FANatic but Not FANtastic
Honestly, I am not a fan of the megastar but yes, his presence in a film makes me entropic. Phew!
“FAN” is a haphazard hamper mais non hazardous like the likes of “Happy New Year” of the hero. True to its cognomen, it fanatically shows the fandom of a fan, but it’s not a fantastic thriller as was suggested by the trailers.
Gaurav Chandna (Shah Rukh Khan) is an ordinary Joe from Delhi but his face isn’t so. He looks like Arayan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) but wants to live like, for and with him. Throughout his life he has collected things related to the star and imitating him is his hobby.
Once, he decides to fulfill his ‘mannat’ of meeting his god and visits his residence on his birthday.
Like the nowadays relation of a devotee and their god, Gaurav feels irritated and neglected in the crowd as he is not a V.I.P.
The chap does something eerie which doesn’t please the second party, and love turns into obsession and the worlds turn upside down.
What happens thereafter? I am not your jabra fan to tell.
FAN: Story, Screenplay and Direction
To start up, the story won’t appear real to many. They have exploited the cinematic liberties to a great extent.
The story talks about a dandy who is very obsessive about a film-star. There lies a difference between obsession and insanity. In a society, where I am criticised by umpteen people (relatives to a larger extent) for reviewing films (Beta, padai pe dhyaan do… Vehla… etc.), how come Gaurav’s parents find the fandom random? He is not shown being mocked by his peers for his passion.
In the second half, the fan is shown moving in the UK as easily as it is for any ordinary guy to bunk his school.
The screenplay by Habib Faisal, has many such loopholes. Also, they have shown Gaurav as a happy, sly cyber-café runner, why the hell does he then want to take on his idol? I won’t do it, Sunny Leoné or Lisa Ann, even if you ignore me like this.
Yes, Aryan Khanna’s characterisation is very good and the chase sequences, though executed logic defyingly, are nail-biting. They actually make you remember a CARTOON series.
Director Maneesh Sharma has kept the film very realistic till the interval point but, as soon as we have got again into the audi, we are served irrationality.
Dialogues by Habib Faisal, along with Sharat Katariya, are indeed good.
FAN: Stars’ Performances
Shah Rukh Khan is a veteran now. He has given two acidic performances but it was expected. He can do it easily. So now, he should give more importance to the selection of scripts and directors. He should keep an eye on his films while these are being filmed. The film could be the best thriller ever.
Shriya Pilgaonkar [Neha], Deepika Amin [Gaurav’s mother] and Yogendra Tiku [Gaurav’s father] are sober.
Waluscha De Sousa [as Bela, Aryan’s wife] doesn’t really impress.
Sayani Gupta is first-rate.
FAN: Music and Other Technical Aspects
There is no song in the film, but it’s not a really-needed and sane decision.
Cinematography by Manu Anand is lovely. When the film doesn’t impress on the writing part, it does so on the filming one.
The VFX are top notch and the action is vibrant (Pervez Sheikh).
Editing by Namarta Rao could’ve been sharper.
FAN: Sau Baat Ki Ek Baat
“FAN” is another disappointment by SRK but not as big as some recent other blind and ‘friendly’ selections.
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