Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Name Is Khan celebrates 5th Anniversary

Movies always manage to stir emotions in us. Almost all of them do. But only very few leave behind ever-lasting mark in our hearts. They entertain us, help kill boredom, satiate our love of Bollywood movies, but very few transform us, change our outlook toward life and love, and we grow, psychologically and emotionally. Dharma Productions’ My Name Is Khan is one such movie.

My Name Is Khan is centered on the lives of the two main characters Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) and Mandira (Kajol). The film, for most part, is set in San Francisco where Mandira works as a hairdresser and Rizwan stays and works with his brother Zakir Khan (Jimmy Shergill). They fall in love and are happily married. Soon after, the 26/11 terrorist attacks shake the country and their lives are torn apart. The journey, thereafter, is about Rizwan’s fight to prove the prejudiced mindsets – Muslims are terrorists – wrong and winning back the love of his love.

On its 5th anniversary, we recount the special heart-touching memories from the movie and what they taught us.

In the movie, Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild condition of autism. This part is so well acted leaving behind a message that children and adults who suffer from this disorder are equally competent, emotionally and psychologically, as those who don’t.

That love is unconditional and knows no bounds was never better portrayed. Although, Rizwan is autistic, but his innocent and affectionate manners have Mandira fall in love with him. The chocolate-sweet romance between the couple is just so adorable.

Age old wisdom is passed from Rizwan’s mother to Rizwan in his childhood - “There are only 2 types of people in this world – Those who do good things and those who do bad things”. Only if all of us understood the depth and relevance of this message, we would all be one and under the same sun; not divided by religion and community barriers.

The blockbuster movie was not only a runaway hit in India, but received an equally greater international appreciation too. On its 5th anniversary, watch this absolutely fantastic movie and tell us about your favorite scenes, dialogues, etc.

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