My Name Is Khan is about the lonesome journey of an intelligent Muslim man, (diagnosed with the Asperger’s syndrome) to meet the President of the United States of America, in order to deliver a message; â€˜My Name Is Khan and I am not a terroristâ€™.
The basic storyline is extrapolated in such a manner that Karan Johar has skillfully and remarkably packed so much to accommodate an array of themes, which are interwoven between the plots that youâ€™ll find it hard to decipher which one you are currently watching as the movie is so intelligently and maturely made.
Rizvan Khanâ€™s (Shah Rukh Khan) upbringing as a child (Tanay Chheda) to an adult follows a series of events where his mother (Zarina Wahab) does whatever in her capacity to give him the best education possible either formally or informally to grow up into a good person one day. His brother (Jimmy Shergill) who goes for higher studies in the US and ultimately after becoming successful, decides to sponsor him. Rizvanâ€™s stint in his new country is initially marked by funny and also sad moments before he meets Mandira (Kajol); a Hindu single mother who works in a hair dressing saloon.
After seeing Mandira and learning about her troubled personal life in the past, Rizvan decides to marry her and subsequently Kajol falls in love with Rizvan in the cutest imaginable way. However, the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks changes the equation in the couple and Rizvan embarks on a mission to prove a point! How Rizvan accomplishes his mission and how far he goes to retain a promise, due to his strict upbringing is the story of My Name Is Khan (MNIK). Continue reading
Recently MTV Iggy had unprecedented access to Bollywood’s biggest star, Shah Rukh Khan, and his leading lady in 5 previous films, Kajol Devgan. The pair with sparkling onscreen chemistry have teamed up for a new film, My Name is Khan, releasing worldwide on Feb. 12. MTV Iggy taped a 2 hour production with the stars in the backseat of a NY taxicab chatting with their driver.
In this first clip (many many more to come!) SRK and Kajol talk about their upcoming film, when they feel like movie stars, and love/faith/Islam/9/11 as they relate to the themes of the film. Erhan’s a real NY cabdriver, direct and brashâ€¦watch Kajol’s face when he asks them about sex! This is Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as you’ve never seen them before.
Noor-e-khuda is clearly the soundtrackâ€™s best, with Adnan and Shreya joining Shankar in a tune that navigates from lovely pop to bewitching, tabla-driven portions; the chorus, in particular, is extraordinary. Solid start to the year, by the trio!
Karan Johar has accomplished what Aditya Chopra could not. Kurbaan is what New York, or for that matter, Fanaa, should have ideally been. Hats off to Karan for producing the most non-KJO movie as yet. Kurbaan is the best movie of the year, as far as meaningful cinema goes.
Kurbaan starts off as a very realistic love story, but soon turns into a gripping thriller, with lots of twists and drama, and is embellished with bravura performances. I will refrain from giving any details on the story; lets just say that the story is exactly what the trailers have shown. Its the screenplay and the realistic treatment which makes the film really a gem.
Rensil has very audaciously chosen Dharma Productions for making a movie like Kurbaan, which is devoid of any subplots, romantic interludes, or dream songs. This movie has a sharp focus, which stays till the end. The movie hits you hard without being preachy or taking sides. It etches out the psyche of a terrorist in a way that no Bollywood movie has done in a while. And it does so without any bhashans, melodrama, or flashbacks!
Technically, it felt like I was watching a Ridley Scott terrorism thriller. The camerawork, background score, and locales are spot on. Dialogues are vintage Anurag Kashyap – they pierce your heart. Sample this: An American student tells Vivek: Leave my Country, if you dont like it. Vivek retorts “Sure we will, first you leave ours (Vivek’s a Muslim)” Continue reading