Two of the biggest actors in Bollywood today, Shahruch Khan and Kajol, star in this film. Khan especially does a good job. Such a good job that it is hard to take your eyes off and not be touched by his portrayal of this endearing character. The chemistry between the two is amazing and they render what could have been a relationship that could easily have been mocked touching and believable.
Rizwan (Shahrukh Khan) is an Indian Muslim man living in Mumbai who has Asperger's Syndrome. This type of high functioning autism usually leads to the person having a difficult time with interpersonal relationships and socialization.
Due to his condition Rizwan has a unique way of looking at the world. When his loving mother dies he moves to San Francisco and lives with his brother and his wife (Pallavi Sharda). While working as a salesman who sells natural skin products he meets a single mother who works as a stylist at a hair salon.
Against all odds Rizwan and Mandira (Kajol) fall in love and get married. When a tragedy tears them apart, Rizwan goes on a journey across the United States in order to meet the President in the hopes of repairing the damage to his marriage.
This is not your typical Bollywood film. Director Karan Johar has used actual English-speaking actors to portray English-speaking characters. There is no dubbing or fakeness to it. It is emotional, realistic, mature, and touching. That is not to say that there are not comedic moments because there are, but they are not the focal point of the film.
At its heart this is a realistic portrayal of love at first sight. It uses religion and politics as a backdrop, but this is a love story. It reminds us that not all Muslims are terrorists and that we cannot allow our grief to blind us to this fact. You will be captivated for 2 ½ hours while watching.
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