Fan Reviews by Critics

Maneesh Sharma’s FAN is Shah Rukh Khan’s most critically-acclaimed films in recent times, as the film has scored an average rating of 3.5 stars from the 18 reviews that we have accumulated so far.

The average rating of the film is the 5th best of 2016, and comparable to films like Airlift (3.7), The Jungle Book (3.8) and Kapoor & Sons (3.7).

Any film that gets rated 3 stars or more falls in the ‘good’ category, while 3.5 star plus is critical acclaim.

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Fan Review by Indicine

Rating: ★★★★☆

Fan is the most bizarre, dramatic and thoroughly watchable movie-watching experience in Bollywood in God knows, how long. The first half is stellar and the brilliance of the first half is undermined by the unrealistic second half. If the post-interval part of the film had maintained the pace set by the first half, Fan could have turned out to be one of Shah Rukh Khan’s best films. But inspite of the missed opportunity, Fan is a solid movie which deserves to be watched by people of all ages for it gives everyone an anecdote to take home: Don’t get too close to your idol, because they can never meet your lofty expectations. It also has one of the best Shah Rukh Khan performances of all time as Gaurav Chandna. SRK, that’s all. As tweeted by Ranveer Singh.

Fan Bollywood Hungama Review by Taran Adarsh

Rating: ★★★½☆

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!

Fan Rediff Review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Despite its squandered possibilities, Fan is always engaging. What keeps this Fan going is SRK’s star power. The actor treads a delicate space in playing his own biggest supporter but also of the community he represents. He’s careful in his zeal, ensuring real-time fans don’t feel as though he’s mocking their affection just as he’s responsible in his response to such swaying attention.

Fan Times Of India Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

The story is cutting-edge and settings sharp (at a millionaire wedding, the host yells at Aryan for being late to dance) with clever details – Sid Kapoor can’t read Gaurav’s note as, ‘It’s in Hindi, dude!” while Gaurav, despite adopting Aryan’s swag, eats ‘wegetable sandwich’ abroad. Alongside, Maneesh Sharma paints a compelling larger picture of Delhi, where heat and dust, violence and want, make tempers explode in a very particular Dilli ki garmi. Shah Rukh captures this rage with irony and empathy – he is, as he nicely puts it, mind-blasting.

Fan Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India

Rating: ★★★☆☆

It’s brave to attempt a film like Fan – with SRK playing the protagonist and antagonist both and break all the rules of commercial filmmaking by doing away with songs and any ‘relief’ tracks. As a film, Fan is dark, moody, disturbing and definitely unconventional. And this time, the lead actor’s contribution is just as much as the director’s. Shah Rukh Khan is at his finest – this is easily his best performance in recent years.

Fan Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today

Rating: ★★★½☆

The supporting cast doesn’t have much to do in this SRK vs SRK play. But Deepika Amin, Yogendra Tikoo, Waluscha de Sousa, Sayani Gupta and Shriya Pilgaonkar are all able wheels to carry Fan forward. Acting-wise, everyone else fades in front of SRK’s Gaurav.

Fan Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The film comes close to careening completely out of control after the hounded movie star decides to take matters into his own hands and confront his rogue fan head-on.

Fan Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life

Rating: ★★★½☆

Definitely Shah Rukh Khan! After his last couple of films only cruised through thanks to his superstar image and the love his fans have for him, this time he makes a film that almost uses the above two advantages he has to great effect. After a long time, we have seen Shah Rukh Khan in a double role, and he rocks in both roles, both as the superstar and the fan.

Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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’.

Review by IANS on Sify

Rating: ★★★★☆

Shah Rukh is in full command of both the characters. He gives both Aryan and Gaurav ample room to grow, grow apart and then clash in ways that shows what skilful scripting can do to a superstar’s yearning to excel.

Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews

Rating: ★★★★½

Director Maneesh Sharma might be known for ‘Band Baaja Baarat’, but now he shall be better known for helming ‘FAN’. The background score of the movie successfully pulled off a thriller, by keeping the audiences hooked, booked and cooked—all at the same time!

Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★★★½☆

Director Maneesh Sharma gives Shah Rukh a chance to be self-indulgent in a film that celebrates his Darr-Baazigar-Anjaam days, and in a way, demands the actor to surpass it. But Shah Rukh walks a tight rope, for he plays both an aging superstar and a no-name nobody.

Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Shah Rukh Khan gives a decent performance. The starry twinkle in Gaurav’s eyes when he first sees Aryan Khanna, the excitement in his voice when he first speaks to him, makes you go all ‘Aww’. Gaurav is still the easier part to play. Aryan Khanna is the trickier one. They have used his real life footage, gone into his personal space. How do you disengage and distance yourself when you play a character loosely based on your life? SRK keeps it subtle, however, I wish Aryan’s stubbornness and arrogance were further explored, both in writing and acting.

Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The action scenes towards the climax are long, but well-executed. Watch this if you are a die-hard fan of Khan, but don’t expect an unpredictable thriller. The key here is to manage your expectations and you will walk home smiling at having seen an engaging drama about a stupid fan and a faultless superstar.

Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies

Rating: ★★★½☆

YRF and Khan, who have always teamed up to come up with blockbusters, have come together again this time to come up with a thriller about the dark side of stardom with Fan, which stars SRK in a double role- as reigning superstar Aryan Khanna and his lookalike Gaurav Chandana, who has always dreamed of meeting his idol.

Review by Mehul S Thakkar on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★★★★☆

While it perhaps would not have been too tough for Khan to play a star, portraying the role of his delusional fan (Gaurav Chandna) Khan would surprise many who have been waiting to see him in this avatar. It may remind you of the early 90s when Khan had made his mark by giving rise to the genre of the anti-hero with movies like Anjaam, Darr and Baazigar. His body language, his mannerisms – as the star and as the fan is markedly different and for the first time gives us a glimpse of not just Shah Rukh Khan the star or Shah Rukh Khan the actor, but also Shah Rukh Khan the person. He executes this complex act and passes with flying colours. Not new to facing backlash for his controversies in real life, he effortlessly touches upon the shades of grey in a star’s life.

Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ★★★½☆

Oh wait, it is Shah Rukh doing the channeling, via Aryan, also Bollywood superstar. So if Aryan has feet of clay, does SRK too? This is one of the several clever inferences the film leaves us to draw from a film which is fashioned directly out of the star’s persona and power and pull, and how it impacts other lives. The dilemma of a star who wants everything–can you ever have enough fans, and can they be mixed blessings—is laid out in full techni-coloured messy glory.

Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India

Rating: ★★★★☆

Right from the beginning of this thriller, which undoubtedly boasts of one, oops, two of his best performances, it is evident why Shah Rukh Khan is needed for a film of this sort, and why only someone in his position and with his caliber could do it too.

Review by Raja Sen

Rating: ★★★★½

Take a bow, Mr Khan. Not only for a phenomenal, genuinely groundbreaking performance but for being bold enough to give us the sight of a boy wearing painted-on abs while aping you dancing in a song where you, according to rumour, wore painted-on abs. For a glimpse at a worn out 50-year-old man — massaging his temples, and stretching at the lines on his face — before turning on the high-wattage smile and stepping out to market his myth. Of course Shah Rukh Khan is his own biggest fan. It’s a rule that comes with the megastar territory, the need to believe in your own legend. What a film like Fan makes evident is that the rarified view from high up there may not always be the most pleasant. Especially when you’re looking at the fan in the mirror.

Review by Rajeev Masand

Rating: ★★★☆☆

It’s Shah Rukh’s committed performance, however, that keeps you invested in the narrative and the characters. Gaurav, whose resemblance to Aryan is the stuff of computer trickery and prosthetics, may be the more fascinating of the two leading men, not least because Shah Rukh plays him as a curious mix of pathetic and creepy. But it’s Aryan, which is the trickier role for the actor to pull off, given that it’s basically a version of himself. I think it’s incredibly brave of Shah Rukh to play the superstar as conceited and stubborn, and as someone unwilling to take any responsibility for the situation. The role cuts dangerously close to the bone; Aryan Khanna is unapologetic about dancing at weddings for cash.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.

Review by Aashi Gahlot on Bollyspice

Rating: ★★★★☆

Good on Shah Rukh Khan, the biggest star in India if not the world, to do a film provoking issues revolving around celebrity obsession. In fact, only SRK could have done this film. Because of his real life star power, the film delivers the seriousness of the issue.

Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Director Maneesh Sharma is best known for his directorial debut, the refreshing Band Baaja Baaraat. But from here on, he would be known as the maker responsible for reviving SRK’s plunging career by extracting a performance that couples the enthusiasm of a newcomer and the restraint of a veteran. From the supporting cast, Shriya Pilgaonkar as the girl-from-next-gully and Gaurav’s love interest, shines in all her scenes and is a great find.

Review by Indiaglitz

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Shah Rukh Khan as Gaurav, is flawless. The spark in his eyes and the smile on his face is the perfect example of what a fine actor Shah Rukh Khan is. Kudos to see this ace actor back after a long time, trying out something daringly different. Shriya Pilgaonkar lend good support along with Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tiku.

Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning

Rating: ★★★½☆

Shah Rukh Khan surprises us by his bewildered superstar act as well as the crazy fan act. And it is with supreme confidence that he even laughs at himself. Who else could have allowed the dancing at weddings for money scene? It laughs at his own stardom in real life, as well as the state of his stardom on screen. You hear murmurs among the audience: ‘the things he probably has to do to be rich’ and also, ‘why doesn’t he say sorry?’

Review by Meeta on Wogma

Rating: ★★★½☆

For bringing these thoughts, maybe for not making me want to tear my hair out, for giving me 2+ hours of a solid performance, without taking anything away from the decent film that Fan is, even if I won’t want to watch it again, I, a Shah-Rukh-non-fan would like to see more of this Shah Rukh. Maybe in a film that that will take our mind of his performance.



  • What a day this has been, watched FAN & absolutely loved it. I won’t share a review here because I guess we have had enough of reviews & it’s a known fact that everyone including the audience has given the movie a thumbs up. All I wanna say describing the movie in a sentence is “FAN is SRK, SRK is FAN”. SRK the actor is mesmerizing to watch as Gaurav. His act is splendid & if you’re his fan, you can be assured that he is taking a record another black lady home this time, just give him that Filmfare straight away.
    Maneesh Sharma, the director passes the difficult test with flying colors. He manages a Superstar in a film with grand canvas with utmost ease. FAN is a movie which one cannot hate, & if you hate it, it’s simply very ‘inhuman’ of you to do so. I have been reading all the comments section of the FAN article posted by ‘Indicine’ since today morning & I’m surprised how ‘inhuman’ can some people really be. So much of hatred, you wanna pull that man down, but you can’t. “Usey neeche giraane ke liye pehle tum sab ko uske jitna banna hoga”, my request to my fellow people, just ignore the hate comments, don’t pay heed. Let them bark.
    Cherish the moment because SRK the actor is back.

  • & wom is also extremely positive. ab dekho kya dhamaal machta hai…
    Sultan Ali Khan tu bhag ja kyunki Raees bhai danda leke aa raha hai

  • i dont care what critic says but srk is best over actor and he is bettering his over acting skills. no faith in critics after first week everything will be clear.

  • 2 minutes of silence for those Srk haters that predicted Max 17 crs opening day for FAN (like “the beast”, yuvraj, anand,)

  • No matter how much they paid to media, it will be flop. SRK must apologize to Nation as he tried to misguide the Nation on World Biggest Super Star dialogues.

  • Good rating …
    Some desperate people are trying to bring down srk’s Fan like Salman fans ( srk sir release Raees on this Eid , Don’t postpone it so that bhai fans come to their senses )
    Like aamir khan fans and bakhts but the thing is Fan will be hit in the worst case.

  • Audience reactions/reviews are pretty mixed though,been reading them on Twitter ..

    Let’s see how the WOM shapes up.

  • Joke of the Day!

    Q. What is the only dull moment of the FAN movie?

    A. SULTAN teaser (same old topless black bikini wearing Salman)

  • Trailer above average, music (1 song) below average, so film will be average/above average/semi hit. My prediction 135 + crore – 139 + crore. (Due 2 holidays). If it releases without these holidays my prediction would be 119 + crore – 124+ crore for lifetime.

  • One of the best critics in the year till now! This is a counter to Sultan! Sultan may get collections better than fan! What matters is whether ppl like the movie! Kick grossed about- 300cr but movie is considered shit! #Fan #blockbuster #Srk #BaapofBollywood

  • Yet it is not gonna earn more than 120 crores lifetime!! There is nothing good to offer to the movie goers except for the Zebra fans!! It is all about a narcisstic and self-obsessed hero and a dumb zebra fan!! Strictly average!!!

