Published On: Fri, Apr 15th, 2016

Review : Fan (Shah Rukh Khan)

FanRelease date : Apr 15, 2016 Rating : 3/5

Director : Maneesh Sharma

Producer : Aditya Chopra

Music Director : Andrea Guerra, Vishal–Shekhar

Starring : Shah Rukh Khan

The King of Bollywood,SRK is back with an over-the-top Jekyll-and-Hyde dual titled Fan. The film is one of the most awaited films of 2016 and its interesting premise has been an internet sensation ever since the first look was revealed. The film has finally hit the screens after a long wait today. Let’s see how it fares.

Story :

Delhi based Gaurav (Shah Rukh Khan) is a die-hard fan of Aryan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan), whom he considers a God. Gaurav has a striking resemblance in terms of looks with his idol as well.

After winning a local contest, Gaurav embarks on a journey from Delhi to Mumbai to wish Aryan on his birthday and for a chance to personally meet him. When his plans go haywire after a rift with Aryan, Gaurav’s love towards him turns into a dangerous obsession that crosses the fine line between a fan and a stalker.

What happens next forms the crux of the story.

Plus Points :

One of the biggest asset of Fan is undoubtedly Shah Rukh Khan himself. Words can’t describe the way SRK steps out of his comfort zone to act in this dark and gritty thriller. Although he excels as Aryan Khanna, he takes acting to a whole new level with his performance as Gaurav.

This is just one more film for SRK to prove that he is truly the King of Bollywood in terms of acting. He makes acting look absolutely easy. The transformation of SRK as Gaurav with the aid of special effects is also realistic

The story receives a worthy mention as it is something unique that the Indian cinema has rarely seen before. The concept of a fan turning an enemy is engaging and many hardcore fans will be able to relate to it easily. The intermission and anti-climax episodes will cause goosebumps for sure.

The producers should be applauded for leaving behind all commercial aspects such as songs and a love story by purely focusing on the star and the story. Background score, especially during the second half is thrilling. The supporting cast have done an okay job.

Minus Points :

One of the negative points of Fan is that even though the story is interesting, the screenplay falters completely. Everything else that holds the film together, with the exception of SRK, fails to do so. The first half slugs in places. The promotions are also misleading, as Fan is a very dark film.

The second half, although thrilling for a while, seems surreal. Many cinematic liberties were taken and logic goes for a toss in a few places. The obsession shown is a little extreme and the idea of a normal, common man chasing a superstar around the world and sabotaging his career has not been shown convincingly.

The chase scenes, although choreographed well, are a tad too long and a little over-the-top as well. The climax is exhausting and the film ends on a dull note.

Technical Aspects :

Fan has impressive production values. The locations and the overall quality of the movie is superb. Dialogues are sub-par, although a few are worthy of a mention. Screenplay is lacklustre and could have been better. As already mentioned, background score by Andrea is fantastic.

Coming to the director Maneesh Sharma, after a streak of rom-coms, he should be appreciated for choosing a dark and unconventional film that surrounds a real-life superstar. He has succeeded to an extent, although his choice of screenplay and the way he handled a few key scenes could have been much better. If he had taken care of these problems, the film could have been even better.

Verdict :

Overall, Fan is a very gutsy project that has come out in the recent past. Although the film is not FANtastic, it is definitely a brave film and King of Bollywood, SRK nails it with his brilliant performance. All those who want to see Shahrukh Khan in a gritty new avatar, go ahead and do so but keep your expectations in check. Rating : 3/5

Reviewed by Sathvick