My Name Is Khan Turns 14: Karan Johar Says He Wouldn't Have Made This Film 'Without SRK And Kajol' - EXCLUSIVE

Celebrating 14 years of My Name Is Khan, this film is hailed as Karan Johar's cinematic triumph, flawlessly blending content and tone. Shah Rukh Khan's portrayal of Rizwan, a man with a physical disability, shines in this inspirational masterpiece. In an exclusive interaction with Zoom, the filmmaker discusses about the film's impact, portraying autism sensitively, and reflects on the collaborative effort that made it a success. Read on!
Karan Johar on 14 Years Of My Name Is Khan

Karan Johar on 14 Years Of My Name Is Khan

Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan is a near-flawless work, as perfect in content, tone and treatment as any film can get. The ‘message’ of humanism doesn’t come across in long pedantic speeches. In his career’s best performance, Shah Rukh Khan plays Rizwan. Born with a physical disability this is a man on the move. And boy, does he move! In what is possibly the most touching testament on film to the spirit of world peace and humanism, Rizwan takes off on a picaresque journey to meet the US President with a message that initially strikes us as being too na?ve for reiteration.
Speaking on the opus of his career, in an exclusive interview with Zoom, Karan Johar said, “There’re so many things that are different in the way My Name Is Khan(MNIK) finally shaped up. It came not only from a sense of conviction but also a sense of defiance. I never want to make a movie out of defiance again. I feel guilty about it. A film should be made to prove a point to no one except to the film’s director. But I thank God that the spirit of conviction overtook the spirit of defiance.”
Karan says My Name Is Khan is his work with the least mistakes. “Luckily for me in MNIK I didn’t cop out, as I did in portions of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna where I incorporated a certain level of flamboyance into the narrative. I didn’t make any compromises in MNIK. Here I felt no need to make commercial additions. I was being slotted as a director of gloss glamour and grandeur. Though millions of moviegoers have loved my works—and I’m deeply indebted to them-- I was labelled frivolous. When I sat in a roomful of serious-minded filmmakers I’d feel they didn’t think much of me. I regret that feeling. Now I feel I should’ve been totally happy in my own space.”
Karan felt this movie is a superhero film where the hero’s power is the power of humanity. “Like my movie said, ‘We’ve to be stronger than our fears, greater than our limits and more than just a name.’ More power to the force of humanity. I just believe we as Indians are such a strong force. We underestimate ourselves. There’s much power in the power of unity. I was dealing with a subject which had a very strong message and with a character who wasn’t neurotypical.”
Karan wanted to be sure that Shah Rukh’s autistic character was portrayed with sensitivity. “The character of Rizwan(Shah Rukh Khan) had to be portrayed very sensitively. If you notice we never made the character’s autism the issue. The problem is not his autism but the quality of human beings we are. There’s an irony running through the film. You and I who are normal are cluttered and confused in our heads. And Rizwan sees life in black and white. Though he suffers from a medical condition he has an aspirational mind. And he takes us back to our roots to what he learnt as a child from his teacher and from his mother about there being good people and bad people. You can’t get any more simplistic. He knows no better. But I see Rizwan’s good-bad theory as a great comment on the divisive forces that try to divide us on the basis of religion, politics and communal. If we followed Rizwan’s guidelines as prescribed by his mother we’d possibly have a better world.”
My Name Is Khan is an inspirational film like Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Rang De Basanti.
Karan Johar concluded, “For me, the most favourite cinematic emotion is the triumph of the human spirit. If a film inspires you to better your life, you’ve succeeded as a director. I wouldn’t have made MNIK without Shah Rukh. Both he and Kajol. Only a mother could play her part. I knew she wouldn’t say no. You just start loving Shah Rukh more when you see him through her eyes. Besides Shah Rukh there’re three heroes in the film. Shibani Bathija who wrote the screenplay, Deepa Bhatia whose editing gave my film a structure and Ravi Chandran who photographed the film and from whom I learnt so much about the camera. Because of Ravi, I’m a better filmmaker today.”
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