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My Name Is Khan (2010)


My Name Is Khan (2010)commonly referred to as MNIK, is a 2010 Bollywood film directed by Karan Johar, with a screenplay by Shibani Bathija, produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Gauri Khan, and starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, who reunite after nine years (their last film together was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001). It is overseen by both Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment and distributed by FOX Star Entertainment, which bought the rights for the film for a sum of INR 1 billion, thus becoming the most expensive Bollywood film of 2010.It is also the highest buyover for any Indian film, breaking Ghajini‘s record of INR 900 million.

My Name Is Khan is the fourth directorial venture of Karan Johar. Cinematography is by Ravi K. Chandran, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed the film’s score, choreography is by Farah Khan, and lyrics were written by Niranjan Iyengar.Visual Effects are by Red Chillies VFX.

My Name is Khan debuted in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 10 February 2010. It released globally in cinemas on 12 February 2010. It was also screened as part of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival’s official selection the same month. In the months leading up to its release, the film has also been involved in some controversy related to international airport security and Indian politics.

Upon release, the film broke many box office records, and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas. Within four weeks, the film crossed the INR 700 million mark in India and became the first film of 2010 to do so. In the overseas markets, the film grossed Rs. 90.34 crores ($ 19.25 million). The film was released in India on DVD on 28 April 2010. Blu-ray in India, plus a DVD release worldwide followed on 10 August 2010.


Rizwan Khan (Shahrukh Khan) is a Muslim child who grew up with his brother Zakir (Jimmy Shergill) and his mother (Zarina Wahab) in a middle class family in the Borivali section of Mumbai. Rizwan is different from other children; However, he has certain gifts, particularly a special ability to repair things. His difference leads to special tutoring from a reclusive scholar and extra attention from his mother, all which leads to a heightened level of jealousy from his brother Zakir, who eventually leaves his family for a life in the United States.

Despite this resentment, as an adult Zakir sponsors Rizwan to come and live with him in San Francisco after the death of their mother. It is at this time that Zakir’s wife, Haseena (Sonya Jehan) diagnoses Rizwan with Asperger’s syndrome. Rizwan also begins to work for Zakir and in the process he meets a Hindu woman, Mandira (Kajol) and her young son, Sameer or Sam (Yuvaan Makaar), from a previous marriage. Mandira is a hairdresser by profession. Despite Zakir’s hostility to the match, they marry and settle down in the fictional town of Banville, where both Mandira and Sameer take Rizwan’s last name as their own. They also live next door to the Garrick family. Sameer is close to their young son, Reese (Kenton Duty and Michael Arnold) while Mark (Dominic Renda) is a reporter and Sarah (Katie A. Keane) is a friend of Mandira.

The Khan’s perfect existence gets disrupted, however, after the 11 September attacks on New York City. Mark goes to cover the war in Afghanistan and dies there. At the same time, the Khan family begins to experience post 9-11 prejudice in their community and Reese begins to turn against Sam as well. One afternoon, an argument between them turns into a racially motivated schoolyard fight between Sameer and a number of older students. Reese tries to stop the fight but is held back and Sam dies from his injuries. A shattered Mandira blames Rizwan for his death stating that Sameer “died only because his name was Khan.” She then tells Rizwan that she no longer wants to be with him. When he asks her what he has to do to be together with Mandira, she sarcastically tells him that he has to tell the people of the United States and the President that his name is Khan and that he is not a terrorist.

Rizwan takes Mandira’s request seriously, and thus sets out on a journey that takes him from one US state to another, in order to first meet President George W. Bush and later President-elect Barack Obama. During this quest, he travels to Wilhemina, Georgia and befriends Mama Jenny and her son Joel. Later, in Los Angeles, he prays in a Mosque and overhears violent rhetoric from Faisal Rahman (Arif Zakaria). He reports this to the FBI but there is no response at that moment. Later, while waiting in a crowd to meet President Bush and repeating again and again, “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist,” Rizwan is arrested and placed in a prison by police who misinterpret his statement.

