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'Fan': Shah Rukh Khan's best in years (Full Movie Review)

Director: Maneesh Sharma; Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Sayani Gupta , Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tikoo; Rating: **** (4/5)



What a triumphant return to form for an actor whose career has been lately beleaguered by sub-standard scripts and mediocre directors.

This time Shah Rukh is in the mood to kill and we don't mean that just as a metaphor. As this far-from-frothy take on the very complex star-fan relationships develops into a ominous cat-and-mouse chase, Shah Rukh grips both the characters-yes, for those who came in late he plays both the star and the fan-in a firm grasp that makes us simply gasp.

Shah Rukh is in full command of both the characters. He gives both Aryan and Gaurav ample room to grow, grow apart and then clash in ways that shows what skilful scripting can do to a superstar's yearning to excel.

Outwardly playing Aryan Khanna, the superstar , would seem relatively easier for Shah Rukh than playing the obsessive fan. But playing the star is actually a far tougher task. Shah Rukh incorporates elements from his real life into the on-screen persona. Aryan Khan comes across as a very humane icon, there are bouts of charm and fits of rage going hand-in-hand here. He makes no attempts to deify himself. That's what gives the narrative its muscle and lubrication.

As for the fan Gaurav Chanana, the prosthetics go a long way in creating a character who is so believable and yet so distinguished Aryan Khanna that it's almost like two different actors playing the two roles. The voice, the body language and the complete character transformation, we've seen Shah Rukh do it in "My Name Is Khan" and "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi."

From the sunny to the sinister, Shah Rukh's Gaurav Chanana takes us on a rollercoaster ride across a plot which is propelled by pungency. The superstar gets some valuable support from co-actors like Sayani Gupta, Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tikoo whose presence is skillfully woven into the darkly disarming drama of a duel between the dapper star and his distressed disingenuous doppelganger.

Writer Habib Faisal seems to tap into the fan's inner-most adulation for the star. There is more angst than sweetness in the relationship. In scene after scene, even when the angry fan gets down to 'create a scene', Faisal conceptualizes the turbulent conflict between the idolized and the idoliser, with a keen eye on keeping the drama on a tight leash.

For a large part of the narrative the energy and mood are bridled and broken down to an acceptable and credible level. The director films the duel of deception in bright colours that flatter to deceive. The bonhomie wears thin soon enough. When it does, the narrative is ready to shift gears with brisk adeptness.

A lot of the credit for bringing the two protagonists' irreconcilable lives into a karmic clasp goes to editor Namrata Rao. She breathes an urgency into the proceedings without knocking the drama senseless . Towards the end, the plot begins to fall apart.

Which, in a way, is what is only to be expected. Doom, you see, a pre-condition in a relationship between unequals.

What "Fan" ultimately says about the star's equation with his admirers is that tragedy awaits any attempt to break the barrier that divides the heroes from their followers. Every star who thinks he and she must mingle with the fans and "belong" with them must see this film.



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 Review: What keeps Fan going is SRK's star power!

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Solely as a script, Fan is an underwritten, messy construction of unrealistic proportions. But when viewed as a jugalbandi between Shah Rukh Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, the experience is unique and rewarding, feels Sukanya Verma.

Every star's greatest fear is a fan. If he ceases to exist, so does he. An actor takes satisfaction in applause but a superstar craves adulation.

Early on in the 1990s, when Shah Rukh Khan hit the big league and acquired a formidable fan following, he acknowledged what terrifies every major celebrity but few admit to, in Simi Garewal's Rendezvous.

"Philosophically, I think many times this is not permanent. This is a phase in my life. There'll be another phase. I could very confidentially say that if this success was taken away, I'd take it very well."

"Realistically, I'd be shattered. It's very nice to be loved by people. Honestly speaking, every little bit of attention that I get, I find it a little less. I want more. I love the fact that people clap when my shoes enter the frame."

In Maneesh Sharma's Fan, he plays one such furiously cheering member of the audience as well as confronts his worst nightmare of fading fame and shrinking support to satisfaction.

