Obsessed with a movie star (Shah Rukh Khan) that looks just like him, Fan is a story of a man who then travels to Mumbai, India, to meet the actor. The movie a YRF project directed by Maneesh Sharma. Starring Shah Rukh Khan in the lead who plays the biggest fan of no one else but SRK The Superstar, the film is slated to relea...more
Obsessed with a movie star (Shah Rukh Khan) that looks just like him, Fan is a story of a man who then travels to Mumbai, India, to meet the actor. The movie a YRF project directed by Maneesh Sharma. Starring Shah Rukh Khan in the lead who plays the biggest fan of no one else but SRK The Superstar, the film is slated to release on April 15. less
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Fan has generated a lot of curiosity and interest in everyone thanks to the trailers that showed us a glimpse of the fan, a look alike of SRK aka Aryan Khanna.
The story is pretty straightforward. Gaurav Chandna,a middle class boy from Delhi is a huge fan of the superstar Aryan Khanna. That he looks a lot like him makes him identify himself even more with the star. He comes to Mumbai to meet his idol. However, he sees he is one of the teeming hordes and he realizes he may not be able to meet him. He gets an opportunity to catch Aryan’s attention when another young upcoming star and Aryan get into a minor fight. He assaults the young star and makes him issue an apology to Aryan which goes viral. Aryan disapproves and gets him sent to jail as a punishment. That is the turning point. Gaurav’s heart is broken and he resolves to make Aryan’s life miserable and get an apology from him at any cost. Will he? What happens next? I will ask you to watch the movie to find out.
The first half of the movie is absolutely wonderful as the persona of Gaurav Chandna as the obsessed fan slowly gets built up. He is sweet but crazy with no ambition but to meet his star. There are a couple of moments that will make you smile indulgently at his devotion and his love. The second half doesn’t live up totally to the promise set pre-interval. One, I could not understand why Aryan Khanna could not deal more gently with a young fan. This is the crucial point in the movie that propels the story forward and Aryan’s actions lack the logical rigor needed. Two, why does Aryan have to fight against Gaurav on his own when he can afford a lot of people to do the dirty work for him? Three, that he cannot explain to the Police or to the rich industrialist that there is an imposter also seems a bit weak. The two chases are inordinately long and though well executed tend to drag a bit.
The problem is that while Gaurav’s character is fully fleshed out, Aryan Khanna remains a cardboard, two dimensional character. We get just a token scene of him with his family and even his other interactions with his staff etc don’t show us the personal side of the man. Maneesh Sharma’s sympathies are obviously only with the fan and that weakens Aryan’s stance and skews the story.
However, the sheer force of emotion will carry you forward. SRK as both the star and the fan is a powerhouse. As Gaurav he is bubbly, cocky and sweet. As Aryan he is too controlled. Maybe he was trying hard to not let SRK overshadow Aryan and that constrains him a bit. But he holds you in his thrall through the movie. The others don’t have much to do. Waluscha as his wife has two scenes. Shriya Pilgaonkar as the girl next door is charming and Sayani Gupta plays his manager in a sensible no-nonsense manner. Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tiku as his parents add that much needed tone of normalcy to the movie.
Fan is a definite watch. The amazing make-up that transforms SRK into a young Gaurav, the high voltage emotion and SRK at his best deserve your attention. Go for it.