A review on Bollywood Action thriller feature length film, ‘Fan’ (2016). The Production House and its Distributor is Yash Raj Films.
- Directed by Maneesh Sharma
- Cinematography by Manu Anand
- Written by Girish Kohli Habib Faisal and Maneesh Sharma
- Edited by Namrata Rao
- Produced by Aditya Chopra
Fan’s original idea was conceived by Sharma in 2006 and recited the story to Chopra, who advised him against the challenging project for his directorial debut. In the same year, Yash Chopra read it to Khan, who expressed interest in being part of the project. The project was revived in late 2013, and was completed by November 2015.
The film was heavily marketed; after several delays, it was released internationally on 15 April 2016. Although it was huge box office success (overseas) and opened to positive reviews from critics, who praised Khan’s performance especially but criticized the editing and the loosely written script. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, Fan received the Filmfare Award for Best Special Effects.
Fan is a ‘Song-Less’ film; a soundtrack album consisting of a marketing song in different languages was composed by Vishal–Shekhar and the original score was done by Andrea Guerra.
+ Main Cast
- Shah Rukh Khan as Aryan Khanna / Gaurav Chandna
- Shriya Pilgaonkar as Neha
- Waluscha de Sousa as Bela Khanna
- Yogendra Tiku as Gaurav’s father
+ Supportive Cast
- Deepika Amin as Gaurav’s mother
- Sayani Gupta as Sunaina
- Amarjeet Singh as Show Host
- Taher Shabbir as Sid Kapoor
Gaurav Chandna, who is a very look-alike and obsessive fan of film star, Aryan Khanna. One day, he beats up a rival actor to appease Aryan, but is instead punished by his idol. Now being badly heartbroken, ‘Gaurav the fan’ plans on taking revenge.
+ High Points
i – Shahrukh Khan as Aryan Khanna / Gaurav Chandna. He was clearly committed to give ‘A’ graded performance and showed glimpse, signs of ‘Method Acting’ into his dual roles. To portray the character of Gaurav, any praises would fall short on playing an emotional filled, dynamic performance.
ii – The special effects and makeup department were able to convince the audience of his character’s mere difference in terms of facial and physique.
iii – Though there were still some loop holes in the story but yes, the first half is interesting enough to give a ‘Go’ and watch the film.
iv – This would surely be labelled as one of the daring films, Shahrukh Khan has done on big screen.
+ Low Points
i – The second half of the film is a huge disappointment. I mean, you would really say to yourself… ‘What happened? Why they made a more convincing film in the first half but an over the top film in the second’? In the second half, the film is filled with mindless action, thriller taken from crappy spy films and a disappointing end.
ii – It is one of those rare films where there is no protagonist’s love interest (lead) or song in a Bollywood film. It means, the BTS team would need a very different approach and a strategy to attract the audience to watch their film with great interest. But were they able to pull this off as ‘Promised’? ‘Hmm… nah’!
iii – There were numerous times where the film went off the track or filled with most illogical moments.
iv – Since there were no songs and the film were not really entertaining as Shahrukh Khan’s films are, which is why you would find yourself bored.
After watching hat-trick of Shahrukh Khan’s films released in a sequence, Fan is still much better film in terms of performance and entertainment.
Rate: 2.50 out of 5 stars