Karan Johar’s Bollywood film, “My Name Is Khan,” grossed an estimated $1.86 million at the box office this past opening weekend, breaking the record for the largest opening for a Hindi film in North America. The Fox Searchlight release averaged $15,500 from its limited release in 120 theaters nationwide. The film also smashed box office records with the highest single-day gross for a Hindi film worldwide. The record was previously held by 2009 Bollywood comedy “3 Idiots,” directed by Rajkumar Hirani.
Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, plays leading man Rizwan Khan, an Indian Muslim with Asperger’s syndrome living in San Francisco. He is attempting to cope with the racial tensions in the U.S. post 9/11. The film also chronicles a love story between Khan and a Hindu single mother, Mandira, played by Kajol Devgan.
The film’s screenplay was written by Shibani Bathija and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Gauri Khan (Shah’s wife).