Asked if he thinks Kajol could
portray the character better because she is a mother in real life
too, he said: "Yes, she could connect to the character well
because she is a mother first, then a wife and then an actress.
I think she is, by her own admission, a solid mother and that's
how she defines herself," said Karan.
The filmmaker insists the disorder in Shah Rukh's character
acts as a texture and an added layer but it's not the focus
of the film.
"We needed a character not to be neurotypical because
when he is asked to embark on a journey to meet the US president,
it's a very illogical demand to make. But it's told to him in
the heat of the moment and he takes it to heart," Karan
"If he was neurotypical, like you and I, logic would have
played a big part. But he followed the instruction," he
Karan believes it is difficult to make pure love stories nowadays
because there is bound to be a certain cynicism attached to
"I think a pure love story is difficult to make as we
used to do decades ago. There is too much cynicism and too much
of a grey area surrounding love. That's why a very pure love
story will have certain cynicism attached to it. That's my belief.
Having said that, I believe that there are some great love stories
waiting to be made," said Karan.
It has been reported that Fox STAR is undeterred by the unprecedented
success of Rajkumar Hirani's "3 Idiots" and hope to
hit the bull's eye with "My Name Is Khan".
Does it pose any challenge to Karan as a filmmaker?
"I don't make a film and predict a business of it. I make
a film I believe in. Yes, it's a challenging film because it
is a new kind of film - challenging for Shah Rukh because it's
a new level of performance for him, challenging for the entire
"At the end of the day we have done it with certain conviction,
passion and heart and we are very, very confident that the film
will connect on a human and emotional level. I don't know how
good business will be...I can't predict that...all I can say
is that the film is made with a lot of heart, integrity and
honesty," Karan said.