My Name Is Khan

Last night my fiance and I decided to watch a movie, and we decided on a Shah Rukh Khan film we had not seen yet (not many in that list). We set up My Name Is Khan (MNIK) and began to watch. It is the kind of movie that you just get sucked in and takes you on the journey with the characters. I love Rizwan Khan, Mandira, Sam, Ammi, Zakir, Haseena, Mamma Jenny, Funny Hair Joel, and the other characters that Rizwan comes across on his journey to meet the President of the US and utter the words “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist.”

It starts with an airport scene in which he gets taken to a room to be searched. I remembered that this actually happened to SRK while he was filming this movie in the US. Even though people recognized him and vouched for him being a famous star, they kept him for two hours. His name was supposedly similar to another name on the “watch list”. People in the holding area were asking for his autograph and everything. OK, maybe no one in the TSA has ever seen a Bollywood, but I might want to check out someones information if everyone else knew them.

The story is narrated by the letter/diary entries that Rizwan writes to his wife Mandira while on his journey. There are also flashbacks to his youth and when he moved to San Francisco and started his life with Mandira and Sam. Rizwan has Asperger’s and SRK does an amazing acting job being in character. He is still charming as ever, but never once do you suspect he is playing a part. I have taught a couple children with Asperger’s (much milder versions than the one Rizwan has) and he is really right on. I was laughing though when he comments on San Francisco being “scary, very scary.” Growing up a couple hours away from the city I went there all the time. I love SF but it can definitely be scary and I usually have some kind of panic attack while driving there (I hate it!).

So, I would love to hear all of your thoughts if you have seen the movie, and if not, watch it as soon as possible.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

It has to be close to 8 years since I last watched Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH, Something Happens). That is quite odd considering it is another film starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. I loved it the first time, but somehow it got lost in all the other films I own and I dusted it off today. I remember I was so excited when I ordered this one. I was bidding on ebay and barely got in my last bid before it closed. I had already grown to love the songs “Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai”, “Koi Mil Gaya”, and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, which were on one of my mixed CDs.  It was the first Rani Mukherji film I watched as well. The basic story is about a man who loses his wife after childbirth and has to raise his daughter without a mother. Before she dies though, she writes 8 letters for her daughter’s first 8 birthdays. In the last one she gives her daughter the task of finding her fathers’ best friend so he can be happy again and she will have a mother. So many wonderful moments and tears during this movie. There are a couple things that stand out in this film and make it one of my favorites.

Half the movie takes place at a summer camp. I only went to summer camps a couple of times as a kid, but those memories hold a special place in my heart. The games we would play, the friends you would make, and the songs we would sing are so fun to reminisce about. We never did choreographed dances though ;). The kids were so sweet too, especially little Anjali and the Sikh boy who counts the stars (he did that in another film but I can’t remember right now).

I think it was in this film I began to notice Johnny Lever…is in EVERYTHING! He is a comedian who has been in hundreds of films so far (Wikipedia says more than 350). He was brilliant as the British loving Camp Manager. His timing is always spot on and he often lightens even the darkest films (even if only briefly). The first couple of films I saw him in, he kind of annoyed me, but after KKHH I really started to have more of an appreciation for him. Now I love seeing him pop up in films.

Also, on a side note, in 2011, KKHH will be remade in honor of its 12th anniversary as a ….cartoon! It is titled Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, and I am actually quite excited to see it after watching the trailer. All the same actors do the voices (minus Salman Khan) and all the characters are dogs! Anywho, Bolly-in-the-‘Bul signing out. Namaste!

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

I just love this film! The first time I watched K3G was with my grandma. She had never seen a Bollywood film before and I had just received the copy I ordered. We sat down to watch it and were both completely hooked. There are three main things I love about this movie.

1.)    The music and dancing are great. Shah Rukh Khan is always a great dancer but Amitabh Bachchan surprised me with his “Say Shava Shava” routine (he always seems so stiff to me, when he dances).  I also really enjoy “Suraj Hua Madham”, “Yeh Ladki Hai Allah”, and love “Bole Chudiyan‘. I have listened to them so many times, I like to sing along with the movie now.

2.)    The pairings in this movie are so perfect. The real life husband and wife, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, are great as the mother and father in the film. I love how he pulls the stool over for her when she fixes his tie. My favorite duo of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol cannot be beat. Any movie where the two of them are together is a number one smash hit in my books. And then Hrithik and Kareena are pretty cute. It kills me that her character’s name is Pooja and they nickname her Poo! Gets me every time :). It has taken me awhile to warm up to Kareena Kapoor but, after Jab We Met, I kind of like her now. I have always loved Hrithik Roshan though.

3.)    Kajol. She is just so fantastic! She is my favorite actress in Bollywood. She is funny and cute and at the same time so beautiful. So much character in such a small package.

K3G is a funny, touching, and ultimately uplifting story of what makes a family and the bonds that hold it together.