My name is Khan #AutismMovie #Aspergers

 

I had been looking forward to watching this movie for some time.

  • The film did not disappoint
  • But it was quite different to what I was expecting

 

Kaleidoscope

There is far more to this movie than ‘just’ Autism.

  • Asperger’s Syndrome to be precise

The movie gives a rare portrayal of the attitudes to Autism in India.

This is quite cleverly juxtaposed with the attitudes towards ‘foreigners’ in the US.

I found the movie a little bit slow going at the beginning, but this was probably intentional to develop the character of the Autistic protagonist.

The film is rich in detail and the pace soon picks up.

 

We are all Autistic

The Autistic traits portrayed by Khan seemed somewhat exaggerated, compared to how Aspergers presents in me.

  • But this doesn’t mean that the character is not authentic
  • In fact he may resonate very strongly with many/most people with Aspergers

A significant part of the movie is Khan’s journal writing.

  • Most of which comprises unsent letters to his wife

He mentions how he finds it much easier to write down his feelings than express them physically, or even just verbally.

  • This really struck a chord with me and really drew me into the movie.

There is one sequence where Khan is writing about his short comings (as he sees them) as a father.

  • This really hit home for me

It was here that all the differences between Khan’s Autism and my version of Autism dissolved.

  • They were redundant

It was here that I saw and identified with the very essence of my Autism as I see it.

 

My impaired ability to connect with others, even my own family!

The shame and the guilt that I feel for being unable to really be there with them in the moment.

  • My sadness and regret for the ‘lost time’ with my family
  • The hindsight knowledge that I could have done better
  • The belief that they deserve so much more than I have (thus far) given them

But just as I thought the main theme of the movie had been revealed, the film takes us to the next level.

  • I think I watched most of the last 40 minutes or so in tears, as I am now

 

Epilogue

This was a surprisingly uplifting movie for me.

I would encourage anyone who is touched by Aspergers Syndrome, whether directly or indirectly, to see this film.

So that you can see for yourself:

We are ALL Autistic

Because with Autism, what unites us is so much greater than what appears to fragment us.

  • I think this fact is sometimes lost under the umbrella (and mantra) of ‘The Spectrum’

 

I would also encourage you not to watch the movie trailer or any clips before seeing the film.

  • I didn’t, more by accident than design
  • But I’m glad that I didn’t as it would have diluted the impact of the film

 

My name is Khan

 

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shaiju
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 03:13:37

    wow, i never knew this movie had such perspective. Good review and well in this case i just want to let you know that there are few other movies in Hindi portraying Autism (honestly cant remember all’em)

    Reply

  2. spectrumscribe
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 02:21:20

    It sneaked up on me after a slow start. Have you seen ‘Salmon fishing in the Yemen’ yet?

    Reply

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