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My Name Is Khan Movie Review

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The canvass is huge. Two of India's premier production houses, Dharma Productions led by the enigmatic director Karan Johar, and Red Chillies owned by India's first truly global superstar Shah Rukh Khan, have collaborated with entertainment giants, Fox Star Studios and Fox Searchlight Pictures, to bring a truly international quality product in the form of MY NAME IS KHAN. The handling of the music department has been entrusted to Karan's favourite, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and with the kind of music that the trio has produced for Karan; the choice is not surprising at all. Right from KAL HO NA HO and KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA to the recent WAKE UP SID, it's their work that speaks for itself. They have always managed a rare blend of class and mass and their compositions, apart from being big hits, are always interwoven with the subject. So, the stage is set for another melodiously soulful outing and it's with humongous expectations that we explore, rather look forward to savoring the music album of MY NAME IS KHAN.

As the first string sounds of the 'rubab' along with the soulful vocals of the original queen of folksy numbers, Richa Sharma commence ''Sajdaa'', with the beautiful prelude, ''Rome rome tera naam pukare, Ek huye din rain hamare, Humse hum hi chhin gaye hain, Jabse lage nain teehare'', one is ready to be treated to a gem of number. And as the song unfolds further, the basis of assumption holds true. It would be wrong to classify ''Sajdaa'' as just another 'sufi' based 'qawwali' composition, because it is much more than just that and the reasons are Shankar Mahadevan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who together make ''Sajdaa'' a memorable outing. Rahat, the true inheritor to his legendary uncle, sufi singer, the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, shows his class as his soft, caressing vocals are a delight to the senses and Shankar pitches in with his superb interludes in the form of repeated 'sajdaa'. The orchestrations are delightfully Indian with superb display of 'rubab', 'shehnai' and 'dholak' and thankfully the true spirit prevails throughout and even in these days of techno 'qawwalis/sufi' songs (of which S-E-L are masters!), they have adhered to this strict chosen route without diluting the effect. The result is an amazing composition that reverberates, especially the beautiful rhythmic chorus, and keeps coming back to calm the nerves and enriches the senses. However, the mention of lyricist Niranjan Iyengar is a must as it is he who makes all this possible with some soulful lyrics that are easy on the lips and make the 'sufiana qawwali' even more pleasing as it takes the form of a romantic number that is easily understood and identifiable by all. What must be added here is that the composition is a 'tasawwuf' number, a sort of hymn sung in praise of God where the almighty is akin to the beloved. It is partly romantic too depicting the profound love between the two main protagonists and also situational as can be ascertained from the 'shehnai' piece which is a must during traditional wedding ceremonies. In whatever way critics classify ''Sajdaa'' one thing is certain, this number is one of the best 'sufi' compositions of recent times and all credit to the talented team.

Just when one thought that S-E-L had fired their best salvo with ''Sajdaa', comes another classy outing ''Noor E Khuda''. It may well be a song of despair with the protagonist seeking divine intervention to help him in times of crisis, but never once does the composition gets too serious or morose, as the tune that S-E-L have chosen is absolutely stunning. The stage is set with Shankar's outcry to the almighty, who is referred to as 'noor-e-khuda' (simply light of God), as he is considered as formless and appears as just a brilliant bright light. And Adnan in his inimitable style is excellent as his expressive and rich vocals convey the cry for help of the lead protagonist and strike right at the heart. Shankar, the support system throughout is perfect but his diction is bad and one can't excuse words like' khuda' and 'khwab' being pronounced wrongly by the seasoned singer. Shreya's classical singing is displayed with amazing beauty and the (new) nightingale provides the perfect foil to Adnan and Shankar. The beautiful background orchestrations are in perfect harmony with the situation of the song and the use of Indian musical instruments, like 'dholak', 'tabla' and 'sitar' is top class, but it is the guitar which has been used to perfection to convey the various moods. The somber mood of the song blends perfectly with the superb light guitar strummings, which forms the backbone of the composition. Niranjan Iyengar is par excellent and his carefully chosen words stay with the listener and are fresh as well as apt. The song comes to a beautiful climax as all the three main artists as well as the chorus join in to make it a song pleading for peace and harmony from God. Just the perfect ending to a perfect song!

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At first hear ''Tere Naina'' appears to be just another romantic number that has been added in the album to give it that light touch and encash SRK's overwhelming romantic image. But just like ''Sajdaa' this song too surprises when heard in its entirety. It's a lovable love ditty that changes from romantic to 'qawwali' and to a light 'geet' and the subtle change is done with such dexterity that the listener is too taken in by the beauty of the track to notice. Only light musical instruments like beads, 'sitar', 'tabla' have been used to give the song that soft feel of romance, and the harmonium that forms the essential part of a 'qawwali' number is used with elan. Shafqat Amanat Ali gets his due in Bollywood by singing for a King Khan film and he makes full use of the opportunity by delivering his best. This hummable number too stays in the minds of the listeners and one is invariably and unconsciously singing the song even after switching off the track, such is the spellbinding effect of the simple number. For the first time Niranjan lyrics sound routine and filmy but may be it was the demand of the makers and the situation as well.

