*DISCLAIMER* This post contains spoilers!
I just finished watching the Indian film entitled My Name Is Khan. It stars Shahrukh Khan and Kajol (who if you don’t know are kind of like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in India, only they aren’t married in real life). This movie was amazing. I haven’t seen a film that has moved me like this in a long time. I was an emotional mess throughout the whole thing!
The main character Rizvan Khan (Shahrukh Khan) is a Muslim man who has Asperger’s Syndrome, and can fix almost anything. He is terribly afraid of the color yellow and loud noises (throughout the film, you see Khan with earplugs in while in public places). He makes his way to San Francisco, where he meets Mandira (Kajol) and her son Sameer (Yuvaan Makaar). Khan eventually forms a relationship with Mandira, and the two marry. Fast forward to 9/11 and everything changes. Sameer begins to get taunted by bullies at school because his new last name, Khan, is a Muslim name. Mandira is a Hindu, and Rizvan is a Muslim. The time period following 9/11 was and still is hard for people who are of East Indian or Arabic descent, due to racial profiling. Sam is subject to this at school, and eventually is beaten to death by racist classmates at school.
If that doesn’t break your heart enough, the second half of the movie will. Mandira tells Rizvan that she wants him to leave and not come back until he meets the President of the United States and has him let America know that he (Khan) is not a terrorist, and neither was his son. Mandira blames Khan directly for what happened to her son, and she shuts him out, choosing hate instead of love. Meanwhile, Khan goes across America on a journey. He is determined to keep his promise to his wife. On the way there, he meets new friends, and becomes popular after he is forced to deal with injustice that is brought against him.
I don’t know how much of a “decent” description that was that I just gave, but I can hardly do the movie justice. You have to see it for yourself. The film touches on many issues that are prevalent in society today. Racial profiling, terrorism, religious persecution, and the list goes on. Khan is an excellent example to us all. He stood firm in his beliefs and kept his promise, even if he had many setbacks. Khan is the perfect example of just how far someone who really is driven will go to fulfill their dream. The movie has a great message and it can be a great discussion topic, especially today.
So, if you aren’t doing anything this weekend and have about 3 hours to spare (the movie is a bit long, but completely worth it), go on Netflix and look up My Name Is Khan. You won’t regret it.