Karan Johar on My Name Is Khan

In an interview with MSN India, Karan Johar talks about the domestic box office collections of My Name Is Khan, the Shiva Sena controversy and their association with Fox.

Do you think Sena-SRK controversy eclipsed the success of ‘My Name Is Khan’? Did the controversy in anyway help the box-office collections?

  • No, I don’t think controversy had any impact on the film. The film had great audience support. Initially, say for the first three weeks, we did lose out some business in Maharashtra. But I think audience will eventually watch a film for what it is. They would not get swayed by the controversy surrounding it. Big controversies may help some small films, not a Kajol-SRK starrer. Controversy or no controversy, such films command audience. Nevertheless, we are glad to be out of the controversy.

What could have been the possible reason for SRK Kajol starrer’s domestic box office collection confining itself to Rs 90 crores in the first ten days of release?

  • It is an unusual film. What did people expect? It is a completely different film where the lead actor is autistic and has Aspergers syndrome. There are no songs or quintessential mainstream comedy in the film. It is a heavy issue-based film that is saying something strong.
  • It being an issue-based film will show up in its final business and will eventually end up as a very strong figure. In fact, the business ‘MNIK’ has done in India has been one of my highest in the domestic markets. Of course, if you compare it with other films you may feel it has not done well enough. But then, I never set out to make the biggest hit of the Indian cinema. I never sit and make calculations about my film. I am here just to make a credible film that has a strong message and can reach as many eyeballs as possible.

How different was the association with Fox Star Distribution? How did it help My Name Is Khan’?

  • It was different because we tapped the untapped markets with Fox. Fox Search and 20th Century Fox, with their wide infrastructure, made us creep into the markets that we haven’t explored earlier. With them, we have gone into markets in Middle East where no Hindi film has ever been released before. ‘My Name Is Khan’ is also opening theatrically in Poland, Germany and Russia. We might also do a second international cut in North America. All this is happening only because of our association with Fox.
  • When we got together with Fox, we wanted ‘My Name Is Khan’ to be the first global film India has ever produced. In fact, this is the first Indian film that has turned global. It is not just a film that has been in India only but we have taken Indian cinema across the globe, put it on the world map and made sure that everyone knows that our quality, content and our soul is unusual, different and is fantastic.


  • karan you rocks.you r the best.ofcourse MNIK is one of the best movies i have ever seen.its the best movie.


  • What Karan Johar said about the controversies, and that it might help some small movies but not a big movie starring a superstar like Shahrukh with Kajol.. it’s just a “slap” on those idiot’s face.. who always said on other webpages that Shahrukh meant to do all this as a publicity for his movie!!haha!!

    You all must be proud..but what to say to ppl who are indian but aren’t proud of their superstar’s latest movie, as they say: it lacks interest, fun!!

  • Publicity karna srk ke ka paidaashi bemaar hai as well karan ka bi
    yaad hai Wake up sid !! they used bobay instead of mumbai and came to street for asking sorry
    saale jab film bana raha tha thab yaad nahi mumbai use karna hai
    saale sab srk-karan gay notanki hai saale

  • Well said Karan. Srk is the best and the king of kings . The brightest face of bollywood ever. I am proud to be srk fan. Love u srk.

  • Fake karan Joker aah gaya hai . Ha..ha..ha..ha..ha… FLOP film ki kissa sunane .he..he..he… Publicity ka bhuka saale aah gaya phir se media ke samne . Phir se bakwas karne aah gaya saale .Most LIER person in the world .

  • PAISE de de kar TIRED ho gaya hai . Isliye khud promotion ke liye aah gaya hai . Most irritating person in the world . ha..ha..ha..ha.


    *Box Office*: Athithi update; Avatar beats MNIK in India

    My Name Is Khan continued its 65-70% slide consistent with big budget rejected fares. The film is playing on select shows in multiplexes and collected around 4 crores in its 3rd week. In comparision the recent 3 Idiots had collected 28 crores in week 3, seven times as much. MNIK’s collections even in America have crashed and are ending at just around half of 3I. In middle east, as expected it has done better at $1.9 mil reportedly from UAE but mideast and uk ethnic segment collections are not making up for losing performance in India for the 100 crore distribution cost Fox fare which needed 250 crores gross revenues for distributors. Overall FLOP.

