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2.0 out of 5 stars " Gimmicky, average cinema, India Masala. huge disappointment", 18 Sept. 2010
This review is from: My Name is Khan [DVD] (DVD)
"There is no easy way to say this. In spite of the hype surrounding it and for all the solidarity being expressed and the many, many hours of time and energy being spent tweeting and talking about it -- "My Name is Khan" is a very average, ordinary film that goes as haywire as the debate surrounding it has gone.

Subjects such as racial biases, the aftermath of 9/11 and war on terror are dicey topics to handle in real life, let alone on celluloid, and director Karan Johar falls in the same trap as films like "New York" and his own production "Kurbaan" -- he oversimplifies the issue and overstates his message.

Johar is clearly out of his depth here. The film is on a large scale and beautifully shot, but the story doesn't live up to even half of that. He cannot seem to decide whether he is making a love story, telling the story of a man's journey or making a statement on the many biases that pervaded the U.S. after 9/11.

Words like jihad, 9/11 and al Qaeda are thrown around without any context. Khan's actions seem contrived and totally out of line with the story.

A lot of the supposed emotional moments seem gimmicky, and have too much melodrama. As a result, the acting suffers and even though Khan puts in a restrained performance as Rizwan Khan, Kajol fails to make an impact, coming off as shrill and overbearing at times.

The music is also below par and even though there are some moments of magic, they are very few and far between.

Any film that underestimates its audiences and dumbs down its content is letting itself in for a failure. Coming as it does from people of such calibre as Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, "My Name is Khan" is a huge disappointment". REUTERS
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Initial post: 20 Oct 2010 08:53:15 BDT
ABU says:
i agree with you

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2010 13:48:48 BDT
V. A. WARREN says:
My Name is Khan [DVD] [2010] what is forgotten by this person's review is that the main character in the story has Asperger's Syndrome. It is how he reacts to situations and takes things literally. That is what makes the film so special - he is an innocent in his thoughts and soul - he wants to tell the President that Muslim Men are NOT terrorists - but is misunderstood by everyone.

Please listen to this interview by Tony Attwood on what being autistic means http://www.bfkautism.com/interviews/tony-attwood-2009-on-the-complete-guide-to-aspergers-syndrome and then watch the film again in this cintext.
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