A Bollywood blockbuster on Halifax screens, My Name is Khan
thankfully plays here with none of the controversy that greeted its release in India in February. That tumult is too nuanced to elaborate here, but it is worth looking into independently as it comments on one of the questions My Name
raises: Can people with deeply felt prejudices and fears be changed? Shah Rukh Khan, one of India’s biggest movie stars, plays the titular Khan, a Muslim Indian in the USA, whose Asperger’s syndrome makes him interpret literally his wife’s exasperated command that he go tell the president that “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist.” Khan sets out on a sincerely cutesy journey across America, allaying any fears or misconceptions that confront him. My Name
has some diversions that strain patience and credibility, but the film’s overall ebullience is charming.