Unleashing the Untold: A Journey into the Enigmatic World of Secrets
In a world where we idolize sports stars, pop singers, and movie heartthrobs, it’s easy to forget that it’s the FANS who make them into superstars and megastars. Every fan has their own unique and personal connection with their hero. It’s like a love story in its own way.
“FAN” tells the tale of Gaurav (played by Shah Rukh Khan), a young guy in his twenties whose entire universe revolves around the larger-than-life movie star, Aryan Khanna (also played by Shah Rukh Khan). Gaurav sees Aryan as his God, his ultimate idol.
Hailing from the streets of Delhi, Gaurav embarks on a thrilling journey to the city of dreams, Mumbai, with a single mission: to personally wish his God a happy birthday. After all, he’s Aryan’s biggest fan, and to top it off, he bears an uncanny resemblance to his idol. How hard can it be for the world’s biggest fan to meet the world’s biggest star?
But when things don’t go as planned, Gaurav’s love and passion for his idol take a dangerous turn, crossing the line into obsession.
In this gripping and suspenseful thriller, “FAN” delves deep into the personalities and characters of both Gaurav and Aryan. As the story unfolds, we witness the emergence of unknown facets within these two men. It leaves us questioning who to sympathize with and whose side to choose. After all, superstars may be larger than life, but they’re also human beings. And each one of us can relate to being a fan.
- Shah Rukh Khan in a dual role as
Aryan Khanna (Bollywood superstar), the main protagonist
Gaurav Chandna (Fan turned enemy of Aryan), the main antagonist
- Sayani Gupta as Sunaina (Aryan’s manager)
- Shriya Pilgaonkar as Neha Singh (Gaurav’s crush)
- Waluscha De Sousa as Bella Khanna (Aryan’s wife)
- Yogendra Tikku as Mr. Chandna (Gaurav’s father)
- Deepika Amin as Mrs. Chandna (Gaurav’s mother)
- Taher Shabbir as Sid Kapoor (an actor)
- Parveen Kaur as Aunty (Train passenger)
- Megha Gupta as Payal
- Amarjeet Singh as a Show Host
- Shikha Malhotra as TV News Anchor
- Mohit Bagri as Dhruv Khanna (Aryan & Bella’s son)
- Namit as Mr. Bhutiani
- Bianca Colaco as Ishaa Khanna (Aryan & Bella’s daughter)
- Indraneel Bhattacharya as Akhtar (Aryan’s lawyer)
- Our fans want us to be happy and if that means being married or having a girlfriend, they are okay with that. Of course, in this industry it is a bit harder to have normal relationships, but it is possible.– A. J. McLean
- All I can do is leave it in God’s hands and hope that my fans feel where I’m coming from.– Aaliyah
- I enjoy thelove I receive from my fans and my audience. But I think I know what is realfor me and what is not.– Aamir Khan
- I listen to all kinds of music, but I’ve always been a really big fan of Top 40 radio. If I’m in my car, that’s what I listen to.– Aaron Tveit
- I’m a fan of Bradley Cooper’s.– Abbie Cornish
There’s this thing called the “Curse of the second half” – it’s when a movie starts off incredibly in the first half, building up your expectations to the highest level, only to disappoint you with a terrible second half after the intermission. This happens more often in Bollywood than in Hollywood because those guys in Bollywood don’t even have intermissions in their long movies. Fan, Shah Rukh Khan’s latest attempt at a blockbuster, unfortunately falls victim to the curse of the second half syndrome.
The film begins with a montage of SRK’s past achievements, like scenes from his films, awards he’s won, and interviews he’s given. SRK plays Aryan Khanna, an aging superstar whose career is on the decline, but still has enough die-hard fans to cause a mini-stampede outside his home (they show the exterior of his house called Mannat). So basically, Aryan Khanna is SRK himself. Gaurav Chandna, a fan from Delhi (SRK again, but with prosthetics), is his look-alike and considers himself to be Gaurav’s biggest fan. He even imitates him to win the “Kaloney wala competition” every year.
Encouraged by his parents (played by Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tiku, both absolutely adorable), Gaurav travels to Mumbai without a ticket to meet Aryan, stays at the same motel where the superstar once stayed during his struggling days, and asks for just 5 minutes of his time. He does get the opportunity, but this meeting with Aryan leaves Gaurav completely disillusioned and angry. It’s a really interesting scene that completely changes the direction of the film, and director Maneesh Sharma does an excellent job with it. And then, it’s time for the interval.
After the interval, Gaurav goes to London, causes chaos at Madame Tussauds, and gets Aryan (who’s shooting in the city) arrested for his actions. Moreover, Gaurav manages to infiltrate a wedding ceremony where Aryan is performing and humiliates him in front of everyone. It’s at this point that things start to feel fake and unreal. While in India, no one mistakes Gaurav for Aryan, but as soon as he lands abroad, everyone assumes he’s the superstar. How is that even possible? And Gaurav seems to know every little detail of Aryan’s schedule, which is highly unlikely!
These exaggerated cinematic liberties take away the grit and realism of the second half. Admittedly, the two chase sequences are well choreographed, and Aryan’s advice to Gaurav in the intense climax emphasizes the important point that a superstar should only serve as an inspiration for hard work and not as a blind obsession. After all, stars are just ordinary humans like us. In fact, Aryan Khanna’s character is made more relatable throughout the film, like when he deals with a rude foreign cop or gets scolded by a wealthy businessman for being late to a performance.
Performance-wise, the film belongs to SRK, and he makes both Gaurav and Aryan memorable characters. In a refreshing departure from his recent repetitive roles, SRK actually “acts” in this film after a long time. There are no grand gestures of love or silly banter that borders on overacting. Fan definitely ranks among SRK’s better performances in recent years, although it doesn’t quite reach the level he set with films like “Baazigar” (1993), “Darr” (1993), “Swades” (2004), or “Chak De India” (2007).
Among the supporting cast, only Shriya Pilgaonkar leaves a lasting impression in her small role. There are no songs in the film, not even the popular “Jabraa Fan” number. The editing by Namrata Rao could have been tighter in the second half, and the screenplay by Habib Faisal feels weak.
All in all, Fan is an average film, but SRK’s performance elevates it above the ordinary. His fans will definitely be pleased, and even those who aren’t die-hard fans won’t mind watching it.
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