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My Name is Khan
Director: Karan Johar
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Soniya Jehan, Jimmy Shergill, Zarina Wahab, Parvin Dabbas, Arif Zakaria and Yuvaan Makaar
Being screened at Gopi Krishna
KATHMANDU: My name is Khan is a triumphant story of an unconventional hero who overcomes almost all obstacles to regain the love of his life. It is not just a love story for it also carries a social theme -- all Muslims are not terrorists.
Most scenes in the movie are set in different places across America except a few scenes in Mumbai where Rizvan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) grows up. Known as 'Khan' throughout the movie, he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome — he is frightened of loud noise, yellow colour and to interact socially. After his mother's death, he goes to San Francisco to live with his brother (Jimmy Shergill) and sister-in-law (Sonia Jehan) where he falls in love with a Hindu girl Mandira (Kajol). Mandira, who is divorced from her husband, lives with six-year-old son Samir (Yuvaan Makaar). Despite objections from his brother, Khan gets married to Mandira and they start living a happy life. But tough times arrive in their life with the September 11 terrorists' attack happens.
After that people begin to regard all Muslims as terrorists and this family too becomes the victim of this incident. Samir gets in a tussle with his friends who beats him to death for his surname. Shattered by her son's death, Mandira blames Khan for all that has happened. Rizvan then leaves home and sets out on a journey that takes him from one state in the US to another, following the movements of the President of America, for whom he has a message: 'My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist'.
The story unfolds with lots of twists and turns in their lives.
SRK, as someone suffering from a disorder, does it right with his fabulous body language and expressions. Kajol maintaining her impression of a bubbly cute and loud woman is a perfect match for Khan. Together after long time, these two actors have maintained the same charm. Makaar has also given a praiseworthy performance as a carefree but innocent young boy. Shergill and Jehan also have done their parts well.
Karan Johar's direction as well as story telling till the first half of the movie, basically the romantic track between Khan and Kajol goes very smoothly. The director is able to captivate the complete attention of the audience. However, the effect gets lost in the second half where the story revolves mostly around the protagonist's journey through the US.
The music isn't promising and only the song Sajda will touch the heart of the listeners.
A treat for SRK and Kajol fans.