Let me start by making one thing very clear; if you are not a Shah Rukh Khan lover, then it will be best if you sit this one out. This movie caters only and only to someone who is a die-hard SRK fan or a ‘Jabra Fan’, as is being said these days.
I don’t think anyone really knew that the teaser we had been watching for months (way before the movie came out) was actually the opening credits of the film. Fan starts off strong. We get an insiders view into the life of Gaurav Chandana, our resident SRK lookalike, who is a typical Delhi boy. His love and obsession with his favorite superstar, Aryan Khanna come out in full force within the first few minutes of the film itself. So, the build up is good. I followed the story right up till when Gaurav travels to Mumbai to meet Aryan and wish him on his birthday.
Then, I just sort of lost the plot. How does a fan, even if it is an obsessive one, get a super star’s phone number so easily? How does he get away with impersonating said superstar for so long without anyone realizing? It’s a bit much, if you ask me.
The action sequences have been choreographed beautifully and you can see the effort that has been put into them. I also wish the same amount of effort would have gone into developing Aryan Khanna’s character. He comes across as just another arrogant star who is almost past his prime. He didn’t seem like a strong enough character. Gaurav, on the other hand, made me laugh and cry (okay, maybe not cry) and empathize with him. The scene where Gaurav stands outside Aryan’s house and sees his idol for the first time in real life and starts to almost cry; it called out to the fan in me. Aryan, on the other hand, did not connect with me that much.
Having that, you have to give credit where it is due and Shah Rukh Khan needs to be given all the credit for this one. The main is 50 years old and has very convincingly, managed to play a 25 year old and a 50 year old superstar in the same frame. Double roles have potential disaster written all over them, case in point, Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3, but with Fan, SRK proves yet again why he is called King Khan.
But like I said, if you’re not a hardcore SRK fan, then you can give it a miss for sure.
By NUPUR JAISINGHANI