Apr 15, 2016 15:00(IST)
That's all for today guys! Happy #Fan day to you -- and look out for our review from Anna Vetticad soon.
Here is Apoorv Mishra live at Chandan Cinema, Juhu with Fan's reactions to
Fan! 14:48(IST) Concluding thoughts from Chandan: Fan is about Gaurav's obsession of Aryan and Shah Rukh Khan's obsession of himself.
We will be getting audiences very shortly. Watch this space!
14:36(IST) 14:32(IST) 14:29(IST) Live from Chandan
Audiences not interested in lengthy chases between Aryan and Gaurav. Clearly Shah Rukh Khan trumps all.
Stay tuned to watch us live at Chandan cinemas, Juhu with real-life fan reactions to Fan. 14:13(IST) 14:05(IST) 14:02(IST) 13:54(IST) Live from Chandan:
"Shah Rukh ka jo ghar dikhaya hai woh studio hoga. Ghar mein thodi na shooting karenge."
Everyone is awed with the glimpses of a superstar's personal life.
'Thank you, Maneesh Sharma' 13:39(IST) Live from Chandan:
Fangirls are taking selfies with Shah Rukh Khan in
Seems like people want more in the second half. "
Jabra fan end mein hoga" 13:35(IST) 13:24(IST) 13:15(IST) 13:14(IST) Live from Chandan:
Massive hooting for the Aryan/Gaurav face-off!
Film critics are tweeting their responses: 13:02(IST) Maneesh Sharma, director of Fan, in an interview with India Today, has said that Shah Rukh Khan is a director's dream:
"He has exactly the same behaviour," says Sharma of SRK then and now. "There was not the slightest intimidation [in directing him]. And all credit goes to him. He is submissive to the director's vision. There is no other way for him."
"Landmark in Indian cinema" 12:56(IST) 12:56(IST) 12:53(IST) Concluding thought from Yashraj studios screening of Fan
Although the past underwhelming performances like Dilwale and Happy New Year had tried toning my excitement for the movie, I was a jabra wala fan when I entered the theatre. While this is surely SRK's back-in-the-game performance, the movie fails to impress at many points.
If you're a Jabra SRK fan, this move is for you. It completely grabs your attention in the first half, but then takes a boring twist towards the second.
12:50(IST) 12:38(IST) Live from Chandan
Loud cheers on every stock footage of SRK from his earlier films!
12:32(IST) Live from Chandan cinemas
Although it is considered as the best place if you want to spend time alone, today Chandan cinemas might just be the best place to watch
Wait! These guys are cheering aloud for Sultan trailer! Woot, woot!
12:29(IST) Live from Chandan cinemas:
No matter how much the seats stink, it's the craze of the first day first show that drives audiences. This is something peculiar about Chandan.
12:25(IST) Live from Chandan cinemas:
The numbers for
Fan are lesser compared to 'Bhai ki movie' 12:22(IST)
Alright, while the Yash Raj Studios screening is on its last leg, Apoorv Mishra of Firstpost has now reached Chandan cinemas, in Juhu Mumbai, and here's what he has to say! "12 noon, the sun is hot yet the fans have showed up for Fan from sophisticated looking to not so sophisticated looking, from young to old -- Everyone wants to take the cheap seats at Chandan as soon as they can" 12:16(IST)
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh speaks: 12:15(IST)
Screaming crowds in Kolkata while watching
Fan! 12:12(IST) 12:09(IST) 12:08(IST) 12:07(IST) 12:04(IST) Live from Yashraj Studios (here is a different response, for variety)
With just a scene or two that'd grab your attention in the second half,
Fan becomes redundant. The game between Aryan Khanna (the actor) and Gauran (the psychotic fan) goes on for the longest time. 11:59(IST) Here are some concluding thoughts from Inox: Concluding soliloquy is vintage SRK. The way he sorts out the identity question among obsessive fans in Oscar material. Hit or super hit won't matter. What will matter is the memorable act. No song, no real heroine, just SRK exponential
11:56(IST) Live from Yashraj studios:
Fan is fun and gripping in the first half. Right when you start loving the movie, it takes a turn from being realistic and genuine to being unnecessarily dramatic.
Bhumi Pednekar loved
Meanwhile, Twitter is floored by
Fan! 11:43(IST) Live from Yashraj Studios:
Are we going to have to eat our words? So much for missing out on choreographed action sequences in the first half. There's one in the second half where people fly, jumo from one building to another and it almost looks fake.
11:39(IST) Mid-day box office feedback:
reports: "Most multiplexes are registering around 45-50% of occupancy in the morning shows. According to trade sources, this is the best opening that a film has witnessed at the box office after a gap of four months, the last one being the SRK starrer Dilwale itself." 11:37(IST)
Abhishek Bachchan, we feel you! 11:34(IST) Live from Yashraj Studios:
The second-half curse may just be real.
Fan keeps you gripped through the first half, but dips slightly in the second. 11:31(IST)
Live from Yashraj Studios: Two-thirds of the movie is over and I still haven't seen SRK with his iconic hands-sprung-out-in-the-air move. Wow. 11:28(IST)
Fan gets best opening of any Shah Rukh Khan film in West Bengal: 11:26(IST)
From photographer Avinash Gowariker: 11:18(IST)
Live from Yashraj Studios: Wait. It's already interval and there was no choreographed dance-music sequence to which SRK was lip syncing? 700th reason to watch Fan! 11:13(IST)
Live from Yashraj Studios: Coming out of his comfort zone of dance and choreographed action sequences, SRK is back in the game! 11:11(IST) 11:10(IST) 11:08(IST)
Live from Inox: In Fan one thing is settled: SRK ko sirf ek hi insaan pakad sakta hai .. khud SRK! 11:07(IST)
Live from Yashraj studios: Playing an obsessed psychotic fan and a superstar, this is SRK's most convincing performance in the longest time. 11:04(IST) Fan released at many sections across the world before India.
