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My Name Is Khan

  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Karan Johar
  • 154 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Rizvan KhanShah Rukh Khan
Mandira KhanKajol
Sarah GarrickKatie Amanda Keane
Reese GarrickKenton Duty
Detective GarciaBenny Nieves
PresidentChristopher B Duncan
Zakir KhanJimmy Shergill

Crew

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DirectorKaran Johar

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2010-02-12
Language
Hindi
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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