Movie Review: My Name Is Khan (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★½☆
Box Office: Above Avg.

my-name-is-khan-00-frontMY NAME IS KHAN makes two strong statements…
The first Statement: B.C. [before Christ] and A.D. [after death] are designations used to label years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. There’s a third designation now – 9/11. Post September 11, the world stands divided. Terrorist outfits continue to strike in the name of religion and the common man, not even remotely associated with these groups, is bearing the brunt. The world is not a safe place anymore.

The second statement: There’re two sets of people in this world – the good and the bad. No matter how strong the evil forces are, good always triumphs.

MY NAME IS KHAN mirrors the era we live in. Not a day goes by when you haven’t heard/read/watched news of terror attacks and innocents being killed. We live in turbulent times. Also, the movie states – and states very strongly, without mincing words – Not all Muslims are terrorists.


Rizvan Khan [Shah Rukh Khan moves to San Francisco and lives with his brother [Jimmy Shergill] and sister-in-law [Sonya Jehan]. Rizvan, who has Asperger’s syndrome, falls in love with Mandira [Kajol]. Despite protests from his brother, they get married and start a small business together. They are happy until September 11, when attitudes towards Muslims undergo a sea-change.

When tragedy strikes, Mandira is devastated and they split. Rizvan is confused and upset that the love of his life has left him. To win her back, he embarks on a touching and inspiring journey across America.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
5.0 “One of the most meaningful and moving films to be rolled out from the Bollywood mills in recent times”
Times Of India
4.5 “The movie strongly states: Not all Muslims are terrorists”
4.5 ” The Karan-Shah Rukh-Kajol combo strikes once more”
4.5 “It’s SRK, Kajol and Karan’s best work till date”
DNA India
4.3 “you’ll leave the theater feeling like you’ve just seen a film that matters”
Planet Bollywood
4.0 ” A true Bollywood product with laughter, tears, emotions and world-shaking incident as a backdrop”
4.0 “is not faultless by any stretch, but will have you emoting with cinematic euphoria one minute and pulling out your tissues in desperation the next. A must watch”
4.0 “A journey that’s worth the price of your ticket and a bit moreIts a journey that’s worth the price of your ticket and a bit more””
4.0 “a must-must-see”
Khalid Mohamed
4.0 “My Name is Khan – UTTAM MOVAAM SHAHRUKAM”
4.0 “Discrimination is good, but only between Right and Wrong”
4.0 “a must watch film”
Zee News
3.5 “Touches the now-traditional theme of the aftermath of 9/11 and the victimized Muslim with simplicity and sensitivity”
3.5 “delivers more than one expected it to”
Real Bollywood
3.5 “Go watch it. Karan has crafted a beautiful film”
3.5 “a film that will inspire, make aware, make happy”
Rediff 2
3.5 “SRK-Kajol chemistry rocks!”
3.5 “A journey through a troubled post 9/11 America towards humanism and the essential goodness of the human spirit”
3.5 “carries the message of peace in a Gandhi like fashion, almost turning Rizwan into a new age icon. Get inspired!”
3.5 “Difficult for the viewers to look away”
India Today
3.5 “straight from the heart…it has a message, in these days of tensions over language and religion, one which needs to be heard”
Now Running
3.0 “My Name is Khan has many messages”
IBN Live
3.0 “The film of course crushes the most popular post-9/11 prejudices of our times.The case isn’t new”
3.0 “steals your heart in this film which has many message”
Buzz 18
3.0 “remains on the fringes of great cinema”
DNA India 2
3.0 “it as much from my epiglottis as from the heart”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Tight Screenplay, better dialogue, sensible editing would have made movie a milestone…”
2.5 “Too Much Cheese for One Movie”
Negative Reviews

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