Muslims Finally Get Someone to Root for

February 24, 2010

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Religion News Service

The 100 or so young couples, college students, middle-aged parents and grandmothers in headscarves that packed a movie theater could have been mistaken for an audience in Mumbai, Lahore or other South Asian city.

They had come to see “My Name is Khan,” a new Bollywood film that has shattered box office records in India and is now making a respectable showing in the United States.

The film features dramatic plot twists and sensitive social subjects, but throughout pounds home a tolerant message that the main character learned from his mother: There are two kinds of people in the world, the good guys and the bad guys.

And until recently, Muslims—at least those depicted by Hollywood—have nearly always been the bad guys.