Director: Maneesh Sharma
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Available on: @primevideoin
@imdb : 7
The film is about a fan, the kind that worships their object of admiration, has the star's pictures on their wall, stands outside their home for hours just to get a glimpse, get into a fight if anyone derides their idol. Except here, almost as if the obsession had creepily manifested itself physically, the fan also looks like the star. The equation between the fan’s unstable behavior and the superstar’s adamant behavior (the entire altercation ultimately hinges on one word!) is continuously tense.
It is to Shah Rukh Khan's credit for taking on a fairly risky subject, and allowing such self-deprecating material (he is known for his comment on performing at weddings) in the script. But this is no ordinary Shah Rukh Khan film. Here the superstar is visibly thrilled to tackle this complex role (roles, actually) and relishes them with passion. He's wonderful as the superstar who faces trouble from the most unexpected source, and is even better as the fan who is so obsessed, he cannot differentiate between right and wrong. This is one of his most underrated works and he shines in both the roles.
And that is the most intriguing, interesting part of Fan - the layered personalities of our two central protagonists, and the troubled equation they share. For a superstar perhaps, nothing can be more delightful and distressing than an obsessed fan. Especially when the fan turns fanatic.
It was a big risk to have just one song, The Fan Anthem in the film. The first half of the film is amazing and even though the second half of the film could've been a tad bit better but overall it's a good film which didn't receive enough appreciation and neither did Shahrukh's performance in this. It's an ode to the King of Bollywood, a superstar with amazing talent. This is his gift to his fans and I thank him for giving us this film.