My Name is Khan is Karan Johar’s best work and Shahrukh Khan’s most powerful role to date. A fantastically written and directed film, the SRK-Kajol starrer My Name is Khan hits it where it hurts the most-the heart.
The terrorist subject is a difficult one to attempt and also a risky one, considering that one feels that quite a few movies on the subject has already been made-Kurbaan (read why Kurbaan flopped), New York, Fanaa etc. But Karan Johar successfully makes My Name is Khan stand out among any previous work done before on this subject, and has given it the right amount of sensitivity as well.
Rizvan Khan(Shahrukh Khan), suffering from Asperger’s syndrome moves to San Francisco(US) and lives with his brother (Jimmy Shergill) and sister-in-law(Sonya Jehan). He falls in love with a girl named Mandira(Kajol). Though his brother protests against this, the couple hold strong to their love and finally they are married. The couple start a business; thing look good till terror strikes on September 11. Due to the 9/11 attack, there is a change in the attitude towards Muslims They confront a tragedy which devastates Mandira who leaves him. Rizwan, confused, decides to embark on a moving journey across the US in search of his love.
My Name is Khan has a touching script that binds you closely. The scenes are beautifully woven with each other with good transitioning of events in the film.
Best scenes of My Name is Khan:
1. The chemistry between SRK and Kajol. Need we say anything more on it
2. Kajol’s outbursts with SRK following the tragedy
3. SRK saving a hurricane stricken hamlet
Plus points of My Name is Khan:
Karan Johar’s direction is first-rate. If he was yumazing in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, he strikes a powerful resonance with people in mY Name is Khan. Easily Karan Johar’s best work to date, My Name is Khan shows that Karan Johar has what it takes to create both dreams and reality in celluloid very well
Shibani Bhatija’s screenplay is top-class. Ravi K. Chandran’s cinematography gives the movie, a picture-post card value. and Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogues are relevant and interesting at the same time. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music matches the theme of the film
The performance of SRK and Kajol deserve a special mention. With two of the greatest stars in their most challenging roles, you can’t go wrong.
Performances in My Name is Khan:
Kajol is pure volcano of emotions and she gives yet another power-packed performance.. Her character is a very powerful one and perhaps no actress can compliment SRK like Kajol does which is why they share the perfect chemistry in Bollywood.
To say that Shahrukh khan’s best performance is in My Name is Khan would be an insult to the other roles he has done so far, but this one by far is SRK’s most challenging role. In that sense, Shahrukh Khan’s best performance is in My Name is Khan. He holds you mersmerized with his histrionics so much that you cannot image SRK without Asperger’s syndrome.
Of course, we cannot negate other capable actors who have given solid performances in their own way. Some of the best ones being Arif Zakaria (yes, he’s back), Zarina Wahab, Jimmy Shergill, Arjun Mathur, Parvin Dabbas, Sugandha Garg, Tanay Chedda (young SRK), Yuvaan Maakar(SRK and Kajol’s son Sameer), Navneet Nishan, Vinay Pathak and Christopher B. Duncan.
In conclusion: My Name is Khan is a moving love story with 9/11 as backdrop. If you think, you have seen it all, find out movie making at one of its best forms in the form of My Name is Khan. Not to be missed SRK-Kajol-Karan Johar treat!
By Arunraj V.S.
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