Director: Maneesh Sharma
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Waluscha de Sousa, Sayani Gupta, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Deepika Amin, Yogendra Tikoo
What happens when you wake up so early on the Saturday morning [when you must rather be sleeping after five working days] and you go to watch second day first show of much-awaited Shah Rukh Khan’s FAN? What happens when you actually take time out from your extremely busy life [yeah, I do keep really busy not doing nothing!] only to watch FAN again? And most importantly, what happens…phew… when you actually convince your dear friend to show you FAN as her birthday treat?!
You feel being the biggest buffoon, dumbest person on the planet earth! You start to miss your mom! And not to mention, you are treated really healthy by your friend when you make her too wake up so early on the weekend’s morning for a movie like this.
Anyway, this wasn’t my fault! I had a lot of expectations out of my most favourite actor’s recently released flick. Yeah, since the day I watched its teaser on youtube, I was like dying to take a shot on this thriller. But, after a couple of months I am really disappointed [I mean really disappointed].
I was reminded of Bang Bang when I literally felt like banging head into my sister’s shoulder. This time I didn’t feel like doing it; I did bang my head into my humble friend’s shoulder (it was my return treat to her).
The movie though started on a brighter note with Gaurav Chanana (Shah Rukh Khan) telling [rather showing] the audience how much he loves Aryan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan, again). It continues to entertain you, thrill you, and enthral you throughout the first half. It is only in the second half when the movie becomes insufferable and even comical to the reasonable minds. [Please note that this is why I still give the movie three out of five rating—as if my rating makes any difference to SRK aka AK…baah!!]
Nooo… I am not going to talk of the story. I promised you this many weeks ago in my previous movie review! I am here to share the experience that you may go through if you go and watch FAN [your hard-earned money should be wasted intelligently, isn’t it?!]
So to begin… The movie is definitely at least a one-time watch, especially for the die-hard (if not dreadfully crazy) fans. You will like the movie for its ultimate, grasping performance by the King himself which is the only USP of the movie. He is mind-blowing especially as the uncommon fan Gaurav Chanana who has grown up eating, praying, loving one and only Aryan Khanna, the superstar. The prosthetics make the fifty year old SRK look realistically young, but it is his never faulting energy that keeps the He-Man going, running (chasing rather), fighting, dancing, delivering his best-est both as the fan and the star.
SRK proves his mantle as a young obsessive fan, who is madly in love with AK with his simpleton expressions and Delhi-da-munda body language. To me he falters at the Punjabi accent—no matter how much SRK tries to sound Punjabi, his real life King-Sized glory seems to overshadow the common man’s vocal chords which is a down point. As Aryan Khanna he is most often himself, which could be comparatively easier to be.
The director Maneesh Sharma has taken each and every detail into consideration while rolling through the middle class family of three—dad, mom, and son—who is out-and-out devoted to Aryan Khanna. He captures the bylanes of the Inder Vihar in Delhi and the room number 205 in Mumbai beautifully. The Cinematographer Manu Anand has done an attractive job while framing orange rooftops of Dubrovnik and the white rooftops of Inder Vihar.
Both Waluscha de Sousa, who has acted Aryan Khan’s wife, and Shriya Pilgaonkar, who leads opposite Gaurav, make their presence noticed for a while, but you may not remember them for too long. Only Sayani Gupta amongst the new actors successfully manages to make the best of the offered opportunity to work with the King Khan [from the epiglottis]. She is a thoroughly convincing assistant who keeps utterly bothered for her employer’s well-being. I loved her short noodle hair and professional wardrobe too!
Another couple who performs terrific is certainly Mr Chanana (Yogendra Tikoo) and Mrs Chanana (Deepika Amin). They are middle class parents who end up misleading their son—Gaurav’s mother eventually realises that they should have taught Gaurav to focus on Aryan Khanna’s diligence than to encourage him in focusing only on the established star’s merited stardom.
Maneesh Sharma’s FAN is an entertainer until it takes the evil turn and the cameraman shifts his shots from Delhi and Mumbai to Croatia. It is only in the second half when you start to feel helpless, hopeless. An eminent actor taking the charge of the stalking fan himself without his crew or the Police helping him (Aryan Khanna chases the rogue fan in the local Dusshera mela and none recognises him!); a Diplomat apologising the Bollywood actor; the eminent actor, who otherwise has a huge ego, pathetically telling the wealthy host, “Mr Bhutiani, I will make it up to you,” for reaching late at the wedding dance; and Aryan Khanna’s wife not recognising her husband and father of two teenage children (I mean, couldn’t the wife tell if it’s her husband or not only by feeling him, even if at camera—lady, you could notice his cheekbones, at the least!). Nothing of these make ANY SENSE AT ALL!
However, the last ten minutes are where the movie surprisingly renders the core message and leaves an impact; where the SRK launches himself back as real-time star who could be as fragile and human as any other being.
Music and the background score by Vishal Shekhar and Andrew Guerra are fantastic despite the fact it seemed to be inspired by Hollywood. The movie has no songs; only the Jabra FAN anthem that is been recorded in laguages from Hindi to Bhojpuri is so much fellow like—watch it here and enjoy being the dedicated fan of any of your favourite actor. SRK’s body language is so Jabra, so sode-sode-ki-bottle like!
Watching the making of the song is gonna make you euphoric!
Finally, even if you come out of the theatre complaining about the mindless flaws in the movie, you will definitely not miss liking the innovative FAN logo that contains the pictures of real fans of Shah Rukh Khan!