Recently released “My name is Khan” is a Shahrukh Khan starrer , directed by Karan Johar focuses on the plight of Muslims in the world after the infamous 9/11. The story is beautiful, with SRK playing “Rizwan Khan” an autistic adult and thus someone who does not have the capability to hide his true feelings towards anyone. Kajol plays his wife “Mandira”, a hindu woman from India who has a soccer loving son “Sameer” from a previous abusive marriage. Rizwan and Kajol meet in USA and get married.
The little family gels together well and faces a crisis when Sameer is killed by some teenaged boys after the 9/11 incident. Sameer is killed because he has a Muslim father and the surname “Khan”. Mandira, hurt and angry on the brutal death of her son, tells Rizwan to go and tell the world that he is not a terrorist nor was Sameer, rather he should go and tell the President of USA.
The emotional part of the story is very touching. But when it comes to facts, there are some claims are made. The story of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) is twisted and presented such that the viewer comes to the conclusion that it was not Allah (S.W.T.) who ordered Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) to slaughter his son Hazrat Ismail (A.S.) but it was Satan (naooz u billah) who was forcing Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) to do so, and since Allah (S.W.T.) is very loving, he saved the life of the son. Now this is a direct attack on the Muslim history. Infact it attacks all those religions who believe this incident and who have faith in this incident. Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha every year in memory of the great sacrifice and SRK somehow has tried to downplay it.
Presenting Muslims as a tolerant and peaceful nation is appreciable, but downplaying the important rituals and the sacred history is not at all commendable. I am surprised that none of the people who watched the movie nor our religious critics commented on it.
Also non understandable is the fact that Muslims have been targeted, why do the other nations have to say they are not terrorists ? The “I am not a terrorist” line seems like a tagline to become famous by the end of the movie. The movie does not do justice to the issue as after half the movie, the main focus is on meeting the president. The movie also focuses on universal brotherhood, but we as Muslims do not believe in it. Our beliefs encourage us to live peacefully together with poeple of other religions, not to attack them, not to attack their temples, churches etc. , but it does not tell us to be brothers with those who kill Muslims, who kill thousands of innocent Muslims to revenge some criminals of the state. If brotherhood is to be established, Muslims have a greater right to be a Muslim’s brother.
Intermingling of religions has always been the forte of Indian cinema, and this is no exception with an inter religion marriage between Rizwan and Mandira. Also shown in the movie are scenes where Hindu Idols are kept in the same room where Rizwan offers Salat which again is not commendable. Salat is a sacred pillar and Ibadah of Islamand its sanctity should be preserved at all costs.
The story could have been nice enough without the 9/11 garnish on it. Infact it would been a lot better if it was simple love story like Kal ho na ho.