Shah Rukh Khan To Portray Autistic Man

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Posted on May 21st, 2008 in Movies, News

Shah Rukh Khan is one of Bollywood’s finest actors and for his next film directed by Karan Johar, he will have to take his acting ability to an even higher level. The long awaited project, My Name is Khan, will have SRK not only in a dramatic story set around the time of 9/11 but also his character will be autistic. Autism is a developmental disorder and according to the National Institute of Health: “Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. These behaviors can range in impact from mild to disabling.”

A source said about Shah Rukh Khan, “He’s adventurous and dares to take risks, he dares to be different, and break all rules. It is a misconception that he is repetitive and does not like to play different characters. His performances in Swades and Chak De! India are the best examples to prove this point. My Name Is Khan will be a trump card in SRK’s repertoire. Playing an autistic person will be challenging. Shah Rukh will have to do a lot of homework.”

Sadly though, we will have to wait even longer for this film to come to theaters because it has been delayed. Shah Rukh will be filming for Aditya Chopra’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi first and then he will begin work on My Name Is Khan. A lead actress still has not been finalized for the project; although Kajol has been offered the part, she still has not signed on the dotted line.

The source added, “SRK can’t wait for the film to begin. He is very excited about playing this different character.”

We will keep you up to date on all the Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and My Name is Khan news so watch this space for more!

Kuch Toh Bolo!

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