What Is the Movie "My Name Is Khan" About?


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The movie "My Name is Khan" is about Rizwan Khan, a man with Asperger's syndrome who travels across America in his quest to deliver a personal message, "My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist", to the President of the United States. Shah Rukh Khan stars in the title role.

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Rizwan Khan, a Muslim who grew up in Mumbai, joins his brother in the United States. He meets Mandira, a Hindu single mother, and her son Sam and marries Mandira. The Khans' life suffers disruption after the September 11 attacks. Sam suffers fatal injuries in a racially motivated fight at school. Mandira blames Rizwan because of Sam's surname. She challenges Rizwan to tell the people and the president that his name is Khan, and he is not a terrorist.

Khan starts a journey to deliver his message to the president. He attends prayers in a mosque in Los Angeles and overhears a violent speech by Faisal Rahman. He reports this to the FBI, but nothing happens. The police later arrest him from a crowd waiting to meet President G.W. Bush and imprison him on misrepresented charges. Later, the police free him after a media campaign by two journalists. He re-connects with Mandira, but a Faisal Rahman supporter stabs him. He then recovers and meets President-elect Barack Obama who says to him "Your name is Khan, and you are not a terrorist".

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