Coming to Abu Dhabi to attend a film premiere on February 10 are George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks - all wrapped up into one. Well, not really, but their collective equivalent in Bollywood mega-wattage is Shahrukh Khan, who is launching his new film My Name is Khan. In a career spanning 18 years, he has starred in 71 movies and won seven Filmfair awards - India's equivalent of the Oscar - for best actor.
Musician, criminal, army officer, circus performer, college teacher, gangster and Emperor Asoka, the 44-year-old Mr Khan is often considered the greatest actor of his generation. In My Name is Khan he plays a Muslim with Asperger's syndrome who emigrates from Mumbai to San Francisco and later encounters post-September 11 xenophobia. Ironically, the real Mr Khan was detained in an odd incident at Newark Airport at the completion of the film. Accompanying Mr Khan to the premiere is his co-star Kajol Devgan. For those unfamiliar with Indian cinema, think Julia Roberts.