If you would ever recall your favorite love stories, most of you would always come across movies like DDLJ, Jab We Met, Kuch Kuch Hota hai etc. If you would ever think about what was so common in them, you would realize they all were high on emotional drama with the feel good element. Come My Name is Khan, and you are all set into a different world of love. Yes, My Name is Khan is an out an out a love story but what sets it apart from the rest of the love stories, is that it comes with an element of humanity. It is different, because hardly would you come around a love story that sets itself on an extra ordinary journey. It gives you an opportunity to look at the world, the people, the emotions of love, from the eyes of Khan. Rizvan Khan, a person with a golden heart.
If you enter the theatre for watching Shahrukh Khan, you will come out with another Khan who would be all over your mind and heart and who would have already inspired you to become a better human, Rizwan Khan. From the moment Shahrukh sets onto the journey, you forget Shahrukh, and you see only and only Rizwan all through. You cheer for him, you laugh for him, you cry him and you wish for him. All that you do is for the poor and innocent Rizwan.
Rizwan always followed the doctrines of his Ammi who teaches him that the world contains only of two types of persons. A good one and a bad one and this teaching stays on with Khan forever. I personally have been following the religion of humanity since ages but felt always sad for those who didn’t. Hopefully they would understand it through My Name is Khan. Rizvan Khan [Shah Rukh Khan] after his mother’s [Zarina Wahab] death moves to San Francisco and lives with his brother [Jimmy Shergill] and sister-in-law [Sonya Jehan]. Rizvan, who has Asperger's syndrome, falls in love with Mandira [Kajol]. Despite protest from his brother, they get married and start a small hairdressing business together. They are happy until 9/11, when attitudes towards Muslims undergo a sea change
Length never matters, if the movie attracts you in one-way or the other. And well I think long duration is SRK’s trademark so why do you expect something else for My Name is Khan? What keeps you glued to My Name is Khan is the riveting drama of humanity, emotions, and love through a person who as much tries to understand the world, fails in doing so. The movie sets itself at a feverish pace from the very first frame and grips you till the very end.
The climax and pre climax might be unrealistic for many, but it wasn’t for me. That carried a certain message of how the goodness of a man can affect others and it was very well portrayed. No complaints!
Undoubtedly, this is Karan Johar’s best work. His work is truly admonitory. He breaks away from his fixed image that he had placed in our minds and instead takes giant strides as a storyteller keeping in touch with the minutest of details that would touch your heart at instances.
Shibani Bathija’s screenplay is perfect and gripping.
Dialogues by Niranjan Iyenger and Shibani are well penned and they do deserve a pat on their back.
Cinematography by Ravi K. Chandran is excellent. Top Notch!
Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is well merged with the narration of the movie. Each song is rightly and timely picturised just when they were needed. Noor-E-Khuda is the best track from the album, and turns out to be the best picturised too. I actually cried like hell throughout the song. A really brilliant picturisation to a really beautiful song. Rare, in true sense. Also loved the way Allah Hi Rehem was used in the background during the disaster in Georgia, sadly, that part doesn’t exist in the audio. Also, the Hum Honge Kamyaab was so well merged with We Will Overcome. Awesome!
Background Music was excellent. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy gelled it very well along with the narrative and gave some really beautiful scores at certain scenes. ‘Allah Hi Rehem’ at the disaster in Georgia remains my favorite. A piece of exemplary music!
My Name is Khan marks the return of SRK-Kajol-Kjo combo after a hiatus of 8 years and they return for the best.
This is THE BEST performance ever by Shahrukh Khan. Suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, he stays into his character throughout and delivers all sort of expressions and emotions as if at ease. Shahrukh once again proved his dominance and the charm that he brings in every character is applaud-worthy
Kajol is a pleasure on screen and more so when paired with Shahrukh. The pair seems so gifted and My Name is Khan is another addition to their well-complemented roles. Kajol has a matchless charm through out the movie and her emotions be it of a devastated mother, or a tensed wife, is remarkable!
Zarina Wahab as SRK’s mother is excellent, while Soniya Jehan and Jimmy Shergill do well in their short roles too. Vinay Pathak is very good in his few scenes. Tanay Chheda, the young SRK and Yuvaan Makhar as SRK’s son are good. Kenton Duty as Reese does well. A lot of other supporting cast, like Pravin Dabas etc supported really well and none seemed misfit.
My Favourite scenes:
Noor-E-Khuda sequence (Best one, made my cry like hell)
Where he gives out 500$ (Again, Exceptional!)
Kajol’s devastation on SRK where she asks him to leave
SRK shows skyline to Mandira and shies when she asks him to marry :D
Church scene (Hum Honge Kamyaab – We Will Overcome)
SRK helps his Momma Jenny
‘Beauty creams chehre ko nikharti hai, khoosurti nahi’
Tere Naina sequence
SRK as salesman scenes
The first sequence where he says ‘My Name is Khan and I am not a terrorist’
Overall, My Name is Khan is one rare story with 26/11 as its backdrop that doesn’t preach about Islam but preaches only about love and humanity. It is a fascinating love story and doesn’t deal with terrorism at all. The tale of Khan is an emotional ride, which is not only thought provoking, but also strings the innermost chord of your heart, inspiring you to be a better human. It’s an enthralling piece of cinema and just goes on to show how the world would be a better place to live in, if we all look from the eyes of Khan.
Don’t even dare to miss this!-
My Ratings: 5/5