My Name Is Khan, which is commonly referred to as MNIK, is a 2010 Indian drama film directed by Karan Johar, written by Shibani Bathija and starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. Produced by Hiroo Johar, Gauri Khan and Shahrukh Khan, the film was jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment at a budget of 38 crore (US$6.5 million). My Name Is Khan's distribution rights were bought by Fox Star Entertainment for a sum of 100 crore (US$17 million), making it the most expensive Bollywood film of 2010 and also the highest-value buy over for any Indian film, surpassing the previous record of 90 crore (US$15 million) set by Ghajini.
Before its release, the film generated a great deal of publicity for three main reasons: first, the many political controversies surrounding the film and its lead actor; second, Khan's presence in the film (he was last seen in a leading actor role in December 2008, when Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was released); and third, the reunion of the "golden pair" of Khan and Kajol, who last appeared together in the film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001.
My Name Is Khan debuted in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 10 February 2010. It premiered globally in cinemas on 12 February 2010. It was also screened as part of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival's official selection the same month.
On its release, the film broke many box office records. My Name Is Khan was the highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas at the time. Within four weeks, the film crossed the 70 crore (US$12 million) mark in India and became the first film of 2010 to do so and is the highest grossing film released in February. In the overseas markets, the film grossed US$23 million(103 crore). My Name Is Khan is currently the 10th highest grossing Bollywood film with a worldwide gross of 200 crore (US$34 million). The film was released on DVD in India on 28 April 2010. Blu-ray in India, plus a DVD release worldwide followed on 10 August 2010.