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Review: My Name is Khan

by wolviela (writer), Los Angeles, March 04, 2010

Credit: copyrighted by Dharma Productions
Poster for the Bollywood film.

Bollywood star Khan challenges himself in this role by playing not only a Muslim man in the aftermath of 9/11, but a Muslim Indian living in the U.S. with Asperger's Syndrome.

Kudos again to Fox Searchlight Pictures for tackling a subject the American movie makers have stayed away from. That subject would be racial profiling and the plight of Muslims in America.

Khan challenges himself in this role by playing Rizvan Khan, a Muslim Indian man living in the United States in the aftermath of 9/11. To make matters worse, he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a disease related to autism.

After a tragic death stemming from discrimination tears the family apart, Kahn's wife, played by Kajol, blames his namesake for this tragedy. His wife in the film is Hindu, and banishes him from their home and tells him not to return until he tells U.S. president that even though his name is Muslim he is not a terrorist.

This movie becomes a journey of one man seeking to make a simple statement despite his limitations, and the misperceptions of others: "My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist." It is heartfelt, inspirational, and sends an important message about tolerance, compassion, endurance, hope, healing, and the power of love.

In one scene that takes place in a classroom, a learning environment, they are discussing the different types of religions and the teacher says, "Out of all the religions out there, Islam is the most violent." If people are to get along in this world it is important that they take the time to understand each other.

As a side note. Khan the actor, who is a Muslim in real life, was a victim of racial profiling at an American airport shortly after he filmed this. (See My Name is Khan article) He also has had to overcome stereotypes about the Hindu culture as his wife is Hindu. So this movie parellels his life to a certain extent, minus the Aspergers syndrome.

In a recent interview, SRK says, "we need to respect each others individuality and not group according to the actions of few, whether they are from the East, West, North and South."

Warning: This movie will make you think of who you are as an individual and what you can learn if you open your mind. A novel concept I know.

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