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Has MNIK taken its toll?

Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan look worn out on arrival in India.

entertainment Updated: Feb 16, 2010 02:18 IST

My Name Is Khan (MNIK) may be going great guns in India and abroad, but the controversy around the flick appears to have taken a toll on it’s stars. Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan looked drained on their arrival at Mumbai Airport on February 14.

The duo was returning after promoting their film in Berlin. Kajol, sans make-up, was barely recognisable and SRK looked gaunt and tired.

Amlan Dutta, a photographer present at the airport, says, “Both of them looked completely zoned out. Shah Rukh was most unlike himself and could barely walk straight. He had trouble climbing onto the car and had to hold on for support. Kajol, too, made sure to rush back as soon as she landed, and was looking exhausted... almost unwell. Both of them didn’t speak a word, let alone interact with fans.”

Meanwhile, their film has broken the record for the largest opening weekend for a Hindi film in North America, grossing $1.86 million at the box office there. The previous record was held by Shah Rukh’s Om Shanti Om, which grossed $1.76 million over the Diwali holiday weekend in 2007.

The flick, directed by Karan Johar, is also getting good reviews from US critics. “This enormously enjoyable drama races forward with incredible drive,” says variety.com.

Trade publication Hollywood Reporter said, “It’s well worth the 162-minute journey. Shah Rukh Khan comes to America and shows why he is an Indian mega-star.”

The Los Angeles Times called it “a sweeping epic in the melodramatic Bollywood manner”. “MNIK is a potent, energetic heart-tugger and Khan and Kajol are highly appealing and equal to the demand of their emotion-charged roles,” it said.

“Skillfully directed... Khan jerks tears with ease, while teaching lessons about Islam and tolerance,” The Times said.