Fiction U.S. Presidents

I’m Karan Johar watching.  Why not? There are bird watchers, Instagram watchers and Paris café watchers, who drink four cups of coffee and watch the world go by.

I’m watching the Indian filmmaker just in case he makes a movie where President Trump is the main character.
People who follow Bollywood movies (Hindi) know that it is not only about the country called India and Indians living abroad, but also about stories that incorporate global events, like U.S. presidential elections.

My Name is Khan for example, starring Shah Rukh Khan and directed by Karan Johar.  The essence of the story is that Khan wanted to meet the U.S. president and tell him his name and that he is not a terrorist.
The movie was released in 2010 and nobody anticipated that the changing of the guard in the White House would result in Executive Order 13769, restricting people from predominantly Muslim countries, from entering the U.S.
My Name is Khan even has a detailed scene where we see a character that looks like President Obama.    It is also topical because of double profiling: looking like an ‘Indian’ and religion.
Are there any theatres that screen old movies like Devdas and Dr. Zhivago?  What a pity, because My Name is Khan must be seen on the big screen to enjoy the cinematography as Khan travels the big U.S. of A. in search of the President.

Nonqaba waka Msimang is the author of Sweetness, a South African novel.


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