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.

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111 Comments

  • The Plus Point is FAN isn’t get any negetive review till now 95% rate FAN postive where 5% nutral now its interesting to see how much adience like it if FAN universally accepeted then sureshoot 200cr otherwise 140-180cr which will consider very good

  • You deliberately left out Koimoi review to increase the average rating,iam not against srk or fan be not baised. During time of Airlift you left out Mt and other sites which gave high rating to it. All in all i will be watching it tonight and have my own judgement hope it turns out well.

    • @Fealayi, before you blame us, why don’t you go and check ‘critic reviews’ of other movies? The links are right below reviews of FAN. We have never included that site for any of our ‘critic review’ pages.

  • National award LOL
    Oscars ROLF
    1 Hwood movie se bhi kam ratings mili aur yeh log isko iss saal ki best movie soch rahe the 😂😂
    Ratings toh mili nai ab collection bhi nai milengi 😂
    Excuses aana shuru but 3.7B fans cannot even salvage 80-90% occupancy 😂
    Dabbang 2 ka 1st day bhi cross na hoga ab toh ..

  • critics are saying they liked first half more….
    yes it was good and critics do like this kind of treatment, a heartwhelming sweet story ( like queen, English vinglish). though First half was REALLY GOOD

    but most of you will agree with me that the second half was more entertaining and better than first. but since it was illogical a bit critics gave a average review. what I am saying is they knew from the trailer that a superstar is going to chase the fan then how come they are all surprised that it was “illogical”

    EVERYONE IS PRAISING THE CLIMAX.
    infact after the scene from MANNAT , the movie is just a CLASS APART.

    and the brilliant ending is comparable to the great ending of AMERICAN BEAUTY.
    we all saw that coming but still it SHOCKED.

    FAN IS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE.

    99% time srk screen pe rehta h

    Aur wo apna carrier best performance diya h.

    Kisi ko movie bekar lagne ka to sawal hi ni uth ta

  • Fan is working faster than sleeping pills if anyone can digest after interval must go for, I have seen people are vomiting outside theatre after fan treatment choice is yours.

  • @Yuvraj
    April 15, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Haters spilling shit all over again.

    For last few movies they had the advantage to criticize SRK movies by taking the ‘Cinema Critics’ criticism as the base and still were unable to stop the unstoppable star power of duniya ka sabse bada super star and now they say that they don’t believe the critics :)

    Love you SRK!

  • So billu 2 gets excellent reviews!!! With excellent reviews & WOM even Akshay kumar, Sonam kapur can give superhits (eg- airlift, neerja etc). If Mr srk is really bigger star than them then billu 2 will have to become blockbuster at least. Otherwise he will be considered in the same league of Akshay, Sonam etc..

  • @ virat kohli ,shame on u for insulting a great actor.ur batting is even worse than ravindra jadeja.go and watch anushka’s crap bombay velvet.

  • SRK actor is back. Lol
    Guys
    His MNIK is still best acting since 2009

    First half was very good but disastrous 2nd half ruined the movie.
    Srk = brilliant as Gaurav but overacting some time. & as Aryan full of overacting
    Director destroy the movie in 2nd half.
    Main reason is script,Was good to bad.
    WOM from Neutral Audience is Mixed, it’s Average to Poor.
    Only saviour is Srk As Gaurav.
    But it is his not best acting.
    Many srk fans are saying that its SRK’s best acting, if it’s SRK’s Best acting then Sorry Guys he is a very Average Star.

    I’m not SRK’s Fan But Not His Hater Too.

    But it’s not Fully SRK’s Fault, poor Directing Destroyed the Movie.
    Still MNIK is His Best Acting in Recent Time.
    All Haters Are Bashing it.
    Fan Should Cross 140

    Now All Hopes on #Raees.

  • SRK is right. critics ko meri koi baat achi nhi lagti.. kitne saal hogaye koi asi film dekhno ko mili to critics 3.5 3.6 rating de rahai hai. kam se kam 4/5 hona chahiye….

  • worst review so far is of KOIMOI

    do read if you want to laugh out louder.

    they were so obsessed with the logics… ( guess they don’t like 95% of INDIAN movies)

  • So it is not only Indicine which is praising the movie after all. Even though would have wanted the movie rating to be closer to 4 but 3.5 is quite good too.

    Let’s see how the WoM of the movie is.

    @ Indicine : Would u post an initial estimate of first day collections tonight? Should we wait for it?

  • @fealayi

    Who what where is koimoi? never heard of it? some dessert or mithai to celebrate FANs critical success.

  • @babuji ki thullu, I have seen ur retweets about Fan and I know what to do with blousefool 3 the same crap the same boring shitty comedy trying to make people laugh at them …..
    I spared airlift and I watched it from torrent u know what the thing is that a crappy ” in a hurry shit movie like Airlift doesn’t deserve a single star ” with no emotions only made to make people believe that he wants to show respect for bakhts … I Don’t wanna say more than this
    And Don’t even bother watching Fan .
    U dk do not deserve even hatred.