  • SRK outstanding acting and good climax are the key of FAN if the film directed by adi chopra or smit amin instade of manish sharma then Film would be better although 2nd half is unrealistic but acc to me 2nd half is better then 1st half expecting wom is like CDI isn’t cackwalk still FAN is one of the good film and srk performance even better than CDI in FAN, aab 9th filmfare pakka

  • wow now fan looks certain to go above 150 cr as review are positive hope word of mouth are positive too which we will find out tomorrow

  • I remember Dilip Saab once said, “Bollywood can create 100’s of Salman & Aamir, but only God can create Shahrukh Khan.”
    Watch FAN, & you will realize what he meant.

  • deserves all the acclaim it’s receiving..although I’ll go with 4 stars..what’s more important is that only one review is below 3 all are ranging from 3-4.5
    I hope the Word-Of-Mouth is also positive and it reflects in the opening day number too..Fingers crossed

  • @indicine

    Indian pseudo-crictics are still stuck in 1950’s and 1960’s Hollywood “1st half” vs/or/& “2nd half” 2 movies mindset as movies use to be 3 hrs 30 mins to 3 hrs 50 mins with “overture” and “intermission.”

    Wake Up…….This is 21st century!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Modern Day 1:50 -2:15 hrs “thrillers” (Psychological, Suspense, Action, Film-Noir etc….) like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, SIXTH SENSE, MICHAEL CLAYTON and JOHNNY GADDAAR and FAN are judged & graded & ranked in “1st Act” “2nd Act” and “3rd Act”

    FAN 1st Act: 40 mins (****1/2)
    FAN 2nd Act:40 mins (****)
    FAN 3rd Act: 40 mins (***1/2)……..NOT “1st half is mind blowing” vs “2nd half is a let down”

    1st Act and 2nd Act builds into 3rd Act. from your review

    1st Act of FAN is EXCELLENT **** and 1/2 stars
    2nd Act of FAN is EXCELLENT **** stars
    3rd Act of FAN is GOOD to VERY GOOD *** and a 1/2 stars

    over all **** (4 stars) out of ***** (5 stars)

    It means FAN is a great cinema. Once-in-a-lifetime “thriller” experience similar to NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THE DEPARTED (Both oscar winner best picture & best screenplay).

  • Billu 2 is just a mindless masala crapp. Gaurav can easily go and come out of many secured places in London and other parts of Europe and go unnoticed.

    Even Gaurav enters Aryan’s home unnoticed. When Aryan calls a press-conference to inform the world that the stalker is threat to world revolving around him, how can he not say this to his family.

    How his wife easily allows Gaurav to enter inside the house. And yes there are many such scenes in second half. Majority part of second half looks unreal & childish.

    Another big loophole in the film is that Gaurav who is a lookalike of Aryan, looks slightly different from Aryan in face features. However there are many sequences where Gaurav looks exactly same as Aryan. Even Aryan’s secretary and wife fails to recognise the differences.


  • My review :-
    Fan is a below average film.
    VFX are great
    Cinematography, editing is good
    Srk is decent as Gaurav, but overacts in some scenes.

    Nonsensical script
    Copy of Robert De Niro’s The Fan
    Unrealistic 2nd half

    Rating: 1/5

  • 200+Cr easily now on Cards.

    Excellent WOM!.

    -No one complaining about boring, dull, dragging 2nd half length. needing editing.
    -No one complaining about SRKs same old pretentious hamming of an acting job.
    -No one is complaing SRK sharing valuable screentime with Varun, Abhishek & other trash.
    -No one is complaing Maneesh is just another garbage masala in lines with Kabir, Rohit and Farah

  • So, SRK’s best appreciated movie will earn around the similar BO Opening and lifetime figures to the worst appreciated movie of Salman Jai Ho in 5-6 years??? King’s power, my foot??
    YRF >>> Sohail Khan Production
    Maneesh Sharma >>> Sohail Khan
    Jai Ho – non holiday release
    Pankha – Partial Holiday Release
    Jai Ho – Lower Ticket Price
    Pankha – Hiked Ticket Price
    Jai Ho – Boycotted by a section of Muslim society
    Jai Ho had 300 more Screens. Thats it

  • Dumbfounded. Awestruck. Speechless.SRK in & as FAN.Only you could.Benchmark performance. Shah Rukh KhaN

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