Being a fanboy or fangirl is as difficult as earning a scholarship, and with the rise of the number of the people in the world, fandom is only going to see a rampant rise in numbers – each competing with the other. In the real world, Shah Rukh Khan (also the protagonist and antagonist of Fan, the film I am speaking about today) and Salman Khan, both superstars in their own capacity, and friends-turned-foes-turned-friends too, have a bigger challenge at hand – and that’s to ensure that they don’t do anything that disappoints the plethora of people whose lives revolve around the release of their films year after year.
Fan is not a tribute to SRK, nor does it go on to show the actor’s apparent narcissistic side, but it’s a film about all that can go wrong in the life of a superstar who is just busy living his enviable life till an obsessive fan comes along with just one wish, to meet him and hug him. Not a tall ask, yes?
Some may also believe that the film is a ‘one-time watch’ or a ‘timepass’ but for me, it is a a deep story with a hard-hitting message that is equally flawed. Maneesh Sharma’s direction falters every time he wants to show his audience the two men, SRK and SRK, pitted against one another. Add to that a lot of unnecessary chase scenes that one could absolutely do without but didn’t. Perhaps, there was a need for all the excessive drama because we are talking about a Bollywood film from the YRF banner.
Credit must be given where it’s due, nonetheless. SRK as the superstar is obviously awkward being himself as he admitted in a recent interview that being the superstar on screen was more difficult than playing Gaurav. Adding, he had said that director Maneesh Sharma and producer Aditya Chopra had intended the world to see the life of the superstar from his eyes. However, there is the ease with which he also plays Gaurav, a made-up version of himself, that is awe-inspiring and you know that this is the role that will touch many hearts and even cause an outburst of emotions despite the villain that he proves to be. Like a lover, he too loved someone, the only difference being, this time it’s a ‘senior’ version of himself.
What Works For Fan:
The hype, the big banner production, SRK, Jabra Fan in different languages, the story at places
What Fails To Work For Fan:
The unnecessary melodrama, the treatment of an obsessed lover and the portrayal of SRK’s onscreen wife, who is mostly seen in indecent night gowns only. We all know that Gauri Khan is much more poised and is mostly seen keeping her best foot forward.
Why Fan Should Be Watched:
To know that love stories don’t just have to revolve around college kids, warring families, and usual stereotypes. This is easily SRK’s finest performances in many years especially after the buffoonery in Happy New Year and Dilwale (even though it was SRK-Kajol’s comeback).
On a scale of 01 to 05, I’d rate Fan 03/05 stars.
Do watch and let me know what you think! Would love to have a heart-to-heart with y’all, Dil Se.
Fitoor, an Urdu word for unsoundness of the mind, usually used when talking about situations denoting passion for someone or something. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor (director of Kai Po Che! and Rock On..!!), this film is said to be based on the love story of Pip and Estella from Great Expectations. In Bollywoodian scenario, Pip becomes Noor and Estella becomes Firdaus.
The film is beautiful, a pleasure for the eyes. The story, of course is yet to be known, since there are undertones of a political warfare set in white Kashmir. The promotional posters of the film had Katrina Kaif dressed in a pure white garb as she stands getting camouflaged by the snow with only her blazing red hair providing contrast. The trailer talks about the red of the Chinar (tree) and perhaps there is a metaphorical reference to the look of the film’s leading lady, who, I have to admit is looking nothing short of a Goddess.
Aditya Roy Kapoor played a man much-in-love in Aashiqui 2, but Fitoor shows him as more than just a lovesick puppy, and I’m sure glad to see this side of the VJ-turned-Actor. What’s notable is how the actors have worked so hard on their respective bodies that with every movement, slow or swift, you can see the muscles and the cuts, carefully carved and sculpted like they are real-life statues of beauty and grace.
The music of Fitoor, composed by Amit Trivedi is good, but definitely not his best work. When we think Amit Trivedi, the first thought that crosses our minds is a Dev.D or Lootera. Except Pashmina and Yeh Fitoor Mera, there is nothing to drive home about. Both songs, however, have something more special than just its tune. And that is the leading pair of the film, who are blending together like paint on a canvas. Watch Pashmina to see where Katrina Kaif has brought herself from being a pretty actress oft-ridiculed for her non-Hindi speaking ways (like a British National was expected to be the Paro of the yesteryears or something) or her thunder thighs to her lithe frame and remarkable yet flawed dancing skills in this love song which is winner in all departments, including the lyrics. What we see so far are several metaphorical references in the songs including this one:
In 2:14 to 2:19, one can see how Firdaus (paint, color of Noor’s life) meets Noor (painter, canvas).
Nonetheless, the film will give you reasons to read and listen to soulful music, but that aside, it will also make you pledge to take care of yourself and aspire to look good in 2016. What do you think? That could be our ‘fitoor’.
Infact, come to think of it, was this breathtaking chemistry the reason for Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s recent split up? Let’s hope not. Infact, I recently read that Aditya is playing cupid to these estranged lovers, and we are supporting this cause virtually. 🙂