  • Now praying to GOD so that the WOM falls in the ‘excellent’ category . Nothing else , rest will be taken care of !

  • FAN REVIEW:

    watched FAN FDFS.

    I must say THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR,no matters how many best movies will come in your way.

    PEOPLE will remember GAURAV CHANDNA’S CHARACTER FOREVER,there’s not a bit doubt IT.

    I loved 2ND HALF much more than 1ST HALF.

    2ND HALF is what is the SOUL of THE MOVIE.

    I can’t explain much more about THE MOVIE ,because IT’S THRILLER and you can’t feel even a bit what HIGH STANDARD DIRECTION and EMOTIONAL VALUE ,IT will give you at theatre.

    many non-SRK FANS even cried while watching THE 2ND HALF/CLIMAX.

    THIS MOVIE is for not only SRKIANS because IT’S A RELATIONSHIP between A STAR and A FAN.I guaranteed you all,you’ll definitely cry after watching THIS MOVIE.

    as I said there’s much conflict that critics made about EACH HALF in the people’s mind about THIS MOVIE.

    then let me give clear cut comparison between 2 HALVES

    1ST HALF:

    IT’S completely the life story of Gaurav Chandna with out involved with HIS STAR much and HIS OBSESSION and LOVE for HIS SUPERSTAR.and here the journey of FAN starts to meet with HIS SUPERSTAR.and I laughed when many critics said this is the best part which really doesn’t any entertainment value which might the critics likes,may be that’s the reason why they’re obsessed with 1ST HALF of the movie.but I must say THE 1st half has GOOD COMEDY which will make you laugh and innocent stuffs of REAL FAN to be watch out for.

    2ND HALF:

    THIS is THE HEART and TRULY THE SOUL of THE MOVIE which contains THE REAL INTENSE,SORROW which WE can say “TRUE MEANING” that justifies the title “FAN”.and I promise you THIS will 100% tend you to cry if you’re a realistic and sensible movie watcher.this I’M telling from a neutral point of view not only as the point of view of A SRKIAN.

    PROS:

    KING SRK’S INTENSITY that again raised the bar that HE had shown us through DARR,BAAZIGAR,CDI,even beyond that which I can’t only define through words only.

    THIS IS COMPLETELY REALISTIC MOVIE and has universal appeal.

    THIS MOVIE shows KING SRK is that talented actor WHO can defeat AGES through HIS ACTING.

    GAURAV CHANDNA is THE ROLE which will be remembered and will stay in the hearts of PEOPLE FOREVER.I BET IT.HE completely overshadowed the real KING SRK played SUPERSTAR ROLE as ARYAN KHANNA.

    THE ENTIRE FILM contains POWER PACKED DIALOGUES and ACTION LEVELS is not less than any hollywood movie along with OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY with TERRIFIC DIRECTION with AWESOME SCREENPLAY which doesn’t have at all any useless scenes.

    there is no song to divert THE STORY ,if really you’re a hollywood and completely realistic kind movie watcher.

    cons:

    I saw IT in almost every KING SRK movie released after 2010 except DON2 and JTHJ upto some extent.but believe me you’ll not find a single con in the movie.

    there is no song,which may disappoint regular masala movie watcher but doesn’t at all issue for good cinema watchers.

    conclusion:

    sorry for being gone little out of topic.I want to ask @indicine one thing as they unnecessarily questioned the REALISM of the movie.in the sense I too can ask you how in bajrangi bhaijaan despite of tight security salman tried to enter pakistan which is highly unrealistic.and what can I say about pk,the complete logic of understanding mind through touching hand as well as being alien is the biggest unrealistic logic that these movies has.but honestly speak where you found a simple unrealistic scene in FAN MOVIE ,can you answer,I know you can’t.and if your rating this movie as 4/5,then your rating to movies like DILWALE,HNY,kick, and all big entertainer must be 1-1.5/5.and for films like bajrangi bhaijaan,pk youer review must be 2-2.5/5.AND FOR FILMS LIKE NEERJA,AIRLIFT must be 3.5-4/5.as some fools are really thinking it’s a dilwale/HNY type movie.

    THIS IS THE MUST WATCH MOVIE for every good cinema watcher and compulsory if you’re A DIEHARD FAN of ANY SUPERSTAR(UNKNOWN).

    MY RATING : 4.5/5 (being a neutral sensible realistic movie watcher) but

    5/5 (being an SRKIAN or the DIEHARD FAN of AN UNKNOWN SUPERSTAR)

  • Hopefully… Big growth on tomorrow. ..and further on sunday.
    21 cr on opening…
    24cr on sat…
    27 cr on sunday…
    ….
    excellent. …!!!

  • @anand babu 7:48pm:
    Exhibitors always give more screens to bigger stars. Big star means higher no of screens. Eg- raeesa bhabi movies get more screens than Tushar kapur movies. In the same way, Bhai movies get more screens than srk movies.
    His latest ‘content rich’ partial holiday release billu 2 gets 300 lesser screens than Bhai’s 2.5 years old ‘content less’ non holiday release. That’s shows the real AUKAAT of raeesa bhabi…. LOL.

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