I was really excited for this movie just because of the fact that I’ll be able to see an SRK movie after more than a year so maybe I am bit biased towards the movie, but the one thing with which no one will disagree is that this SRK’s finest performance ever. He is the soul of the movie and it’s nearly impossible for your heart not to melt for his character Rizwan Khan.
Rizwan is a person who is suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome. He has a problem in conveying his emotions, doesn’t likes noisy and crowded places and is scared of the colour yellow, but as he says he is not mad, he is an intelligent person who can repair “almost anything” and is a mobile encyclopaedia. But, when his marriage gets broken post 9/11 he is not able to mend it. So he travels throughout the country to meet the president and tell him that even though he’s a Muslim he is not a terrorist. In the way he faces many hurdles like getting arrested by the FBI, running out of money and helping a hurricane struck village but Rizwan overcomes all of them by his sheer goodness.
The movie’s theme on post 9/11 trauma is not new to the viewers but what is special about the movie is the way Karan Johar handles it. The movie is complete turnover from his usual candyfloss movie style and shows how the director is willing to experiment (though not completely). The movie does get emotionally manipulative and a bit too long but you are able to ignore this because of the sincerity of the director and the fact that the movie has its heart in the right place.
There are many things which make this movie specially the relation between Mandira and Rizwaan, Rizwaan and his son bringing some of the best moments of the film like the scene in which Mandira proposes to Rizwaan, or the scene of the first night between Rizwaan and Mandira where they are innocently discussing what should they be doing. Moments like these keep you awestruck throughout.
In terms of music this movie is an again a departure for Kjo from his routine as the movie boasts of only 3 songs and that too coming as a montage. Worth mentioning here is the song Tere Naina which shows the sweet romance between the two leads. Background music of the movie is also great which haunts you even after the movie has ended. Ravi K Chandran’s solid camerawork brings out Rizwaan’s journey beautifully.
As Rizwaan SRK is truly amazing. This performance of his is at par with his earlier performances in Chak De and Swades. Not once do you feel that he is overdoing his disorder or that he is trying to create a caricature. Notice how he always repeats his lines or coming with scientific explanation every time or the way he hugs everyone. Scenes like the one in the church where pays a tribute to his son and specially his reaction when Kajol proposes to marry him are jut priceless. His innocence and goodness make you fall in love with him unconditionally.
Kajol as SRK’s wife brings depth to the movie and is just completly lovable. Her eyes emote thousands expression and show her love for Rizwaan and the pain and anger of the loss of her son. Watch out for her in the scene where she breaks down after the death of her son.
The movie is thoroughly supported by a rock solid supporting cast Zarina Wahab as Rizwaan’s mother is truly heart warming. Soniya Jehan as Rizwaan’s sister in law is immensely likable and Tanay Chedda as the young Rizwaan is incredible in a short but important role.
All in all Karan Johar has a made a lovable love story about how a person can go to any lengths for someone he loves. The movie makes you smile and even weep a couple of times (I myself had moist eyes at least three times).He has made a commercial movie which brings out an important message which says that all you need to be is good to everyone, and nothing wrong will ever happen to you and you can do anything. Two thumbs up for Kjo and his amazing story finally he has matured.
My Rating: ****
Reference value: Hell yeah!!!
Advice: Take some cleanex along
Special scene: Proposal Scene