Ever since Gaurav was introduced, FAN was on the top of my list for this year’s must watch movies. I found the concept of a fan’s connection to his star very compelling but after watching the trailer of FAN, all my curiosity has been dumped to dustbin.
In India fandom has a different meaning especially for fans of movie and cricket stars. The love, the big stars get in India is unlike anywhere you will find. We have all heard some of the crazy things these die hard fans can do for their own God like bathing their star’s large cutouts with milk, marrying their photos,building temples, keeping fast, naming their kids after the stars and what not. Well, cricketers can also have their effigies burning if India loses a match. Heck, people don’t support their local IPL team too. They don’t celebrate their own birthday with so much enthusiasm as they do for their stars.They can stand all day long outside their house with a placard reading ‘I love u’.
For neutrals like us, these fans are beyond our understanding. They always make us wonder ‘Don’t they have life ??’. You almost feel like calling them mad, but it would be really rude. A connection between a star and his fans is a thing of intrigue for me. Just like planets revolve around a star, the lives of fan revolve around their stars. Anything happening to Sun is a concern for Earth and anything going on with a star’s life affect his fan’s life. No Sachin, No Cricket. A new life starts. Swallowing food becomes difficult, swallowing achievements of younger stars become difficult. When a Star retires, for us its end of an era , for fans life loses meaning.
So when you have Shahrukh Khan and his legion of fans, you have something on your hand. The concept of fandom to be explored. Present us the intricacies of this strong bond. Dive into the minds of a fan, swim in the feelings of their heart and come out with the reasons behind this unconditional love. There is so much to see, think and accept for us neutrals. The prospect of witnessing Shahrukh Khan and his connection with fans was too much for me to miss or even wait. But the just released trailer of Fan proved to be a damp squib. I wanted to see unadulterated obsession(i know ‘obsession’ is itself a negative word) like what Lance Armstrong’s fan had for him even when USADA proved that all his championships were a big farce. Not until he himself admitted, people were not convinced.
FAN gives us a story of a loser, like those roadside romeos who cannot accept ‘NO’ from a girl. From being someone who can love them to the world’s end to being their harasser. Gaurav is ready to do anything to meet his idol. He will jump security like thisHe will ask Aryan Khanna for five minutes out of his busy schedule. Well if you knock down someone’s security personnel(or may be friend), that person has got to be angry and at the spur of moment will refuse your proposal.
Now what to do ?? All your life, you were concerned with the well being of this person and he treats you like this. You are very hurt and decide to teach him a lesson. You start this by stalking him and disrupting his work.
After all this, that person comes to know your intention and thus confronts you. An altercation takes place and that person leaves you with a warning. This makes you all more determined to drive point your home and now you will do everything in your capacity to bring down his name.
Now you are more than a stalker to this person. You are not only dangerous to him but also his friends and family. He cannot take you lightly and decides to beat you at your own game. Since you both look similar, you transform into each other with prosthetic makeup
This cat and mouse game goes on and we don’t get anything new. What could have been a masterpiece will now just be a BULLSHIT. A huge opportunity missed.
NOTE : All the images have been procured through Google images.