Fan (2016) Hindi Movie Review | Critic Reviews

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Total Reviews - 16
Average Rating - 6.4/10
Yes - 13
No - 0
Neutral - 3

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  • Gulf News | Review By -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-6/10
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. Clearly, the thriller milks the ‘hell hath seen no fury like a fan spurned’ sentiment. But I wish Gaurav’s fury was more sinister.
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  • CNN IBN | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-6/10
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.
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-8/10
Straight away, no-one does freaky with more flair than Shah Rukh Khan - and Fan proves this. The movie takes you right back to the 1990s when Shah Rukh stormed Bollywood with a stammer, a pout and hooded eyes that looked at the world with hate. Back then, Shah Rukh thrilled with his mix of volatility and vulnerability - in Fan, he does it again.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-5/10
Watch if you are a true SRK fan because after a long time he performs on-screen as an actor. If you were looking for a thriller then this will disappoint. The outrageously flawed script. This logic-defying drama is cringeworthy in the second half. Shah Rukh Khan performs brilliantly in a film that is flawed conceptually. I am going with a 2.5/5 for the film.
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  • DNA | Review By -Sarita Tanwar Rating-6/10
Fan succumbs badly to the second-half syndrome and that is its undoing. It’s almost like the first and the second half are two different films. Sharma (who has also written the film) leads towards a problem very well in the pre-intermission part. But after that, he goes awry when he illustrates it further. Fan is a not a great film, it is a brave film. Watch it still for Shah Rukh Khan’s outstanding portrayal (an extra star only for him).
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  • India Today | Review By -Ananya Bhattacharya Rating-7/10
Fan, after Shah Rukh's films like Dilwale, Happy New Year, Chennai Express and the likes, is a testament to the kind of work we have seen the actor do. After all, not for nothing has this man been able to rule people's hearts for more than two decades. Maneesh Sharma helps dust that Shah Rukh out from under the debris of the last few years. And Khan puts his best foot forward for his fans.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -Taran Adarsh Rating-7/10
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!
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-7/10
I am happy to report that ‘Fan’ is a triumph. Shah Rukh Khan is played to all his strengths, and he plays it just right, gliding in and out of the star and the fan, creating distinct identities and outlines in one scene, and blurring the lines just so in the next. It is a wonderful, grasping, knowing performance, the actor and the star all rolled in one, all at our service, even as they service Shah Rukh Khan’s stratospheric stardom.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chetterjee Rating-6/10
Fan is a rather odd admixture of the real and the make-believe. The former works quite well; the latter not so much. In the first half, the fact that Gaurav bears an uncanny likeness to Aryan Khanna does not invite any public gasps of surprise from those who run into him in the street and elsewhere. Neither the guards manning the entrance of Aryan Khanna's Mumbai bungalow nor the hundreds of other fans milling around the place take any notice of Gaurav.
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Rohit Vats Rating-7/10
Fan is irrational at places, but the adrenaline keeps rushing through its 143-minute duration. Also, the idea of keeping it a song-less film works because that keeps the overdramatic tone from seeping in. It’s a total throwback to Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘90s avatars, but he once again shows how good he still is in that genre. Maneesh Sharma may look inspired from some Hollywood films, but overall he has managed an edge-of-the-seat thriller.
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  • Rediff | Review By -Sukanya Verma Rating-6/10
Though designed like a thriller that doesn’t shy from calculated risks, Sharma substitutes the genre’s punch to squeeze in the proverbial silver screen idol’s sanctimonious appeal to his followers. 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.
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  • Mid Day | Review By -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-8/10
This movie is not just about a Shah Rukh Khan fan. It is also for a lot of his fans, who have been pining to see him the way he is in this film. After a considerable gap, the real SRK is back with a fabulous combination of two roles; one playing a young, ebullient fan reminiscent of his vulnerable younger days and the other playing the superstar that he's today, with the charisma and power of his personality all intact. The make up done by the make-up wizard Greg Cannom adds to the impact.
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  • Emirates 24/7 | Review By -Sneha May Francis
Manish, however, packs some highly dramatic set-pieces, ruining a narrative that otherwise remains fairly grounded. Gaurav's moves are strangely lame, possibly keeping in mind his small-town framework or lack of exposure of stuff far more contrived, but the repercussions are far more impactful. Surely making the actor and his fan indulge in some heavy-duty action sticks out like a sore thumb. Surely, we know actors perform stunts, and aren't superheroes themselves. You'd expect Aryan to hire some super-cool guys to throw the punches, instead you see him do Kung Fu.
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  • Masala | Review By -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-5/10
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. SRK keeps it subtle, however, I wish Aryan’s stubbornness and arrogance were further explored, both in writing and acting. Fan is implausible, unreasonable and unconvincing.
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  • The Guardian | Review By -Peter Bradshaw Rating-6/10
Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan uncorks a wildly over-the-top Jekyll-and-Hyde dual turn in this exhausting, bizarre yet watchable action-thriller melodrama. He plays a Mumbai megastar called Aryan Khanna, obviously modelled on himself – and incidentally using genuine footage in which he waves to hordes of screaming admirers from the balcony of his luxury home.
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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Sreeju Sudhakaran Rating-7/10
Make no mistake, this is SRK’s best film in the last five years, especially after the likes of Happy New Year and Dilwale. However, this could have been a much better flick, if the makers could have toned down certain sequences and made it a more realistic one. Nevertheless, watch the film because you wanted SRK to do something different, and he delivers exactly that! SRK, I am still your Jabra fan… this film, not so much!
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Shah Rukh Khan, Waluscha de Sousa, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Deepika Amin, Yogendra Tiku, Sayani Gupta
Maneesh Sharma
Habib Faisal
Habib Faisal
Habib Faisal, Sharat Katariya
Manu Anand
Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani
produced by: 
Aditya Chopra
Drama, Thriller
run time: 
142 minutes
censor certification: