My Name Is Khan

My Name Is Khan

Karan Johar (2010)

154min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan tugs heartstrings as an Indian Muslim with Asperger's syndrome in this deeply moving if overstuffed Hindi tale about the tragic effects of racial intolerance in post-9/11 America. Drawing together a film of two tonally distinct halves, Khan brings impressive warmth and depth to his titular role, as the convoluted and increasingly contrived melodrama goes from his playfully depicted relationship with a single mum (frequent co-star Kajol) and her young son in San Francisco to his desperate mission to meet the President after their happy family life is destroyed. The handsomely shot project tackles seriously big issues in an admirably populist style, but it's undermined by excessive plotting and a simplistic world view centred on the hammered-home message that all humans are either good or bad. Ultimately, Khan is transformed into a Forrest Gump-type of hero, making events more manipulatively emotional yet also reducing their realism.

Summary

Premiere. An Indian Muslim with Asperger's syndrome living in America is arrested as a suspected terrorist, as his condition makes his behaviour seem suspicious to the authorities. While imprisoned, he is tortured, but also meets a therapist who, believing he is innocent, helps him to fight to clear his name. Drama, starring Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Sheetal Menon and Christopher B Duncan. In Hindi, Urdu and English.

Cast & Crew

Rizvan Khan Shah Rukh Khan
Mandira Khan Kajol
Sarah Garrick Katie Amanda Keane
Reese Garrick Kenton Duty
Detective Garcia Benny Nieves
President Christopher B Duncan
Zakir Khan Jimmy Shergill
Director Karan Johar
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Other Information

Language: Hindi, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 12 Feb 2010
Drama