In Bollywood our writers and directors have to speak twice in their narration. They have to build momentum for first half, then break it with an interval, and then reestablish it for second half. Clearly Maneesh Sharma is grappling with this interval culture since his first film. From “Band Baaja Baaraat” to “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl” to “Shuddh Desi Romance” to now “Fan”. Even though Band Baaja Baarat had lot of content going in its favor that salvaged the film from dipping, the next three films clearly tapered off.
FAN is Sharma’s weakest piece of work and its evident from ever since the second half plays on. The screenplay is down in dumps – some of the cinematic liberties are laughable to loudest degree. The drama between the Fan & star never reaches to a point where we can emotionally indulge into proceedings. The biggest disappointing element is that the film relies so heavily on the plot idea itself that it rests its second half entirely on it. What a shame!
The first half is fairly likeable. The energy of a middle class fanboy is affectionate and you end up liking his earnestness. But as soon the film turns grim it starts falling apart like a pack of cards.
The vfx used for the face is very good. The chase sequences are stylised but there’s no thrill whatsoever because there’s no emotion involved.
Shahrukh Khan really tries and his fanboy character strikes a terrific chord in first half but the writers clearly couldn’t monitor his energy throughout the film.
It’s a film that succumbs to second half syndrome like no other film. A colossal waste of idea!
Rating – 1.5/5Tags: Fan Maneesh Sharma Member Reviews Reviews Shah Rukh Khan