a pulse.


If you have not seen this, you have not opened your eyes. If you are not moved by this, you should check for a pulse.


Good film. One off movie for me. Its not a film i could watch over and over again. SRK and Kajol are great artists and look and work really well together on screen.


Fantastic film. SRK at his best. Strongly, Strongly recommended. Have been hesitant to see 3 idiots after being disappointed with Ghajani - will go see.


Fantastic film. SRK at his best. Strongly, Strongly recommended. Have been hesitant to see 3 idiots after being disappointed with Ghajani - will go see.


can never compared to 3 ideots.3 ideots was the best movie i have watched recently.my name is khan is only an average movie.


this film made me forget all my troubles for abit den lol. loved it portraits western life well i think!!


I have Asperger’s, and thought this was a good movie. Khan is portrayed as having a lot of Aspie symptoms all in one person - I guess otherwise they’d be too subtle for most non-Aspies (we call ‘em “NT’s�). . It’s a well-scripted movie starting well before Asperger’s was known about. It has a reasonable pace, good humour, and shows with great accuracy how difficult living in the world can be when you’ve got a couple of Aspie symptoms. Life becomes all the more difficult for Khan after the World Trade Centre collapses on 9/11, and Asians are regarded with great suspicion. . The guy playing Khan is very good ... I thought his portrayal of someone with Asperger’s very accurate. Khan’s wife is an excellent actress, especially at the point where her son dies. . I agree with the 3 star rating. Go see.


I thought this was a wonderful film with sensitively handled subject matter and amazing performances. Perhaps a little overblown in the second half as GS has said but never less than enjoyable. Never seen a 'Bollywood' movie before but will not hesitate to in future.


I found the first half of the film a lot better with good acting and a developing storyline. The second half was very bollywood with high drama and emotion. I found it all a bit far fetched and left the cinema feeling a little annoyed because it could have been done with a lot more restraint and realism which would have packed a mightier punch to get the message across.


such a wonderful movie, SRK came across very different in this movie compared the past one's, it's gr8 so you must see it


Its gr8 . SRK did well in this film. And karan makes his best. Oh sry Kajol is very nice. Cinematography of Ravi.k. Chandran is beautyful


Its gr8 . SRK did well in this film. And karan makes his best. Oh sry Kajol is very nice. Cinematography of Ravi.k. Chandran is beautyful