"Shah Rukh Khan uncorks a wildly over-the-top Jekyll-and-Hyde dual turn in this exhausting, bizarre yet watchable action-thriller melodrama." DNA reported that the film had received a "thumbs up" from the audience, adding this could be "one of Shah Rukh Khan's finest performances till date". The Guardian's critic Peter Bradshaw said, 10:58(IST)
Live from Inox Only SRK can take potshots at himself, and he does that (via Aryan Khanna) really well. The crass commercialism, the giant-size star ego -- DELICIOUS! 10:57(IST) Live from Inox SRK strikes back! What dialogues! "Do kaudi ka angrez"
No film in Shah Rukh Khan's filmography has ever had so much SRK -- and how!
Live from Yash raj studios: Junior Aryan Khanna is a character so beautifully executed and genuine. 10:48(IST)
Parineeti Chopra's response to Fan. 10:46(IST)
Silence from YRF studios, Inox could only mean good news!
While we wait for feedback, here's some trivia.
There has been speculation aplenty that Fan was inspired by the Robert DeNiro starrer The Fan. This wouldn't be the first time the superstar has chanelled DeNiro, his performance in Darr being a case in point. But Shah Rukh denied that there were any similarities between Fan and DeNiro's film. 10:41(IST) 10:40(IST) Meanwhile..
The first few reaction to
Fan seems to be that the superstar has “stepped out of his comfort zone” with this Maneesh Sharma-directed film. “The film lacks any songs and plays like a thriller. Only, it needs more teeth and tighter editing,” said an e arly report in the Hindustan Times. 10:34(IST) 10:32(IST) Live from Inox:
SRK is courageous to try out so many shades of grey in his "real-life" character.
IMHO, Gaurav Chaan-na will get Best Actor. Aryan Khanna Best Supporting Actor. #Fantrending 10:29(IST) Live from Yash Raj Studios:
A fight scene in the first 10 minutes where no one flew, and SRK got beaten up. I'm already loving this.
Shah Rukh Khan gives tribute to his own stardom through a well choreographed performance. Sounds narcissitic? It is. But it's also super cute.
10:24(IST) First inputs from Inox Cr2, Nariman Point, from a friend of Firstpost:
- The occupancy in 60 %. Fan has begun! First reactions are:
- Make up: good - Accent: irritating - Great dialogues by Gaurav to the crowds outside Mannat - Aryan Khanna and Gaurav connect via.. you guessed it.. Facebook! 10:22(IST) Live screening from Yash raj studios. 10 minutues in and this is what can be overheard:
"I think a few critics whistled when Fan started"
"Oh god, it's true, They did put in way too much money into making a good looking Shah Rukh Khan look ugly."
Firstpost critic Anna Vetticad catches first day first show of Fan 10:06(IST) Here we go!
Fan has hit theatres and we couldn't be more excited! Firstpost is going to live-tweet and Live-blog a screening of Fan from Yash Raj studios, PVR cr2 Mall, and then later from Chandan cinema Juhu.
For an actor who has enthralled audiences with his romantic hero image, the premise of Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film
Fan might seem a tad narcissistic. Fan starts with the story of an usual boy named Gaurav who is based in Delhi, who is a huge fan of superstar Aryan Khanna (both characters played by Shah Rukh Khan). The film picks up pace as Gaurav embarks on a journey from Delhi to Mumbai to to wish Aryan on his birthday. Incidentally, Gaurav bears a striking resemblance to Aryan.
However, very soon things start to go a bit haywire and not as per plan, and Gaurav's passion for his favourite actor turns into an obsession that borders on dangerous.
Shah Rukh Khan in 'Fan'. Youtube screen grab.
Fan has been produced at a budget of Rs 85 crore by Yash Raj Films, and is Shah Rukh Khan's first release of 2016. The film has been several years in the making and has been delayed twice due to the heavy VFX in the film (in making Shah Rukh Khan look like two different people) and because of SRK's knee injuries that forced him to take breaks in the middle.
In fact the idea of the film came to veteran filmmaker Yash Raj Films close to 8 years ago. Three-time Academy Award winning make-up artist Greg Cannom had been roped in to put together Gaurav and Aryan's look in
Fan. Cannom has films such as The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Van Helsing, and A Beautiful Mind to his credit. He also worked on Rishi Kapoor's look in Kapoor & Sons. Fan also stars Waluscha D'Souza, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Sayani Gupta. Shah Rukh Khan has always been extremely invested in the marketing of his films, and Fan was no different. The promotions kick started many months ago when SRK unveiled a huge mural of Fan outside his bungalow Mannat. The Fan logo is made up of a collage of pictures of all SRK fans. The Fan anthem, composed by Vishal-Shekhar and written by Varun Grover, has been released in 8 different languages.
The film has been shot in Mumbai, Croatia, London and Delhi. Yash Rak Films has been extremely secretive about the plot and before Shah Rukh Khan's look was revealed to the public, it was kept completely under wraps. Infact nobody, including SRK himself, was allowed to use phones on the shoot.
Shah Rukh Khan had to go through 3D scanning to play a younger boy, and his avatar as Gaurav has also
been placed at London's Madam Tussauds museum. According to this Business Standard report, Fan has been released in 3000 screens across India and 700 screens abroad. In order to make profits, Fan will have to rake in over 200 crore at the box office.