My Name Is Khan - Notepad

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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.

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Plot Summary

Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) suffers from a kind of autism. He eventually reaches the US where he falls in love with Mandira (Kajol). But not everything is smooth-going after that.

What Worked

  • The performance by the little Rizwan Khan.
  • Depicting Kajol as a young mother rather than some college-going kid. I know it's one of the things they didn't do and got it right, but yet, it was refreshing.
  • Mamma Jolie and Funny hair kiddo! Brought such a warm and yet sad smile.
  • The consistency of Rizwan Khan's dancing style.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Sibling relationship wasn't explored or rather just left hanging after a good opening.
  • Throughout the film Rizwan dresses like anyone else without ever hinting at him being a Muslim and suddenly at the 7/11 memorial thing he gets Muslim outfit out. Why?
  • Ok, how does one identify the cause of death as "racial discrimination" by looking at the victim's bruises, etc?!
  • The beauty of a hard-hitting, punch line "My name is Khan. And I'm not a terrorist." is completely nullified by the repetitive use and over-exposure pre-release, just like "Don ko pakdna mushkil hi nahi, na-mumkin hai" from Don.