165 Min | Drama – Romance – Thriller | February 2010
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Director: Karan Johar
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Sheetal Menon
My Name Is Khan Review: My Name Is Khan is without a doubt Karan Johar’s most accomplished work to date – powerful, moving and involving. Johar seemed to have learnt a lot from the previous feedbacks he must have got for his films. At times it was difficult to believe it was actually directed by Johar and written by Shibani Bathija, who finally proves her talent as a writer. The film is thoroughly realistic and the evident attention Johar paid to the smallest of details is commendable. My Name Is Khan does get sentimental at places, but it never goes over-the-top and remains fairly restrained and completely authentic, which makes the emotional impact on the viewer much stronger.
Well, there comes the acting. Shahrukh Khan’s appearance in My Name Is Khan in this kind of a role has been the subject of many discussions, and rightfully so. This is clearly one of his finest performances. He is phenomenal. It’s amazing to see him transforming from the biggest star in the world into a simple autistic man and playing it with such conviction. His mannerisms, body language, tone, dialogue delivery and his occasional breaks into timid and embarrassed laughs are all spot on and make his character extremely likable and endearing.
Johar selected a great supporting cast. Every actor, no matter how lengthy his character is, performs well. Zarina Wahab is outstanding in a brief but memorable role as Rizwan’s caring and loving mother. Jimmy Shergill is very effective as Rizwan’s brother Zakeer, who has always felt deprived by his mother because of his brother’s mental disorder. Sonya Jehan is superb as Zakeer’s wife Haseena and acts with grace. So is Katie A. Keane who plays Mandira’s friend, Sarah. Tanay Chheda is first-rate as the young Rizwan. Jennifer Echols is lovable as Mamma Jenny. To sum it up, My Name is Khan is a fantastic film and an altogether worthy effort. It is fascinating, entertaining and My Name Is Khan may definitely make you look at certain things differently.