'Fan' - Movie Review

U/A; Drama-thriller
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Waluscha De Sousa, Shriya Pilgaonkar
Rating: 4/5

'Fan' - Movie Review
'Fan' poster. Pic/Santa Banta

This movie is not just about a Shah Rukh Khan fan. It is also for a lot of his fans, who have been pining to see him the way he is in this film. After a considerable gap, the real SRK is back with a fabulous combination of two roles; one playing a young, ebullient fan reminiscent of his vulnerable younger days and the other playing the superstar that he's today, with the charisma and power of his personality all intact. The make up done by the make-up wizard Greg Cannom adds to the impact.

Right from the beginning of this thriller, which undoubtedly boasts of one, oops, two of his best performances, it is evident why Shah Rukh Khan is needed for a film of this sort, and why only someone in his position and with his caliber could do it too.

Gaurav Chandna (Shah Rukh Khan) is a Delhi boy, who runs a cyber café in the city, has grown up on the superstar Aryan Khanna's (SRK) films and considers himself his biggest fan. The first half tells us how ordinary Gaurav's life is, even though he resembles the superstar of the country. Maneesh Sharma has by now shown us through his earlier films like 'Band Baaja Baaraat' that he's a deft hand while portraying the everyday realities of residents of the bylanes of Dilli. Yet again he succeeds in painting a delightful and realistic picture of Gaurav's mundane yet amusing life as he goes about manning his cafe and winning awards for being the best Aryan Khanna duplicate in the area. It is all good till Gaurav decides to take his obsession a little too far and aspires to meet his idol. His passion takes an ugly turn when he encounters the man he revered in a not-so-flattering circumstance.

The first half which chronicles Gaurav's growing obsession for Aryan is handled tactfully and charmingly by Maneesh Sharma. The second half, however, peters down largely thanks to the confused script, which kind of loses its logic somewhere even before it reaches the interval point. The script (written by Sharma) and screenplay (by Habib Faisal) do show streaks of intelligence and originality like the one scene where a stinking rich NRI berating the supposedly powerful Aryan Khanna for being late to dance at his daughter's wedding. Kudos to the superstar for daring to take a dig at himself. But the script also throws up quite a few inconsistencies and impossible-to-believe sequences. If Gaurav can so easily fool the world, what is Aryan's clout we are talking about? If Gaurav can easily impersonate Aryan, why does he go unrecognised otherwise? But then all's soon forgiven when you are kept enthralled by the thrilling chase sequences and that unexpected climax.

The women in the film (Waluscha De Sousa, who plays Aryan's wife, and Shriya Pilgaonkar, who plays Gaurav's love interest) don't have much to do. Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tiku as Gaurav's parents are impressive.

Watch this one. Twice, if you are a SRK fan.

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