While in the prison he is interrogated as a terrorist suspect and meets the psychiatrist Radha (Sheetal Menon) who believes he is innocent. He is later released after a media campaign by some Indian student reporters Raj (Arjun Mathur) and Komal (Sugandha Garg) and Bobby Ahuja (Parvin Dabas), who prove his innocence by unearthing his attempts to inform the FBI about Faisal Rahman. After his release, he returns to hurricane-hit Wilhemina to help Mama Jenny and her son. His efforts attract media attention and numerous Muslims come to help as well.

At the same time, Reese confesses to Mandira and reveals the identity of the boys who killed Sam. She informs Detective Garcia (Benny Nieves) who has been assisting her on the case, and Detective Garcia arrests them. Mandira later gets a call from Sarah to forgive Rizwan, “I’ve lost my husband, don’t lose him.”

Mandira realises her error, she joins Rizwan in Georgia and their love rekindles. However at the moment she arrives, Rizwan is stabbed by a follower of Faisal Rahman (Sumeet Raghavan), accusing him of being a traitor of Islam, and Rizwan is rushed to the hospital. With Mandira’s help, Rizwan survives and meets President-elect Barack Obama (Christopher B. Duncan) who tells him: “Your name is Khan and you are not a terrorist”.


Shahrukh Khan as Rizwan Khan
Kajol as Mandira Khan
Jimmy Shergill as Zakir Khan
Sonya Jehan as Haseena Khan
Shane Harper as Tim
Steffany Huckaby as Kathy Baker
Harmony Blossom as Karma Girl
Christopher B. Duncan as President Barack Obama
Michele Marsh as Mrs. Brenner
Jennifer Echols as Mama Jenny
Raul Bustamante as Student
Douglas Tait as Sniper
Katie A. Keane as Sarah Garrick (as Katie Amanda Kane)
Pallavi Sharda as Sajida Khan
Retson Ross as Locker Room Bully
Sugandha Garg as Komal – Rajesh’s associate
Parvin Dabas as Bobby Ahuja
Mel Fair as Doctor #2
Vinay Pathak as Jitesh – Motel Owner
Adrian Kali Turner as Joel
Tanay Chheda as Young Rizwan Khan
Carl Marino as Officer Vaughn
Brent Mendenhall as President George W. Bush
Benny Nieves as Detective Garcia
Zarina Wahab as Razia Khan
Jeremy Kilpatrick as Jimmy
Kevin Oestenstad as Officer John Marshall
Arjun Mathur as Rajesh ‘Raj’ Burman
Nicolas Pajon as French Reporter
Jennifer Barbosa as Hair stylist
Navneet Nishan as Rita Singh
Dominic Renda as Mark Garrick
Mark S. Porro as D. A. Black
Arif Zakaria as Dr. Faisal Rahman
Jai Kishen Bhatia as Zakir Khan – 10
Sheetal Menon as Radha
Joseph Zinsman as Reporter (credit only)
Marquis Scott as Tyler
Arnav Chhapwale as Zakir Khan – 4
Daniel Lee as Roger the homeless man
Laxmi Baneja as Indian TV Reporter
Abhin Mudgal as Zakir Khan – 2
Faroukh Mehta as Wadia

Sound Tracks

“Sajda Tera Sajda Karoon”
Written by Niranjan Iyengar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan and Richa Sharma
Music Label Sony Music

“Noor E Khuda Tu Kaha Chhupa Hai”
Written by Niranjan Iyengar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan and Shreya Ghoshal
Music Label Sony Music

“Tere Naina Tere Naina”
Written by Niranjan Iyengar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Shafqat Amanat Ali
Music Label Sony Music

“Allah Hi Rahem”
Written by Niranjan Iyengar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Rashid Khan
Music Label Sony Music

“Rang De”
Written by Niranjan Iyengar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan and Suraj Jagan
Music Label Sony Music

“Khan Theme (instrumental)”
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Music Label Sony Music

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 26 October 2010

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