February 16, 2010 12:34:10 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
MY NAME IS KHAN has opened to a very good response and it is now evident that with his Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer, film maker Karan Johar has eventually managed to explore a new side of his own self as a film maker.
"The fact is that all of us are in a very happy safety zone", reasons Karan, "In a mainstream film, we can get a song which is entertaining, a scene that is funny and emotions that are easily lapped up by millions. Such prerequisites really make us very comfortable. But then now is the time to break a new ground and bring in a different grammar of cinema."
One wonders though that in the process of doing so, why present your central protagonist as someone who is suffering from Asperger syndrome? Why not have him on board as a normal human being with perfectly normal physical and mental condition.
States Karan, "It was important for him not to be neurotypical because otherwise, he wouldn't have embarked on a mission like this. Rizwan Khan knows only good and bad people. He sees things in black and white. Anyone else in his place would have had so many different point of views but his mission is very simple. The beauty of his mission though he is that even he doesn't realize the potential of the change that he manages to bring in with the world rooting for him."