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Review By : Release Date : Apr 15,2016 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 22 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Aditya Chopra Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Waluscha De Sousa Direction: Maneesh Sharma Screenplay: Maneesh Sharma Story: Maneesh Sharma Music: Vishal- Shekhar Background score: Andrea Guerra Cinematography: Manu Anand Editing: Namrata Rao

With crazy fan obsessions being the talk of the town these days, Fan is a much needed revelation for this generation. Shahrukh Khan’s double dhamaka offers the story a plethora of opportunities to rethink about this crazy fanaticism that plagues that life of many youths in the society now.

This story that runs on two lines is the realistic face of the society. Playing Aryan Khanna and Gaurav, SRK has once again proved his mettle as the King of Bollywood. His screen presence is smashing and an inside look into his personal life offers as the option to look at things from his shoes.

Acting is a profession and not a philanthropism - this message is put in subtly with a racy screenplay that often makes us sit at the edge of our seats. Making a bold attempt on working with a script that has no songs, SRK leaves little space for the other cast to take the steering wheel. The crazy fan obsession that takes over reality these days is explained in an ambient manner.

Manu Anandh’s camera has done a wonderful job of capturing the grandeur of the London city, Croatia’s crankiness, Delhi’s lanes and Mumbai’s breeziness. Be it a street festival or a big fat Indian wedding, the shots speak for themselves. The subtle glamour and richness of the locations, lend the venture its essence.

Maneesh Sharma’s venture is sure to clock a response with King Khan’s fans. The first half of the film is filled with a lot of fan-crazy moments while the second half might end up with you taking sides between both of them. SRK’s portrayal and the stark contrast between the characters tip and toe are laudable. The story races on after Gaurav leaves Delhi to race after his idol in London who did not give him a second thought for his obsession in the past. Throwing light on each other’s lives, the movie speaks for itself.

Crazy action sequences on rooftops is a classic trademark of SRK’s movies and Fan is no way apart from the same. The movie offers an awakening and questions the modern day morality of youth in seeking a slice of their idol’s lives. The subtle message that the crew conveys is the fact that it is important to carve a niche for oneself rather than living in the shadow of others.

Though Namrata has done a wonderful job with the editing, she could have chopped a few scenes from the second half to avoid the queasy restlessness that crops up after the duo engages in another fight for identity.

With a melancholic ending, Fan makes us wonder who created the stagnant system of running behind opinion leaders. At the end of the day it’s our life that matters and not the identity of our fan-ship, isn’t it? This is a must-watch if you like realistic cinema with no blown over the top equations. Hats off!

Verdict: Loaded with good screenplay and amazing performances, FAN deserves a watch during your weekend binge for its in-habitual portrayal of silver screen reality.
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
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Fan (aka) Fan

Fan (aka) Fan is a Hindi movie with production by Aditya Chopra, direction by Maneesh Sharma, cinematography by Manu Anand, editing by Namrata Rao. The cast of Fan (aka) Fan includes Shah Rukh Khan, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Waluscha De Sousa.