Reviews are in: Is 'Fan' SRK's best movie yet?

Published: April 15, 2016
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Bollywood celebs have taken to Twitter to wish SRK good luck.
PHOTO: HINDUSTANTIMES

Bollywood celebs have taken to Twitter to wish SRK good luck. PHOTO: HINDUSTANTIMES

One of the most-awaited films of the year has finally hit silver screens and critics can’t stop raving about superstar SRK’s endearing performance!

Fan had upped the excitement of all Shah Rukh Khan fans as it stars the ace actor in a double role. He is not only playing the fan, Gaurav, but is also acting as the star Aryan Khanna, in Maneesh Sharma’s film.

While many critics are drawing parallels between the obsession of Gaurav, Ajay Sharma (Baazigar) and Rahul (Darr), others believe the superstar has redeemed his stardom by taking the risk that many mainstream stars would never take.

Here’s what they have to say!

Pinkvilla

SRK wins it all in this gamble! He has won back his die-hard fans. Just with his sheer effort of making something that any mainstream superstar would never imagine risking, he has redeemed himself.

Fan is different for him. His dedication is hard to miss. As Gaurav, he is flawless. As the superstar Aryan Khanna, he is flawed. No matter what Gaurav does, you are compelled to believe he is faultless. It is not often that one of his King Khan’s characters overpower him in a film, but Gaurav does.

For the first hour of the film, director Maneesh keeps the story moving smoothly. But it eventually suffers from over-plotting and a grievous lack of logic. The film exhausts you eventually.

The plague of the second half does its best to mar the noble intentions behind the movie, but eventually SRK saves the day.

‘Fan’ trailer bound to give you the creeps

NDTV

A double dose of a Bollywood superstar intent on pushing himself into new zones as an actor makes for a passably watchable spectacle in Fan.

The film might, however, have yielded decidedly more than just superficial delights had the director not resorted to standard means to wrap up his tale of an obsessed movie fan run amok.

Also, for a song-less Hindi film, Fan needed to be much shorter than it is. At its nearly two-and-a-half-hour length, it overstays its welcome by at least 30 minutes.

Fan works for the most part because it has the fabulous SRK act as a ‘young’ star-struck boy. His energetic performance is worth the price of the ticket – if not more.

Ridiculous or adorable? Shah Rukh dances like a total weirdo in the ‘Fan Anthem’

Indian Express

Fan is a triumph. Shah Rukh Khan is played to all his strengths, and he plays it just right, gliding in and out of the star and the fan, creating distinct identities and outlines in one scene, and blurring the lines just so in the next.

There are a few contrivances which make you go hmm, and you can see the end coming too, before it does. But the rest of it is so good that you let it pass.

But this is an out-and-out Shah Rukh Khan show, in which the star proves again, after a too-long gap, that he can greenlight roles completely out of his comfort zone, and deliver. It is what’s called a command performance.

Hindustan Times 

Just when you thought Shah Rukh Khan is losing his edge, he makes a comeback. And how! Going back to his early acting days, where twisted characters gave him his big break, Bollywood’s king of romance still has what it takes to give you the creeps.

Though one of the better Shah Rukh Khan scripts in years, Fan is not devoid of loopholes, but it still makes for a thrilling watch.

Maneesh gives Khan a chance to be self-indulgent in a film that celebrates his Darr-Baazigar-Anjaam days. In a way, Sharma demands the superstar to surpass his previous hit roles. But Shah Rukh walks a tight rope, for he plays both an ageing superstar and a no-name nobody.

Though Fan is irrational at times, it keeps the adrenaline pumping all 143-minutes of the movie. Also, the idea of keeping it a song-less film works because that keeps the over dramatic tone from seeping in.

Logic may not be its strong point, but Shah Rukh most definitely is; he’s back in his elements after a long time.

SRK offers job to fan who made his own version of ‘Fan’ trailer

Even B-town’s celebs are starstruck.

While others can’t wait to watch!

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Blue Eyed
    Apr 16, 2016 - 6:23AM

    Uffffff,Im fed up with this SRK fever.And I wonder that why Pakistanis are so crazy for this man.Shahrukh Khan needs to retire now or to play roles according to his age (same goes for Salman Khan,Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar).He have to accept the fact that he cant remain young forever,despite of all the surgeries,make up,and digital effects he has undergone through.Although,Shahrukh Khan dominated the Indian film industry for almost 25 years,but I think that Salman Khan is in better shape than him at this age.Recommend

  • Laxmi Srivastava
    Apr 16, 2016 - 11:16AM

    SRK is the king of bollywood and will always be.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Apr 16, 2016 - 2:32PM

    *king khan shahrukh khan is the best in the world…..
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    Recommend

  • Apr 16, 2016 - 8:10PM

    LovlyRecommend

  • lugham
    Apr 17, 2016 - 3:00PM

    Haters gonna hate and still eager to comment; SRK is a versatile actor and age doesn’t confines him from playing all kinds of roles.He is the King Khan!Recommend

  • nasser
    Apr 17, 2016 - 4:26PM

    @Blue Eyed:
    Neot only akistanis but we Indians are also excited about SRK. Obviously you are also excited and impressed but mouthing anti SRK sentiments because MY NAME IS KHANRecommend

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