    While a segment of media has been carping about MNIK’s supposed huge worldwide collections, we’ll put this in perspective for our viewers today. Avatar the international epic American bonanza, which has interestingly a Hindi/Sanskrit film title is not just a bigger worldwide grosser than MNIK, the American film has beaten My Name is Khan in India itself. Avatar has grossed Rs 115 crores in India which is much higher in India than the Shah Rukh Khan starrer. Moving internationally, MNIK outside of India has grossed perhaps Rs. 50-55 crores till a few days ago (with a $3.7 million reported gross in USA). Except Avatar’s gross outside of India stands at over mindboggling RS. 11,000 Crores. Which means the American film is ahead of the Karan Johar-Khan film by roughly, well, Rs. 11,000 crores. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER.

  • look who is crying gay-gay (nano),the person whose is gay himself but listen SRK is the most loved GOD of this country ,if u have any doubts u can go & ask any INDIAN around u, will definetly get the answer but keep in mind one thing the person should be INDIAN from his heart,becoz every PATRIOTIC INDIAN knows that what SRK means to them .the people who criticize our god should be ashamed of themselves and their family background in which they have grown up and ABOUT MNIK no doubt it is ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER AND THE HISTORIC MOVIE FOR INDIA AND THE WHOLE ASIA….

  • now what can he do ???the film has flopped and gone…rone pitne se kya hoga… i had already predicted its downfall… much before all the reviews here were praising it..

  • My Name Is Khan added around 6 crore nett as per early estimates in week three to take its three week total to 70 crore nett. The all India lifetime distributor share will be 37-38 crore. HIT
    My Name Is Khan has broken the long standing lifetime record of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in United Kingdom.

    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham grossed 2.5 million in 2001 and My Name Is Khan had a similar total by the end of business on Tuesday. My Name Is Khan is likely to end with 2.62 lifetime business in UK. The top grossers in UK are as follows.

    1. My Name Is Khan – 2.62m (Expected)

    2. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham – 2.5m

    3. Veer Zaara -2.02 million

    4. Three Idiots – 1.86 million

    5. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – 1.75 million

    6. Devdas – 1.69 million

    7. Kal Ho Na Ho – 1.67

    8. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – 1.50 million

    9. Don – 1.43 million

    10. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – 1.40m

  • @ prince: , yeh sab prove karne ki zarurat nahi hai MNIK flop ho chuka hai INdia mein . Ha..ha..ha..ha..

  • Hi karan
    you r the best in the world and your team SRK and Kajol is also the most best most favourit in all over the world touy all movies is superb you newly movie MNIK is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo superb
    best of luck to all of toy

    Abdul Waheed ( Pakistan)

  • i donno why peopel are posting this films collections .. it has done well abroad not because it is a good film that it is bad film people realised after watching it but because karan johar and srk are our indian version of ddutin hoffman and james cameron over there ar at least considerd one amongst them..!!! out here they are onluy mumbaikars ..so yahan inhe koi ghaas naheen dalta

  • Top 20 Grossers In Australia

    Wednesday 24th March 2010 10.00 IST

    Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

    The top twenty lifetime grossers in Australia till date are as follows. All figures in Aus $.

    1. Three Idiots – $1,100,000

    2. My Name Is Khan – $925,000

    3. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna – $570,000

    4. Ghajini – $505,000

    5. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – $480,000

    6. Dhoom 2 -$450,000

    7. Jodha Akbar – $450,000

    8. Om Shanti Om – $440,000

    9. Salaam Namaste – $430,000

    10. Love Aaj Kal – $400,000

    11. Chak De India – $390,000

    12. Race – $360,000

    13. Fanaa – $335,000

    14. Veer Zaara – $330,000

    15. Dostana – $325,000

    16. New York – $320,000

    17. Rang De Basanti – $315,000

    18. Lage Raho Munnabhai – $305,000

    19. Don – $300,000

    20. Tashan – $290,000

  • mnik is one the best movie in bollywood…..are eha sab suyar k bacha hai…jo isko flop bol raha hai…….srk k jasi acting jo karne aaye ga o mut dega.srk rocksss

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