My Name Is Khan - Preview

wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?)
quick review:

The constraint is really appreciated both in terms of Karan Johar's direction and Shah Rukh Khan's performance. But unfortunately, in the last hour the movie leaves the US and enters K-Jo-land. And in both worlds Kajol intolerably shrieks her way through.



Click on the tabs below for wogma review, external reviews, user reviews, and twitter verdict

NOT A REVIEW - Just wondering how much of Rizwan Khan is going to be good ol' Shah Rukh Khan…

Even before we talk about the actor/character, the promos were a hug-ish put-off. If just a sneak peek into the film makes you feel there is just too much on the table -

Love story, a medical disorder, Hindu-Muslim, India-US, so much so that the protagonist seems to be aspiring to meet the President of the US.

And there is no brilliant element of climax or 'something to look forward' to when the official site says -

My Name Is Khan is the triumphant story of an unconventional hero overcoming obstacles to regain the love of his life.

Triumphant? Dude, leave some story for me to not give away!

Now add to that the Shah Rukh Khan, and not to mention Karan Johar effect. I'll tell you what I mean -

Usually, for these "preview" posts, I search what people - bloggers, reviewers, newspapers are saying about the film. And guess what, as I set to search for this one I started typing "my name is shah rukh .." and I realized what the biggest issue with this film is going to be.

How much of protagonist Rizwan Khan will be overshadowed by the actor Shah Rukh Khan?

I've heard/read numerous comments that go, "it's going to be supremely painful. Anyways, most of the times you you have SRK hamming and hawing, to top it off he's an excuse to be disabled because the character is autistic." Specifically he suffers from the Asperger Syndrome. This caught my eye -

it is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, demonstrated limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy.

"Lacked nonverbal communication skills" - now that will make simpler for the actor to play his character. *phew*

Jus Kiddin'…bring down your guns, people.

Ahh…how can a violent word be kept out of anything that is to be said about this film, right? It is Thursday morning and a film releases on a Friday morning. Dharma Productions usually has a preview show on Thursday nights.

None of the theaters in Pune have the schedule for tomorrow yet, but Bombay theaters seem to be gearing for the release in full strength.

If push comes to shove, I will commute to Bombay to watch this film. I might or might not like the actor or director's body of work in entirety, but this reviewer will not stay away from her work as long as there is a screening within reach.

Sure, the film industry is a very important and integral part of our society. Sure, the Thackerays who are in the opposition have a duty to keep the ruling party on their toes. But creating ruckus which causes the ruling party to guide all security forces to theaters? The 'picture' doesn't look right.

(Not to mention, just when I thought it was impossible, they managed to add some more Shah Rukh to My Name Is Khan.)

The filmmakers have done their duty to the audience, made the film. I'll do mine, by watching and writing about it. When will the politicians do theirs? And this time, the question is for the party in the opposition!