Will Maneesh Sharma deliver for Shah Rukh Khan?

Filmmaker Maneesh Sharma came to Mumbai with a dream of directing Shah Rukh Khan and he finally realises it with next week’s release FAN. Directing a film starring SRK in the lead has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The advantage is, Shah Rukh’s presence guarantees a good opening at the box office, but on the other side, his films also come with immensely high expectations. The burden of directing a Shah Rukh film, which is watched by millions of people worldwide, is huge. When expectations are high, the chances of disappointing the audience is higher and Sharma knows it.

He had earlier said “I was an assistant on Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and today I’m getting to direct Shah Rukh Khan. It’s a dream come true. I’m a big fan of his powerhouse talent. Fan comes with a lot of responsibility. I have followed SRK’s life since his Fauji days. There’s no way I can let him down”

From a box office point of view, Sharma’s films in the recent past haven’t really performed well. His debut film ‘Band Baaja Baarat’ did well, ‘Ladies vs Ricky Behl’ tanked, while ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ just about recovered its investment because of its opening. His highest grosser to date is ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ which collected Rs 47 crore at the box office.

Almost all films have only appealed to a tiny section of the audience. That would have to change with a film starring Shah Rukh in the lead.

With FAN, the onus is on the director to deliver a good film because in today’s times when the word-of-mouth is spreading quicker than ever, only films that are liked by the audience are performing well at the box office. The multiplex audience isn’t even willing to give bad films a chance, because the ticket prices are too high for the middle-class to afford – especially at big cities.

For Shah Rukh, the success of FAN will be important. His last release ‘Dilwale’ did well at the worldwide box office, but the general perception is that the Rohit Shetty film did not perform.

The box office outcome of FAN will also have a direct impact on the much-hyped Eid clash between ‘Raees’ vs ‘Sultan’. If FAN fails, ‘Sultan’ will have a massive advantage this Eid. If FAN does very well, the battle will be more even.

Box office and everything else aside, when it comes to a film like ‘FAN’,  the expectations from Shah Rukh Khan fans is huge. Will Maneesh Sharma deliver?

FAN releases in theatres on April 15. Advance booking opens across all theatres on Sunday.

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84 Comments

  • SRK is not just the wish of Maneesh Sharma but many many other directors including some one like Rajkumar Hirani who pursued him for both Munnabhai and 3 Idiots.

    Am thankful to Maneesh Sharma for his attempting to make this movie and the character of Gaurav. Plus a movie without songs is another first one for SRK and looking forward for the different experience.

    Waiting to meet Gaurav desperately. How big it will be on box office? Difficult to tell before watching. But box office is something I m least concerned as far as this movie is concerned. It is only and only about meeting Gaurav Chandana.

    Gaurav has already won so many hearts. Cant remember any character whose name has already been so much talked about even before the release of movie. Hoping this will be best ever SRK performance.

    2 SRKs in one movie and both clashing with each other. Plus the return of SRK of Darr and Bazigar. What more can a SRK fan ask for?

    This movie for me is only about my “Connection with SRK” infact my “Connection with Gaurav”.

    The most awaited movie of the year for me.

    Just bring it on!!!!!

    From a Jabra fan of SRK

  • Fan will depend on WOM…..It will have good initials for sure but for a good long run reports have to be on the positive side….These kind of movies tend to drop bigtym if the WOM isn’t good….Hope for the best!!!

  • In shah Allah fan will be worldwide all time blockbuster … The trailer has made us have huge expectation from the movie … I know it won’t disappoint us in anyway…!

  • Chakde India-Blockbuster
    RNBDJ-Blockbuster
    and last non holiday release of SRK MNIK went on to be the biggest non holiday worldwide grosser..6 years been passed and it’s still the highest non holiday WW grosser among ‘KHANS’ films like Ready, Talaash and Jai ho failed to cross it…
    so we are quite confident on FAN too ;)

  • Will Tony D Souza deliver for Emraan Hashmi?
    Yes ! The trailer is powerful and dynamic. AZHAR .. Addicted to Bol Do Na Zara – song.

  • “I have followed SRK’s life since his Fauji days. There’s no way I can let him down”
    This particular line is enough for us😊

  • Srk is called selfmade star Lol. He is made by Yrf and dharma studios, without these 2 studios he would be working in shauchalayas. He himself said his career is nothing without chopras and karan. Srk is a studiomade star.

  • Yes FAN will make Maneesh Sharma the best director of bollywood..
    Without any songs, established Heroine and also a niche genre Fan will easily collect more than Jai Ho opening & also it will easily collect above 150 cr….

    Mark my words… Finger crossed…
    Only 7 Days for Fan…Exited…Eagerly waiting..
    Duniya ka Sabse bada superstar ka sabse bada Fan
    #Fasal kerala

  • Maneesh sharma and srk both are very talented people,I hope fan will emerge as a big blockbuster,all the best to both of u,and the whole team of Fan

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