Movie Review: My Name Is Khan

By Saurin Parikh

Indian filmmakers have a penchant – they tend to invariably ruin a movie by having a dumbass melodramatic climax. I don’t know why, but every filmmaker thinks that the Indian audience loves drama, and for a major part, they’re right too. Our aam janta laps up melodrama faster than Virendra Sehwag laps up milk. Be it in on TV or in our films, the more the drama, the more the eyeballs. And in achieving that, if a film is ruined, who cares, right?

Right now, I’m sure the producers and distributors of My Name Is Khan are laughing all the way to the bank. I still believe that the whole tamasha with Shiv Sena was nothing else but a publicity stunt. It achieved what every filmmaker wants – packed houses, especially in the opening weekend. After all the hullaballoo over whether My Name Is Khan would release or not, it finally did (of course) and people went rushing out to buy tickets. I did too, all giddy with excitement when I had the tickets in my hand, and seething with annoyance right now after having watching a just-about-average-highly-disappointing movie.

Firstly, the climax. A hurricane, none the less, engulfs certain parts of America. Rizwan Khan (SRK) has some friends supposedly trapped in a town that has been destroyed by this hurricane. Khan, who is out on a cross country trip to meet the President, somehow reaches that town even before any of the US authorities can. The people of the town can’t get out, but Khan can get in. Why? Obviously because his name is Khan. This heroic act by our superhero leads a nationwide movement wherein citizens are rebuilding cities and towns while the government sits back and does nothing. I think while writing and filming the climax, Karan Johar forgot that his film was based in America, and not India. Government authorities in USA don’t sleep, they’ll reach the needy before any Khan, Kahn, Khandekar or Khanna can.

The question then arises is whether the story required that amount of allowance? The answer is that it doesn’t matter because the story is nothing special anyway. You’ve seen pro-Muslim stories more times than you can count in the last couple of years; it’s the same post-9/11 thing again. The difference being that the protagonist here has Asperger Syndrome. Would it have mattered if he was a plain simple lunatic without a fancy syndrome attached to him? NO.

My Name Is Khan is a pendulum which swings between trying to be a movie about someone with Asperger Syndrome and the effects 9/11 had on Muslims. It excels at neither. If you applauded Amitabh Bachchan for his Progeria act in Paa then you’ll applaud SRK for his Asperger act. It’s definitely not his best performance (as is told to us by all and sundry in the mainstream media) nor is it enough to draw you back to the movie one more time.

Thanks to the publicity stunts and the first weekend booking collections, My Name Is Khan will be declared a superhit. It might break all erstwhile records, but I’m dead sure that most people will label it as an ordinary flick. By the way, it gave my dad a headache; he used the choicest cuss words for SRK’s ‘irritating act’.

Sometime back, I had tweeted that Bollywood spends more time on publicizing the movie then on crafting it. The same holds true for My Name Is Khan. Don’t even think of arguing against this review if you belong to the masses, and if you’re someone from the classes then don’t go for the movie if you already haven’t. Mediocrity has been shoved down our throats more often than not, the masses accept it because they’re used to it by now, I’ll just spit it out right here.

My Rating: 2 stars, both for Kajol who is the only redeeming factor of My Name Is Khan and lights up the screen with her presence.

10 Responses to “Movie Review: My Name Is Khan”

  1. 1 amit
    February 13, 2010 at 05:03

    tht is the reason aamir khan is the best….Atleast public ko chutiya nahi banata faltu ka publicity kar ke….


    • 2 Abhi
      February 13, 2010 at 07:16

      Hey Saurin…rockin review…more entertaining than da film…
      Seems KJo n SRKz biggest inspiration for the hammy character n act was spoofy film Tropic Thunder’s spoof on an asperger patient character by Ben Stiller – check the video of the character Simple Jack n LOL :))


  2. 3 Devdutt
    February 13, 2010 at 10:28

    I saw a little clip where the set designers for the movie were being interviewed. They said that they used red, white, and blue as chief shades for the sets to reflect the colours of the American flag since the movie’s based in the U.S. and all.

    Now if that doesn’t speak volumes about the stunted creativity, maturity and nuance of these idiots, I don’t know what will.


  3. 5 plk
    February 13, 2010 at 12:09

    this is the worst review i have ever seen….mnik is a rocking movie…its the biggest bollywood experience ever….forget the crap about hurricanes……its still the best….and srk has given an outstanding performance…dude u dont know how to review a movie…u r just paid….u r the only one to give the movie such a horrible review…go hell


  4. February 14, 2010 at 16:28

    I am glad to have found someone who does not like this film ! It is watchable but idiotic nevertheless! I was really surprised to read reviews that call it emotionally captivating!


  5. 8 Gautam Gulati
    February 14, 2010 at 16:38

    It is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Melodramatic overacting by SRK.
    All the reviewers who have given this movie 4/5 stars are definately paid by Karan/SRK. Movie


  6. February 15, 2010 at 09:00

    I agree to every word of it. Worst whatever-number-of-hours spent ever. SO melodramatic! I could spell out the next dialogue every time. The only good part was that I liked seeing SRK-Kajol couple back on screen.



  7. 10 Tanwir Dadarkar
    February 15, 2010 at 14:08

    Everything was overdone in the movie. The characters, acting, writing, scenes, everything. It was a complete waste of time. “My Name is Khan and I’m not a terrorist”. There. The movie could’ve been a short feature of 3.5 minutes with a couple of lessons on Islam, Asperger’s Syndrome and that there are two kinds of people in the world. 3 hours down the gurgler.


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