My Name is Ayesha
Everyone, such as Karan and SRK’s close journalist buddies and actor friends are raving My Name is Khan. I don’t like seeing movies in the light of someone else’s views because I usually end up hating that movie even if it is genuinely good. Similarly, I have some problem watching over hyped movies that is why I have never watched Titanic (from start to finish), Avatar – despite the fact that it became one of the highest grosser of all times and the New Moon. I had watched Twilight (New Moon’s prequel) a year after its release.
Keeping my weird habit of movie watching in view, I am skeptical about the film fraternity’s awesome reviews about the movie that they are sharing with the world after the special screening of MNIK; although, overall I have a positive vibe about the movie for certain reasons. According to them the movie would be a smashing hit and the Kajol-SRK pair would be able to maintain their 100% success record.
Like every big release, MNIK too ran into trouble (sort of) when Shiv Sena threatened to stopped the release of the movie in Mumbai following SRK’s statement about the participation of Pakistan cricket players in IPL. The Sena demanded an apology from SRK and asked him to go to Karachi and Islamabad to play with the Pakistani players. SRK is firm on his statement which of course was totally harmless and simple. The entire movie industry stands behind SRK and his democratic right of freedom of expression. Hopefully, he’d be out of that crisis soon!
By the way, are these Sena goons the Taliban of India? Undemocratic, wild, uncouth, full of hatred and ready to disturb peace! It was because of elements like those the IPL didn’t auction for Pakistani players because their security would have become a huge liability for them. That’s not the first time – the Sena had been involved in an attack on the IBN (news channels) Mumbai office a few months ago. They beat up several journalists because the TV had aired negative reports about Thackery.
Coming back to MNIK, it is SRK’s major release in two years so is naturally important for him. He has played the role of a Muslim for the fourth time in his career. First one was his forgettable cameo in Hey Ram, second one was one of his best movies Chak De and third one was Billu, which was quite nice.
Although, MNIK is basically a love story (that emphasis on the inter-faith harmony) but it also encourages people to be proud of their identity, especially Muslims, who have suffered discrimination and intolerance due to global war on terror. One can see SRK saying in the promos: My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist. The MNIK team introduced the My Name is Khan t-shirts. I thought to make my own virtual t shirt as well! So here goes my statement: My name is Ayesha and I am proud to be who I am.
All the best to MNIK team! I’ll reserve my further comments for later when the movie hits the theaters on 12th of Feb!