My Name is Khan
Bollywood India's film industry has been producing great films full of music, energy emotion and drama for many years.
But until recently, a lot of people from outside the Indian community weren't aware of them, even those like you who love films of all kinds from all corners of the world. Now, however, that situation seems to be changing, thanks to movies that have "crossed over" to western audiences such as the brilliant Lagaan and the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire (both of which you can see with FILMCLUB).
And now there's another movie to join their ranks My Name is Khan, a well-made drama that tells the story of Rizwan Khan, an autistic Muslim man living in the US whose family is all but torn apart by the fearful and violent atmosphere that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Starring Bollywood legend Shahrukh Khan in the role of the brave and dogged Rizwan, it's a powerful and moving film that manages to deal with issues about autism and racial prejudice while also providing a gripping story.
Which is one of the reasons the film became a huge international success when it was released in cinemas across the world. In America, the film became one of the most popular Bollywood films ever released there, making an estimated $4 million at the box office. In the UK, it also became broke records to become the most successful Bollywood film in history, and across the world similar stories unfolded with this memorable, thought-provoking film reaching huge and often entirely new audiences in countries as far apart geographically and culturally as New Zealand, Egypt and Poland.
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