Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bollywood film about man with Asperger's who tries to meet President Obama a hit in UK


A Bollywood film about a Muslim man with Asperger's syndrome seeking a meeting with Barack Obama is turning into an international hit.

My Name Is Khan has smashed box office records in the UK to become the most successful Bollywood film ever in Britain, the Sun reports. It grossed more than $1 million in its opening weekend to jump into the sixth place on the UK box office.

The movie stars Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, who made an appearance on opening night with Jonathan Ross. It tells the story of Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from Mumbai, who has Asperger's syndrome and marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he is detained at LA International Airport, where his autism is mistaken for suspicious behaviour. He later starts a journey to meet the US president and clear his name.

Khan joked with fans at the premiere that he had autographed his full body scan from the security check at the London airport.