Shah Rukh Khan’s much awaited Fan hit theatres on Friday and the Fan-star’s fans went into frenzy on social media platforms.
While box-office pundits predicted the movie to collect at least Rs 20 crore on the first day, the dominating theme of the reviews of reviews was that SRK had scored big with his new release.
The actor received plenty of plaudits as movie-goers posted live reviews on micro-blogging site twitter.
Here is how twitter users reacted to Fan:
It is SRK, the actor, who makes #Fan somewhat engaging, despite an unbelievable narrative and implausible episodes that are hard to digest.
— Joginder Tuteja (@Tutejajoginder) April 15, 2016
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) April 15, 2016
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 15, 2016
— Box Office India (@boxofficeindia) April 15, 2016
Here’s how reviewers rated SRK’s new blockbuster.
“As I left the cinema having watched the film, I found myself conflicted about my feelings. There is so much to admire here, but it’s evident the filmmakers think they’ve made a smarter film than they actually have. Still, Fan works for the most part. And anyone who – like me – had grown tired and disappointed with Shah Rukh’s unwillingness to step out of his comfort zone will have reason to be a fan again. I’m going with 3 out of 5”
“On the whole, FAN has a brilliant first half, but loses track in the second hour, only to pick up again towards the pre-climax. The writing should’ve been tighter, while the absence of music [it’s a songless film!] may also prove a stumbling block, but what works, and works big time, is the terrific act by SRK as the fan. And that’s enough reason for you to watch this thriller!”
While Fan is watchable by any standards, the snags take away from it. And this is the kind of film that has some (probably unfair) pressure on itself because there’s just something amazing about the idea of Shah Rukh Khan acting in a film where he is playing both himself and a fan of himself. It’s a movie we can’t really expect to come across again in Bollywood, and this is why it needed to be absolutely incredible – which it wasn’t. It’s good… but ‘good’ almost feels like it’s just not good enough.
Rating: 3 stars.
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.
Only trouble, after this terrific three-hander—all deft elision, switcheroos and nods– Shah Rukh Khan can never go back to lazily sending himself up again.