What My World's Like

“my name is khan and i’m not a terrorist.”

Mar
07

The journeys life takes us on are simply amazing. I’m often unable to find the words to fully express the magic this world and the heart are capable of producing; I’m just along for the ride, practicing opening all my senses to experience as much of it as I can.

My Name Is Khan is a visual account of the power of love. Honestly and tenderly, it addresses post-9/11 racial profiling with Shah Rukh Khan starring as Rizvan Khan, a Muslim man with Asperger’s syndrome who moves from India to the US and falls in love with the beautiful, spirited Mandira. They begin a happy life together, then 9/11 happens and their life together falls apart. He travels all across the country on a quest to keep his word and return to his wife.

I didn’t know much about the film before watching it, except that it was well-received, so I don’t want to give too much away about it. I remembered a lot of great pearls and wanted to share.

  • Love is verb. This man, who had difficulty expressing emotions, clearly loved this woman. Show and tell your love.
  • We must teach our children love. The hate they learn is the hate we teach.
  • Watch what you say. Speaking out of anger has led to some pretty hurtful, regretful things.
  • Fear, hatred, and willful ignorance are killing people…everyday.
  • Let go of anger. Love can achieve what hate never could.

Rizvan is such an interesting character, so quirky, yet so endearing. He’s on his own hero’s journey, facing his fears to reach his goals. Even though he can’t fully understand emotion, he represents pure love. My Name Is Khan is profoundly touching and inspiring.

Even while urging viewers to explore their prejudices, this film isn’t without its own annoying stereotypes, but the message about the power of love was redeeming enough for me to overlook them.

If you want to journey into your love and your prejudice, watch this film.

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