5 reasons you need to watch Shah Rukh Khan's 'Fan'

Published: April 19, 2016
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Fan is about Gaurav -- played by Shah Rukh -- who is obsessed with Aryan Khanna -- also played by Shah Rukh.

Fan is about Gaurav -- played by Shah Rukh -- who is obsessed with Aryan Khanna -- also played by Shah Rukh.

KARACHI: If you’re a Shah Rukh Khan fan, this piece isn’t meant for you because either you have watched the megastar’s latest venture already or have booked your tickets.

Recently, there was a lot of criticism following the release of Dilwale, all of which was primarily directed towards Shah Rukh, or, as he is fondly called, King Khan. Many said his career was over. Some were even ready to switch loyalties. Let’s just say it wasn’t the best time to be the biggest movie star in the world or his fan.

And then, he did what he does best: he made another movie. Titled Fan, the movie revolves around a young man named Gaurav — played by Shah Rukh Khan — who is obsessed with superstar Aryan Khanna — also played by Shah Rukh Khan.

Here are five reasons why you can’t afford to miss Fan:

1) Shah Rukh Khan

Although Shah Rukh has played double roles in the past, Fan is certainly an exception because Gaurav and Aryan aren’t twins separated at birth. Both the characters look alike but are not identical and that is where the movie’s greatest strength lies.

The fact that Gaurav doesn’t look identical to Aryan — the fictional character — and Shah Rukh — the real-life star — makes it easier for the audience to see him as a separate and independent character and gives authenticity to the plot.

Shah Rukh has nailed — NAILED — the walk, the talk, the mannerisms of a 20-something-year-old Delhi boy. Sure, the make-up and VFX have a lot to do with the way he looks but only an artist of his caliber could have pulled off the act with such aplomb.

2) Shah Rukh Khan

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In Fan, you get to see Shah Rukh in three forms not two. Let that thought sink in for a while and try to understand what that means. First, there’s Aryan Khanna. Although he shares many traits with the real life Shah Rukh, it still is a fictional character. There are sequences where you see glimpses of Shah Rukh in Aryan; for example the footage of Shah Rukh waving to crowds at his residence, Mannat, on his actual birthday.

But there are also scenes where you see Aryan helpless, sad and even depressed — private moments which Shah Rukh doesn’t share with the whole world. And then there are action scenes, which most likely belong on only film — such as sequences where he is jumping off buildings and riding a motorbike on the streets of Croatia.

So, in essence, Aryan is a mix of two characters — only loosely based on the real star. And then there’s Gaurav, who is nothing like Aryan or Shah Rukh. Three in the price of one. A real treat, don’t you think?

3) Shah Rukh Khan

There is not a single song in the movie. Even the immensely popular number, Jabra Fan, hasn’t been featured in the film. When was the last time you watched a Shah Rukh Khan movie that didn’t have him shaking a leg in the picturesque locales of Switzerland or some other exotic part of the world?

Never.

That’s right. Fan is Shah Rukh’s first film to not feature a dance or romantic number. That alone should be proof enough that he has not just reinvented himself as an actor, but this bold step by him to feature in an atypical Bollywood film will greatly encourage young actors and filmmakers to be experimental.

4) Shah Rukh Khan

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There’s a sequence in the film where Gaurav tries to mimick Aryan. Again, just let this thought sink in and try to imagine what this would be like.

Take your time. No rush.

Doesn’t matter though, because unless you’ve seen that scene, you can’t possibly imagine how unbelievably brilliant that is. Have you ever seen an actor mimick a fictional character based on his real-life persona? Sort of like a character-‘inception’. Good for you, if you have. If you haven’t, you must watch Fan.

5) Shah Rukh Khan

There’s no denying that every person is a fan of someone or something. Whether it’s a football player, a cricketer, a Hollywood celebrity on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook; everyone looks up to, admires or is inspired by someone. Ever wonder what kind of fan your favourite sportsperson or actor or musician would be?

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It’s hard to imagine a star to know what it feels like to queue for hours just to catch a glimpse of someone. Or how unforgettable it is to meet, get an autograph or a selfie with their favourite personality for just a moment.

Somehow, Shah Rukh knows. The expression on Gaurav’s face — when he sees Aryan for the first time ever in the flesh — is hard to explain. It’s an emotion that those of us, who have experienced meeting our favourite star, can relate to.

How can someone, who himself is a real-life star — perhaps one of the biggest in the world — get it right?

