Movie Review: fAN
Review By: Utpal S.Chaudhary
Bollywood Aaina Rating: 3/5 (THREE)
Banner: Yash Raj Films
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Star cast:Shah Rukh Khan, Waluscha De Sousa,Shriya Pilgaonkar, Sayani Gupta, Deepika Amin,
Music Director: Vishal Dadlani,Shekhar Ravjiani
Singer :Nakash Aziz
Lyrics: Varun Grover
Run Time: 142 Minutes
What’s good? : Shah Rukh Khan Acting.
What’s bad?: script, 2nd Half.
Watch or Not?: If you are a true SRK fan because after a long time he performs on-screen as an actor.
Bollywood Aaina Business Verdict: Averge
Gaurav Chandna (Shah Rukh Khan) claims himself to be junior Aryan Khanna (SRK) a Bollywood superstar. Is it just because he looks like him? Yes! Gaurav has all his life imitated Khanna at his local Inder Vihar competitions and been a winner. On the occasion of the superstar’s birthday, Gaurav decides to go to Mumbai and meet his God.
While millions of fans turn up at Aryan’s doorstep, Gaurav soon feels neglected. To grab Aryan’s attention and meet him, he gets into trouble. When his first meet with the superstar turns out ugly, Gaurav decides to teach the star a lesson.
His devotion turns into obsession and all hell breaks loose for Aryan.What will Gaurav’s harmful obsession do?
Shah Rukh Khan is back and how! We truly missed his ‘acting’ since long. His portrayal of the Delhi bred Gaurav is superb. The complete body language shift is commendable. He proves he is a great actor in the scenes where Gaurav is heart-broken and cries his heart out when he sees the true face of Aryan Khanna. Another scene where he excels is the one where Aryan imitated Gaurav, that’s a classic transformation.Deepika Amin (Gaurav’s Mother) does a good job. Yogendra Tiku (Gaurav’s Father) does not get much screen time. But as a doting father who packs his son’s bags, he is good.
Sayani Gupta plays Aryan’s manager and fits for her role perfectly.Newbies, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Waluscha De Sousa hardly leave an impact.
Direction / Music / Lyrics /Editing / Camera
Maneesh Sharma was often quoted saying Fan could be Shah Rukh’s best film. That could be counted true if only one keeps in mind, Shah Rukh’s act. He keeps this film afloat.Sharma’s camera captures the middle class, small town life well. The first twenty minutes give you a full Delhi flavor. His choice of locations of the capital is quite impressive.
Cinematography wins you over with the long shots of Dubrovnik and London. It is a breathtaking view and the entire chase sequence gives you much time to marvel this place than find logics as to why a Bollywood superstar is running helter skelter behind his fan.The first half is a little slow but important to suck you into this story. The real deal of the thriller is of course the second half which is pacy but weak on the script front.
Casting SRK in a film without songs and romance is a difficult task and Sharma takes up this brave move. Luckily SRK performs exceptionally well in spite of a poor script. So that still makes Fan a special film.
BOLLYWOOD AAINA VIEW
Shah Rukh Khan performs brilliantly in a film that is flawed conceptually. I am Give 3***.
Reviews By: Utpal S. Chaudhary