Which is Shah Rukh Khan’s best film? The debate that continues to roil the actor’s fans has spilt over into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the web series Ms. Marvel, lead character Kamala Khan asks Kamran, a new student at her school, if he watches Hindi films. “Only the greats like Baazigar”, Kamran replies. The 1993 thriller, starring Shah Rukh Khan as a vendetta seeker, trumps the romance Dilwale Dulaniya Le Jaayenge, Kamala argues. Actually, “There is no such thing as a bad Shah Rukh Khan movie,” she declares.
Ms. Marvel is the origin story of Kamala Khan, the first Muslim superhero to feature in her own comic. Pakistani-Canadian actor Imal Vellani brilliantly plays Kamala, a dorky teenager and Avengers fangirl who gains cosmic powers after wearing a bracelet that belonged to her grandmother.
Ms. Marvel has been created by Bisha K Ali. The directing team is led by Belgian-Moroccan filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and includes Meera Menon and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Two episodes of the weekly show have been streamed on Disney+ Hotstar. Ms. Marvel has garneted attention for its representation of Pakistan-Americans and its non-stereotypical depiction of observant Muslims. The series has several Indian elements too.
One of them isn’t the heroine’s name, pronounced “Kamaal-aa” in…