Karan Johar is known for his tearjerkers and he sticks to his format this time, too. But he also addresses an important issue, one that is tearing the world apart

His handling of scenes is very mature and real. The interaction between young Rizvan with his mother (Zarina Wahab) and his younger brother Zakir is poignant. Zarina's obsessive focus on Rizwan drives Zakir to the wall. The crack is easy to see; his hatred for his brother easy to accept. Rizvan, in one touching moment tells his brother that at least he is able to express his sadness through tears… as for him, it's a frustrating process all bottled within.

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Wanting to live his mother's dreams to lead a normal life, Rizvan leaves for America to live with his brother and wife. There, he assists his brother in selling his beauty products and meets Mandira (Kajol), already married with a six-year-old son. Their romance, which leads to marriage, is very well captured. She is a Hindu. He a Muslim. She adopts his surname and then 9/11 happens which radically changes the way the world sees Muslims, especially Americans. Tragedy strikes this happy family and Rizvan is on a journey travelling across the US to meet the president to tell him, 'My name is Khan, and I'm not a terrorist.' It is this obsessive or repetitive routine, which is the central theme of the film. He does meet the President and manages to change the views of many along the way.

Karan and SRK have done what they had to for the viewers and peace at large; but in the real world, can love actually be given a chance? A beautiful movie with a beautiful message not to forget powerful performances from the jodi that stormed the screens13 years ago with DDLJ.

Jimmy Sheirgill is once again proving to be a powerhouse performer. Soniya Jehan and Tannay Cheddha as the young Rizvan are fabulous. Zarina Wahab captivates with her emotions for both her sons. Yuvaan Makaar as Kajol's son is a confident actor.

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Go watch it. Karan has crafted a beautiful film, while SRK has authored a marketing strategy that will be hard for even Aamir Khan to beat!

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, and people with it therefore show significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.

The exact cause is unknown, although research supports the likelihood of a genetic basis; brain imaging techniques have not identified a clear common pathology. There is no single treatment, and the effectiveness of particular interventions is supported by only limited data. Intervention is aimed at improving symptoms and function. The mainstay of management is behavioral therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness.

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Viewed on the basis of the evaluation of Asperger Syndrome, Karan Johar has hit the nail on the head. He has handled Rizvan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) with maturity. To top it, he has used the intelligence of Rizvan to home in on a very touchy topic and has succeeded. Islam is not about Jihad, it is about love and Rizvan in his own locked-in world unlocks the hate within from those around him. Many with Asperger Syndrome also get violent, but Rizvan freaks when he sees the colour yellow and cannot stand loud noise.

Shah Rukh Khan has done a complete study of this syndrome and has delivered a terrific performance from frame one. Kajol, I dare say, is the Queen of Bollywood. All this talk of this heroine being the No.1 or No 2 is just mumbo jumbo when you see this talent explode on screen. Just natural. Pure bliss. We need to see more of you on screen, Kajol.

Karan Johar is known for his tearjerkers and he sticks to his format this time, too. But he also addresses an important issue, one that is tearing the world apart.

His handling of scenes is very mature and real. The interaction between young Rizvan with his mother (Zarina Wahab) and his younger brother Zakir is poignant. Zarina's obsessive focus on Rizwan drives Zakir to the wall. The crack is easy to see; his hatred for his brother easy to accept. Rizvan, in one touching moment tells his brother that at least he is able to express his sadness through tears… as for him, it's a frustrating process all bottled within.

Wanting to live his mother's dreams to lead a normal life, Rizvan leaves for America to live with his brother and wife. There, he assists his brother in selling his beauty products and meets Mandira (Kajol), already married with a six-year-old son. Their romance, which leads to marriage, is very well captured. She is a Hindu. He a Muslim. She adopts his surname and then 9/11 happens which radically changes the way the world sees Muslims, especially Americans. Tragedy strikes this happy family and Rizvan is on a journey travelling across the US to meet the president to tell him, 'My name is Khan, and I'm not a terrorist.' It is this obsessive or repetitive routine, which is the central theme of the film. He does meet the President and manages to change the views of many along the way.

Karan and SRK have done what they had to for the viewers and peace at large; but in the real world, can love actually be given a chance? A beautiful movie with a beautiful message not to forget powerful performances from the jodi that stormed the screens13 years ago with DDLJ.

Jimmy Sheirgill is once again proving to be a powerhouse performer. Soniya Jehan and Tannay Cheddha as the young Rizvan are fabulous. Zarina Wahab captivates with her emotions for both her sons. Yuvaan Makaar as Kajol's son is a confident actor.

Go watch it. Karan has crafted a beautiful film, while SRK has authored a marketing strategy that will be hard for even Aamir Khan to beat!

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