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This movie is an Indian movie, and uses a grand total of three different languages Hindi, Urdu and English. The version I watched had English subtitles throughout making it very easy to follow, eventhough listening to English and reading English subtitles at the same time can come a little strange at first. The total runtime for the movie is approx 165 minutes, this does seem quite lengthy but I will mention this again later in my review. The movie is rated a 'PG' and stars Kajol as Mandira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan as Risvan Khan.
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The story is based around a man named Rizvan Khan, beginning when he was a young boy living with his family in Mumbai. Rizvan who had been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and who had major difficulties with communicating and socialising is also an extremely intelligent young man; shocking most of his community with his talents. We follow Rizvan learning life lessons from his mother, helping her and caring for her, to him becoming somewhat of a minor celebrity in his small community. His circumstances change dramatically; sending him on the start of his new journey to America. Once there, he begins working for his brother as a cosmetics sales representative. Whilst out and about around San Fransico he comes across the woman that was to change his life. Mandira, who is a Hindi woman, and a single mother, captures the attention of Rizvan. Much to the dismay of his brother, eventually leading Rizvan to become estranged from the only family he has left. He, again, begins to lead a new life, a romantic life with his new family, until disaster strikes on the fateful day 9/11. The plot then takes a devastating turn, telling the story of all the innocent people who fell victim of prejudice and racial abuse, which then leads to the murder of someone very dear to Rizvan and very close to his heart. Rizvan finds the strength to then go on his own mission to have his voice heard.
Before this movie my knowledge of international cinema didn't move beyond 'Battle Royale'. However, since watching 'My Name Is Khan', I don't seem to be able to stop seeking out something that will make such an impact as this movie did. I was a little sceptical at first as this would not usually be my cup of tea. And after over a week of having this DVD, I finally decided to grab a cushion and settle in. I didn't know much about the content of the film itself but wanted to watch a movie that was different to the usual horror genre I love so much. I was not disappointed. After the first 30 minutes or so, I shed my first tear at the lovely tale being told, and I didn't stop crying for the rest of the movie. Before I knew it, I had been sat there for 2 and a half hours, it felt like the story had been told in 5 minutes. At no point did the movie drag or lose point, which considering the length is pretty impressive. It was fantastic and is really no surprise that in the first weekend of the movies release it brought in a massive $1,944,027 and grossed $42,345,360 worldwide. This movie has everything, from romance, to tragedy, managing to both make you laugh ad cry. I was very surprised at how this movie sent me away thinking, for the rest of the day and even the following day I was not able to take my mind from it. It was very powerful with a very strong message, and really does give another side to the devastating effects that 9/11 had on the world.
Creating music for such a film isn't easy-especially when the stakes are so high.What might be the biggest crossover film from Bollywood,My Name Is Khan is presented jointly by 20th Century Fox and stars bollywood's king Shahrukh Khan.Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are entrusted with the soundtrack, a soundtrack that can do justice to the script and enhance the storytelling.
'Sajda' starts off brilliantly,the female vocals are soothing and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan starts off well too. What I don't really like about the song is the fact that it becomes too happy,too upbeat-and that was probably not required for such a song. The song manges to stay with you even after you are done listening to it-it grows on you,so give it time.
'Noor-E-Khuda' is the type of song you would expect from such a film-its sober,a bit philosophical and very pleasant to the ears. Shankar Mahadevan and Adnan Sami sing in tandem,but it is Adnan who impresses most. The chorus part tends to be happy once again,something that didn't go too well with me.
Whenever I see Shafqat Amanat Ali's name in the credit,my heart leaps with joy-he is such a fine singer! 'Tere Naina' is a contemporary sufi rock song which is much to Shafqat's liking.Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy creates a decent composition and Shafqat takes it to new heights with his range and nuances. Its Shafqat's show all the way! The lyrics are well written too.
Rashid Khan's 'Allah Hi Rahem' is more of a religious track-the composition is haunting and addictive. Rashid Khan's vocals are a perfect choice for such a song,his husky vocals create an ambience that works well for the song. The album maintains a constant graph throughout-it doesn't have its share of huge chartbusters but rather it chooses to have songs which enhance its storytelling.
Pakistani band Strings act as guest composers with the 'Khan Theme' which is very subtle yet appealing. This should work well when used in the important sequences of the film.
Shankar Mahadevan and Suraj Jagan comes up with 'Rang De'-a rock number that is my favorite from the album. This is probably the only track which has the appeal to work individually. The composition is fresh and I'm impressed with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's recent affection to rock music(though they give their own twist to it by bringing in Indian classical influences). Rang De ensures a happy ending to the album.