A Bollywood Forrest Gump. This was a label applied to Indian movie My Name is Khan following its international release earlier this year.

My Name is Khan,Shahruk Khan,Kajol

It’s the story of Rizvan Khan – a Muslim man with Asperger’s who lives happily in the US with his Hindu wife (Kajol) and her son. However, everything changes after 9/11. When the Khans experience fear-fuelled prejudice first hand, Rizvan sets out on an odyssey to meet the US president to tell him that his name is Khan and he is not a terrorist.

I loved this movie starring Bollywood sensation Shahrukh Khan. Thought-provoking, entertaining, funny, cute and deeply moving, it’s definitely worth a watch. It is however a rather sweeping generalisation to refer to it as a Bollywood Forrest Gump since it’s not a typical Bollywood movie nor is it a replica of the award-winning Tom Hanks movie.

It’s fun to note the similarities though. So here they are:

1. My name is…

2. Disability

Khan has Asperger’s. Gump has a low IQ.

3. Strong mother figure

4. Narration

Both Khan and Gump narrate their epic life stories.

5.  True love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQf1NtwGpMw&fs=1

6. Both live through key moments in American history.

7. Both experience personal tragedy.

My Nmae is Khan, Shahruk Khan,Kajol

Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks,Robin Wright

8. Both characters embark on a road trip across the States.

My Name is Khan, Shahruk Khan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN8kAjbuCIA&fs=1

9. Both Khan and Gump become media sensations.

10. Both characters meet the president.

My Name is Khan is currently available on demand on Sky Box Office