Shah Rukh`s `My Name Is Khan` a hit with Egyptian public
Cairo: Shah Rukh Khan starrer `My Name Is Khan` seems to have touched a chord with the Egyptian cine lovers, who continue to throng theatres even two months after its release.
The film, which talks about the `Islamophobia` that gripped the US after 9/11, made a record one million Egyptian pounds in the first four weeks of its release.
The Karan Johar directed film, which was distributed in Egypt by United Motion Pictures, has become a hit among public as well as critics.
The distribution head Antoine Zind says it has been decades since he took the risk with showing an Indian movie in Egyptian theatres but `My Name Is Khan` has changed his perception about Indian cinema.
Famous analyst Muhammad al-Kurdusi is one of the strongest supporters of the movie.
"This is no ordinary movie. This movie reflects what we, as Muslims, learnt in primary school. The hero is no ordinary hero. He is more like a new prophet of his time but are we true Muslims to believe in him?," al-Kurdusi said.
The Indians have done Muslims in general a huge favour, according to media pundit Khalid Muntassir.
"If we had placed thousand sheiks in the thousand largest squares in the world and aided them with microphones, they wouldn`t have rectified the image of Islam and ridded it from the false accusations Osama Bin Laden stuck to it like this one Indian movie `My Name is Khan` has," Muntassir wrote.
The next film to be screened in Egypt is Kabir Khan`s New York` starring Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham and Katrina Kaif.
Incidentally, `New York` also talks about how the 9/11 incident changed the lives of Muslims living in the US.