'Fan' Review: Shah Rukh Khan Looks Superb; But Definitely Not His Best
What a tremendous return of an actor, whose career has been lately beleaguered by sub-standard scripts and mediocre directors.

Director: Maneesh Sharma
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Sayani Gupta, Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tikoo

What a tremendous return of an actor, whose career has been lately beleaguered by sub-standard scripts and mediocre directors. This time Shah Rukh is all set to kill it.

The film is based on a very complex star-fan relationships that develops into a ominous cat-and-mouse chase. And yes, Shah Rukh manages to give good grip to both the characters.

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50-year old Shah Rukh Khan’s fictional Bollywood character of Aryan Khanna and at the same time his role as Gaurav, he is in full command of both the characters. He gives both Aryan and Gaurav ample room to grow, grow apart and then clash in ways that shows what skilful scripting can do to a superstar’s yearning to excel.

It would seem that the role of Aryan Khanna is relatively easier for Shah Rukh than playing the obsessive fan. However, playing the star is actually a far tougher task and the star incorporates elements from his real life into the on-screen persona.

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Aryan Khan comes across as a very humane icon, there are bouts of charm and fits of rage going hand-in-hand here. While the character of the fan Gaurav Chanana, the prosthetics go a long way in creating a character who is so believable and yet so distinguished Aryan Khanna that it’s almost like two different actors playing the two roles. Gaurav Chanana’s roles takes us on a rollercoaster ride across a plot which is propelled by pungency.

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Director Maneesh Sharma’s direction is fabulous, while writer Habib Faisal seems to tap into the fan’s inner-most adulation for the star. There is more angst than sweetness in the relationship. In scene after scene, even when the angry fan gets down to ‘create a scene’, Faisal conceptualises the turbulent conflict between the idolised and the idoliser.

Towards the end, the plot begins to fall apart. Which, in a way, is what is only to be expected. Doom, you see, a pre-condition in a relationship between unequals.

What “Fan” ultimately says about the star’s equation with his admirers is that tragedy awaits any attempt to break the barrier that divides the heroes from their followers. Every star who thinks he and she must mingle with the fans and “belong” with them must see this film.

(With Inputs From Agencies)