Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most well-known Indian celebrity in Bollywood. Last year, he was stopped at an American airport and interrogated for two hours because of his surname, Khan. The film, My Name Is Khan, which releases in theatres February 11th in India and February 12th here has Shah Rukh playing a Muslim who also deals with Asberger’s Syndrome who marries an Indian widow.
There must be something more to this film because Hindu Indians have begun rioting and defacing posters for the film. The aspect in which the film has chosen to portray Muslims seems to be the cause of the riots. However, among those opposed to the film, are those who say they didn’t mind the portrayal of Muslims.
The film attempts to change how Muslims are perceived. Yet, is it worth it to continue showing the film with enraged rioters and police being obliged to protect the theatres?