The superstar here is not really SRK (not in the absence of a single cigarette, he can't be), he's Aryan Khanna, fictional in the vein of Billu's Sahir Khan but relies on the original's accomplishments for authenticity and creating evocative, surreal imagery.

On the other hand, his fan, again played by SRK sporting prosthetics that could do with better consistency, has not only imbibed his physicality but also internalised the luminary's persona just till the point it looks deliberately affected and derived.

Solely as a script, Fan is an underwritten, messy construction of unrealistic proportions. But when viewed as a jugalbandi between Shah Rukh Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, the experience is unique and rewarding.

Sharma kicks off on a fairly predictable terrain of starry-eyed worship but lends it freshness by way of ambiance.

Gaurav Chandna, a middle-class Delhi bloke -- presumably in his mid-30s, Punjabi twang et al, is an ardent Aryan Khanna bhakt running a cyber cafe buried inside a typical DDA market and enjoys the unquestioned support of his parents (a solid Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tiku, easily one of the most credible on-screen papas post - Queen and Neerja).

Gaurav is a familiar face in his neighbourhood, a big hit at the local Super Sitara competition, where he mimics his hero to perfection and basks in the deception of momentarily assumed identity.

When SRK the fan' dances against a giant montage of SRK the star' recreating the iconic moves, it's a moment that articulates more than words. Exactly why when the fan scrapes off the star's umpteen photos off his wall and burns them into a glowing pile pledging disturbing consequences, the upshot has desired effect. That's the beauty of Fan; it's rich on visual metaphors.

What's flimsy is the motivation for his intense albeit innocent ardour to descend into vicious onslaught.

Unlike Hollywood's The Fan or producer Yash Raj Films' previous Darr, films it brings to mind, which explained its protagonist's demented dedication to mental instability, Gaurav is portrayed in an amiable light.

He could be the eager-to-please Sunil of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa unable to propose to the girl-next-door (a charming Shriya Pilgaonkar) until Sharma rudely activates his nasty impulses around ageing Aryan's young, upcoming rival (loosely reminiscent of SRK's real-life scrap with director Shirish Kunder.)

I wasn't convinced about Gaurav's sudden hostility, his aversion to reason or the ill written cell sequence the events lead to. It could be a telling first encounter between a fan's setback after he learns the object of his adoration is nothing as he imagined and a star's realisation of what's a boon is also a burden.

What comes through is an ineffective sparring of antagonised pride and standoffish admonition.

At the same it's nice to see SRK take abundant jabs on the scrupulous superstar front, be it the prevailing insecurity or obsequious behavior towards the moneyed, the whims around his entourage, the irritation at surly foreign officers oblivious to his popularity.

When he fiercely demeans his own wax statue at London's Madam Tussauds, an actor synonymous with arrogance, the irony is not lost. Nor is the artful glance of a waxed Salman's amused figure witnessing the mockery in the same gallery. It's a nice touch and yet another proof of Manu Anand's camerawork working its own parallel narrative.

If only the script was as invested at making sense, Fan would truly fly. Instead, the disturbing nonchalance of cops or Gaurav's international spread and smooth access to movie units and private parties renders it far-fetched.

Considering, spoiler alert, Aryan knows of his imposter's identity and whereabouts from the beginning, it's ridiculous he'd allow so much damage to his career and image.

Sadly, Fan is happier building itself on wobbly grounds to unleash dramatic confusion and high-speed chases in exotic Croatia or dusty Delhi.

The prolonged action gets bloody and exhausting towards the end. And so when SRK's character suggests "Chal khatam kar khel, ho gaya tamasha," to the other SRK character, you see the point.

Though designed like a thriller that doesn't shy from calculated risks, Sharma substitutes the genre's punch to squeeze in the proverbial silver screen idol's sanctimonious appeal to his followers.

Despite its squandered possibilities, Fan is always engaging.

What keeps this Fan going is SRK's star power. The actor treads a delicate space in playing his own biggest supporter but also of the community he represents.

He's careful in his zeal, ensuring real-time fans don't feel as though he's mocking their affection just as he's responsible in his response to such swaying attention.

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http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/review-what-keeps-fan-going-is-srks-star-power/20160415.htm



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