My Name is Khan

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ninakang
ninakang Member Posts: 1,367
edited 21. Feb 2010, 13:14 in Community Chit-chat archive
Actually, it is Nina, but I wanted to tell you all that I went to seen the above film last night at the cinema and it is BRILLIANT. And not just because I fancy the leading actor in it - Shah Rukh Khan (although he definitely adds to the film's appeal).

The film is about an autistic man who also has Asperger's syndrome and he follows his brother to America from India when their mother dies. He comes across all kinds of racism after the 9/11 attack and decides to go and meet the president to tell him "My name in Khan and I'm not a terrorist".

Has anyone else seen the film? What did you think? I thought it was a fantastic film and one I'll definitely own on DVD but there were some places where it dragged and it was a bit long. Made me a bit teary in places and definitely made me think. I had no idea that following 9/11, Asian people were so afraid of attack that some changed their appearances: cutting their hair where once they had a turban or shaving their beards to look less "Muslim".

If you get the chance to see it, please do try and go.

Nx

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  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,559
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Nina

    When did that come out?? Is it new?

    I haven't seen it anywhere....but i promise to look. I like films that show people who have differences (autistic spectrum disorder) as being valuable :)

    I will try to get to see it if I can

    Love

    Toni xx
  • ninakang
    ninakang Member Posts: 1,367
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    rehab44 wrote:
    Are Muslims the new Jews?

    I have to say no to that, Rehab. I don't really like sweeping statements like that. I can understand what you're saying, Jews were once (and probably still are) oppressed and misunderstood and targetted because of this and there are parallels to the way Muslims are treated. However, statements like yours suggest a simplification of facts and (I think) trivialise the situation whereas it's much more complex (which I'm sure you agree with).

    Toni,

    It's a new film, it only came out at the weekend. I saw it at our local Showcase cinema, but it's probably on at the Odeon too.

    Nx
  • mellman01
    mellman01 Member Posts: 5,306
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Nina where did you see it?, is it out at the flicks right now??
  • ninakang
    ninakang Member Posts: 1,367
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Mell,

    I think we posted at exactly the same time :-) Yes, it's out right now.

    Nx
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,559
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    That'll be it then Nina - that's why I've not seen it.

    I prefer our local cinewold (easier to drive to)

    Love

    Toni xx
  • ninakang
    ninakang Member Posts: 1,367
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I would tell you where to "download" it, Toni, hubby has found a brilliant site, but I don't want to get Moderated again, even though it's earning me points with Rehab :-)

    Nx
  • naseebapnaapna
    naseebapnaapna Member Posts: 201
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    hi all, my name is sangita.

    this is a "bollywood" film. made in india (there was a film of that title as well :D ) now mumbai. the stars are indian. i have not seen it, but i believe some of it is in hindi, but most is in english.

    yes, it's the normal indian formula film, so there will be songs in it as well, but i hear it's been pretty well made.

    i cannot sit through a film, or even in a cinema for 3 hours so i'll have to wait for it to be on the smaller screen.

    for all who are interested, there is a comfort break in the middel, so we can stretch, etc.

    hope others may go to se it.

    it will have no resemblance to who wants to be a millionair, as millionair was made by a person with our western views.


    we should have a poll on it to see what we all think of it.

    take care

    sangita
  • ninakang
    ninakang Member Posts: 1,367
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Sangita :-)

    this is a "bollywood" film. made in india (there was a film of that title as well :D ) now mumbai. the stars are indian. i have not seen it, but i believe some of it is in hindi, but most is in english.

    -The film is set mostly in America, and the stars are both Indian and American.

    yes, it's the normal indian formula film, so there will be songs in it as well, but i hear it's been pretty well made.

    - I disagree that it's the normal "Indian formula film" and think that's a bit stereotyped? Have you seen the film? There is dramatic music in certain parts but no songs "sung" and danced to by the actors.

    for all who are interested, there is a comfort break in the middel, so we can stretch, etc.

    - Yes, there is a comfort break in the middle, about 10 minutes long, as the film is about 3 hours long.

    it will have no resemblance to who wants to be a millionair, as millionair was made by a person with our western views.

    - "our western views"? I'm sorry, but whose views are you referring to here? I don't think you can actually comment that it will be different to a film you have seen when you haven't seen this one yet? I've seen both films and think there are some parallels with the way the film has been made, particularly with scene changes.

    we should have a poll on it to see what we all think of it.

    I think this is a very good idea when more people have seen the film.


    I was very confused by your post as you're making assumptions about a film that you've never seen?

    Love
    Nina :-)
  • ninakang
    ninakang Member Posts: 1,367
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    [/quote]You read a lot into that one sentence and accurately explained my meaning, The Muslims will be and are being demonised for 9/11, similarly to the Jews being demonised for the death of Christ.

    Therefore it was not a sweeping statement it was in fact a question indicated by the ? at the end of the sentence.

    It certainly did not trivialise anything you had posted earlier, in fact it showed a degree of sympathy for those suffering this new racialism[/quote]


    If you'd just said that in the first place, my lovely Rehab :-) I knew what you meant, was just trying (not very well) to expand on your statement.

    Nx
  • snowball
    snowball Member Posts: 3,465
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I haven't seen my name is Khan yet will have to wait for it to come out on dvd as i can not sit for too long. I think all films should have a break half way through, they used too when i was little :)
    Julie
    ((((hugs)))) n xxxxx to ya all
  • naseebapnaapna
    naseebapnaapna Member Posts: 201
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    i'm very sorry to have offended you nina. please accept my applogies

    sangita
  • chris7
    chris7 Bots Posts: 2,696
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Nina

    Thanks, I don't get to the pictures but will look out for that on DVD.
    Sounds an interesting and I hope well handled topic. Glad you enjoyed it.
    I do love my DVD's and miss the film thread and my film pal Ecstardeluxe (Alex hope you are ok? )
    Always open for suggestions if anyone else has anything to recommend. Watched Will Smith in Seven Pounds at the weekend. Sounds a weird title but a very thought provoking and memorable film.
    thanks again
    Chris
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Only just seen this post Nina.
    I will be interested in this film but mainly because of the autism link as my two sons are on autistic spectrum. I usually find I am distracted by the autistic characters in films,comparing their experiences to my own but I will try not to let the autistic link deflect from the main message of the film of racism .I will have to watch it in order to comment but I am not a great fan of cinemas.
    Elizabeth
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,559
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Elizabeth - you have to go
    The main character is on the autistic spectrum, asperger's, and is played very very well.
    Nina
    Thanks for the recommendation - we really enjoyed it. I bawled my eyes out most of the way through it :roll:
    A classic
    One word od warning - it's an epic - we went in at 3 and left at 6.30pm (including adverts). There is a ten min break at wolverhampton - use it to move about.
    Toni xx
  • joyful164
    joyful164 Member Posts: 2,401
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hello Nina

    I love the sound of this film and would love to go and see it.
    But like Sanjita, I couldn't sit for very long and would find it uncomfortable, I think, even though our Odean is very good.

    I think I will wait until the DVD comes out


    Joy
  • ninakang
    ninakang Member Posts: 1,367
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Toni,

    I'm so pleased you enjoyed it and managed to sit through it. I had to use the break to stretch and move about too. What did you think about the lead actor? Isn't he scrummy?

    For those of you who can't sit for that long, I wish I could post my dodgy link that my hubby found... but I'll get moderated again :-) It would be worth getting the DVD. We're going to get a copy as soon as we can because my girls loved it. If you live in an area where there are Indian film and music shops, they'll probably be able to get you a copy - because it's a Bollywood film, you might have touble finding it elsewhere.

    Nx