Just recently, we had BOLLYWOOD DIARIES
by K D Satyam that showcased the effects Bollywood has on the common man. This week, Maneesh Sharma gives us another peek on how Bollywood affects the common man.
Gaurav (Shah Rukh Khan) from Delhi, a die-hard fan of Aryan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan), has grown up watching every movie of Aryan. He walks like him, talks like him and has watched his interviews on television and read them a dozen times. He lives and breathes Aryan.
His one desire is to meet Aryan on his birthday and have five minutes of his time. As an ordinary fan, it becomes impossible to break through the maze of fans to reach the superstar. Fortunately for him, an upcoming star has an issue with Aryan during the time he is in Mumbai. The said star threatens to sue Aryan. Gaurav goes to him as his fan in the hope of helping Aryan. How can anyone say anything against his Aryan!
Aryan gets an apology on Social Media from the upcoming star, thanks to Gaurav and Gaurav gets a call from Aryan to meet him.
Will the FAN
meet the star or will the star chase the FAN?
Maneesh Sharma engages the viewer in the first half with SRK as Gaurav turning in a superlative performance. Here is a look-alike who is Shah Rukh Khan himself. The make-up team deserves kudos for rubbing off some of the likeness from the real SRKs face to make Gaurav look like a duplicate. One look and you know that he is a duplicate and SRK himself takes pains to ensure that his body language as Gaurav and his and aping of the star himself is 'copied'.
Gaurav as the FAN immediately endears himself to the viewer. But once he is rubbed the wrong way by the superstar, he turns into a monster out for revenge.
Aryan soon finds himself in the news for the wrong reasons, inspite of not being at the scene of crime. Gaurav wreaks havoc as Aryan's stock comes tumbling down. Everyone believes that Aryan is the man behind the misdemeanors.
The second half has a balance of both, Gaurav and Aryan, and I dare say that it is Gaurav who wins hands down with his performance.
There are a few loopholes too. The chase when the cops come hunting for Gaurav in his lodge in Mumbai and the chase between Aryan and Gaurav in London are long drawn. It just goes on and on. Gaurav's entering into Aryan's home too is a bit far-fetched. Ditto the fracas at Madame Tussauds.
Somewhere along the line, when Aryan decides to tackle Gaurav on his own, and meet his parents, the plot loses a bit of its sting. Here is the superstar. He has a lead to the one doing mischief in his name. All he has to do is send the cops on his trail.
Up until that point, the plot was moving beautifully.
Waluscha D'Souza has no role. Even when she is being terrorized by Gaurav in her own home, the camera shows the back of her head. Sayani Gupta as his PA is top notch adding weight to her character, simply by her presence.
FAN could have hit the ceiling with a powerful ending.