FAN is the story of Gaurav (Shah Rukh Khan) a young man, 20 something, whose world revolves around the mega movie star Aryan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) or God as he refers to him. From the by lanes of Delhi, young Gaurav embarks on a journey to the city of dreams, Mumbai, in order to wish his God on his birthday. After all, he is Aryan’s biggest FAN and even has a striking resemblance to him – how difficult could it be for the world biggest FAN to get an audience with the world’s biggest Star. When things don’t go according to plan, Gaurav’s love and passion for his God turns in to a dangerous obsession that crosses the fine line. In an edge of the seat thriller, FAN will peel away at both Gaurav and Aryan’s personalities and characters as the two men discover people within themselves that even they didn’t know existed, and we’re left wondering who to sympathize with and whom to root for – can we really pick a side, after all, Superstars are also human beings but each one of us is also a FAN.
There are some scenes which are good like the scene where Gaurav is outside Aryan’s house the first time with his trophy or the scene where Gaurav burns all of Aryan’s pictures or the scene where Gaurav holds Aryan’s wife hostage and breaks all of Aryan’s awards.
The first half is ok and the fan going to meet the star part is similar to the Murabba story directed by Anurag Kashyap from Bombay Talkies but then the movie starts to fall apart and becomes ridiculous with all the implausible things going on. The movie is still engrossing and it doesn’t bore but all the implausible things don’t let you take the movie seriously. A middle class Delhi boy Gaurav sells his Cybercafe and he is suddenly in London and elsewhere ala Hrithik Roshan from Dhoom with him able to get anywhere or do anything. And then you have the superstar Aryan Khanna himself chasing Gaurav through the streets.
There is no real sense to Gaurav being a lookalike but then a little different too with the different nose, teeth and cheeks. After all the vfx to make Gaurav look different he suddenly starts getting away with being Aryan and that too at close range in the second half. It is completely incredulous that people would confuse Gaurav to be Aryan when he has a completely different nose, teeth and cheeks. The movie could have been better with two different actors playing the star and the obsessed fan instead of a double role. Shah Rukh could have played just one of those roles.
Shah Rukh Khan is very good as Gaurav for the most part but in some scenes his acting is bad and he does go overboard. In some scenes his acting reminds one of Sunil from KHKN and in some scenes his acting reminds one of Rahul from Darr. Shah Rukh Khan is very good as Aryan. Its like he is almost playing himself with the things that happened to him in real life. Aryan getting arrested part is similar to his getting stuck with US immigration and there is a slapping incident just like the Shirish Kunder slapping incident. He has a boy and a girl just like in real life. Shriya Pilgaonkar who plays Gaurav’s love interest is cute and acts well. Deepika Amin who plays the mother and the actor who plays the father are good too. Walusca De Sousa is good as Aryan’s wife.
The Vfx are good for the most part but there are some scenes where Gaurav’s face looks a little different than in the rest of the movie. The Vfx during the chase sequence are very good. Cinematography by Manu Anand is very good. Screenplay by Habib Faisal is good till Gaurav reaches Bombay but once he meets the rival star all logic and common sense goes out of the movie. Dialogues by Habib Faisal and Sharat Katariya are good.
Maneesh Sharma’s direction is good except for all the implausible scenes. Its commendable that the movie does not have any songs and it avoids songs even when it has an excuse for songs like when Aryan is dancing at a marriage function. There are many scenes which are from other SRK movies like the chase sequence from Darr or the falling from building scene from Baazigar and so on. With Shah Rukh Khan playing the double role the movie feels more like a exercise in vanity and narcissism rather than any serious movie about obsessive fandom. The movie is strictly mediocre or average at best.Tags: Fan Maneesh Sharma Member Reviews Reviews Shah Rukh Khan