Khan: 'My Name' about love, not terrorism

Bollywood superstar plays up positive side of new film

MUMBAI -- Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan said his upcoming film "My Name Is Khan," which pairs him with co-star Kajol after an onscreen hiatus of eight years, does not have terrorism as its main theme and is mostly a love story.

"This film is first and foremost a love story. In fact this is one of the nicest love stories I have ever participated in -- and I have participated in some of the best love stories that have been made here," Khan told reporters on Wednesday night after the first look of the film was released.

Directed by Karan Johar, "My Name Is Khan" tells the story of an autistic man, Rizwan Khan, (played by Shah Rukh Khan), who is caught in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

Khan, co-star Kajol and Johar are teaming up after more than eight years, in what has been billed as one of the biggest releases to come out of Bollywood in a while.

The film is widely anticipated by fans of Khan and Kajol, whose great onscreen chemistry has helped deliver several hits in the past.

Fox Star Studios has signed a deal to finance and distribute the film, which unconfirmed media reports pegged at $21 million.

However, both Johar and Fox have refused to confirm the figure, which if true would be the highest ever for a Bollywood film.

"This film will be a step towards Indian cinema reaching worldwide," Khan said. India, home to the world's most prolific movie industry, has long tried to draw wider audiences, including by forging ventures with Hollywood studios looking to offset sluggish boxoffice sales with new markets and cheaper production costs.

"My Name Is Khan" releases worldwide on Feb. 12.