(1) MNIK is an important film in the journey of deconstruction of SRK into an actor. (2) His critics would hate to read this but the truth is Karan Johar is one of the best we have. He is in total control of every frame of each his films. MNIK is no exception. Sadly, his deconstruction has not started yet. (3) We get to see actors like Vinay Pathak and Arif Zakaria play roles with hardly 5 minutes of screen time. The importance given to characters roles is amazing. Also amazing is the fact that actor are valuing the meat of the role rather than duration. Good start! (4) Ravi K Chandran's cinematography. He shows us things differently every time he is behind the lens. The arial shot where SRK is walking through the maze of electricity towers and wires in the Arizona desert is a work of a master. We don't have directors to challenge Chandran enough. (5) Strong messages.
5 reasons why you should not see My Name is Khan (MNIK):
(1) It assumes Hindi is the second language of USA - everybody speaks and understands it, including the 'Mr. President'. (2) Either they should not have shown George W Bush in the original or they should not have faked Obama. And what a fake, he looked a basket ball player more. An intelligent option would have been to always show Obama's back, never show his face. That would have been true to history completely. (3) If there is a place in their country that the US administration cannot reach to provide relief, trust me, a bunch of enthusiasts just cannot reach there with plastic covered cartons on their backs (Ref: The flooded Georgia town rescue scene). (4) The truth is that even our PM cannot meet the 'Mr. President' just because he wants to, leave alone one of us immigrating into that country. (5) A film with such strong and relevant message should be rooted in reality to be relevant over time. At the end, MINK is still masala messaging.