Somehow, Shah Rukh does. Because that is the kind of actor he is. So do yourself a favour, go watch Fan. Experience Bollywood like never before. Experience Shah Rukh Khan like never before.

May the King live on forever.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Hellboy
    Apr 19, 2016 - 1:03PM

    Bollywood stop copying Hollywood movies with copyright violation. Even King Khan started coping from Fan movie of Leonardo decaprio.without originality only in third world country one can survive as stardomRecommend

  • fact is fact
    Apr 19, 2016 - 1:16PM

    The article looked similar to what the movie had to cater me… “Leave in the middle and run !!”

    U can’t even watch (or read this article) for SRK.. he is just too old and man !!! the acting is no way near him now. Please avoid even if offered freeRecommend

  • Amjad
    Apr 19, 2016 - 1:34PM

    Movie has flopped in india. Recommend

  • Surprised
    Apr 19, 2016 - 2:40PM

    Genuinely surprised at what this author, and many like him, consider “brilliant.” This reminds me of the time when people have called various Pakistani films of dubious production and acting quality “brilliant.” I guess taste is very (very!!!) relative…Recommend

  • Gandhi Jinnah
    Apr 19, 2016 - 3:38PM

    I read another review and the reviewer suggested its readers to watch a fan on the ceiling than watch the movie fan, which is the appropriate review of 99.9% movies coming out of India, whether Hindi or other languages.Recommend

  • Khalid Farooq
    Apr 19, 2016 - 3:59PM

    Nice to see that Shah Rukh has made a movie based on Sahir Lodhi’s life :-)Recommend

  • pk
    Apr 19, 2016 - 4:39PM

    I am not a fan of shahrukh either but I liked this movie so much. I watched it thrice. One particular scene I liked when the superstar came out to see his fan. It was one of the most powerful scene I have seen recently. It still gives be goosebumps. Recommend

  • fjo
    Apr 19, 2016 - 5:46PM

    @Amjad:
    but not overseasRecommend

  • Apr 19, 2016 - 7:12PM

    I watched the film today. Shahrukh amazing. The role of a fan he was successful at 100%. In general, the film is very good. This is something new for me. The most emotional scene which pierced my soul scene on the roof. At this point, even the translation is not necessary .fiction. Voltage. Emotions. Shahrukh just super. I cry Until now, this final scene before my eyes. very touching..I’m excited about the film and from the Shah Rukh kHan ”FAN!” A very strong movie, I have goose bumps all the time running around! He has played as the translate is not necessary! I can not in themselves to come! I can not even properly express my feelings! But Shah … It is the genius .actor from God .He is for the film industry like Messi in world football … leaves no one indifferent … He proved that SRK is never too much. .. And all is far from HİM. And no Ranvier, Ranbir, Siddharth .and others.. Shah Rukh was is and will be the King of Bollywood. And this movie has proved that without it is incomplete and the Bollywood film world, too …. And it is the same Shah Rukh Khan, the greatest of actors, which in 25 years are encouraged us by making laugh and cry. And in Gaurava piece of all of uson an assessment of the critics i do not pay attention, the opinion is already there: when the tears have gone after the movie, for me, this is the highest score..Bollywood can create a lot of actors, but Shah Rukh Khan can create only GOD.I take my hat off to you..Maestro…thanks India
    ..you can be proud of your sonRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Apr 19, 2016 - 8:20PM

    I watched this movie. One American guy in 50’s was sitting next to us. After interval, he was not there. He left during interval.
    It is a so, so, regular hindi movie. Time pass, with some difficulty in-between.

    Bollywood movie without songs require a good storyline, acting, editing, script, dialogues, etc. None of which I could see in this movie. Recommend

  • Diamond
    Apr 20, 2016 - 3:13AM

    Most of the people are more excited about Raees.Recommend

  • rachel
    Apr 20, 2016 - 9:55AM

    one reason to watch fan and thats SRKRecommend

  • SHAHIDA
    Apr 20, 2016 - 5:51PM

    Lovely movie…a must watch…one of SRK’s best performances so far. Recommend

  • adeel
    Apr 20, 2016 - 10:45PM

    I think that
    this kind of role and film can only be done by that man
    and that man is shahrukh
    we see songs romance heroines and lots of masala in every film

    so give gap to your limited choices. go and enjoy the performance of life

    Srk your are the only one in bollywood for that kind of films
    no one even closer youRecommend

  • Greek God
    May 12, 2016 - 2:31AM

    The way SRK acted in the movie fan is something only he could do…!! Recommend

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