Fan is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Maneesh Sharma and co-written by Sharma and Habib Faisal. Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film stars Shah Rukh Khan in a double role as filmstar Aryan Khanna and obsessive fan Gaurav Chandna, who look just like each other. Gaurav beats up a rival actor to appease Aryan, but is instead punished by his idol; heartbroken, the fan plans revenge. It also stars Shriya Pilgaonkar and Waluscha de Sousa in supporting roles.
Sharma had originally conceived the idea of Fan in 2006 and recited the story to Chopra, who advised him against the challenging project for his directorial debut. In the same year, Yash Chopra read it to Khan, who expressed interest in being part of the project. The project was revived in late 2013, and Khan underwent 3D scanning in 2014. Principal photography began in July 2014 and was completed by November 2015. Fan was a songless film; a soundtrack album consisting of a marketing song in different languages was composed by Vishal–Shekhar and the original score was done by Andrea Guerra.
Fan was heavily marketed; after several delays, it was released internationally on 15 April 2016. The film opened to positive reviews from critics, who praised Khan’s performance in the film, with criticism focused on the editing and the loosely written script. The film collected ₹1.2 billion in India and ₹679 million from overseas territories, for a total of ₹1.88 billion against a production budget of ₹1.05 billion. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, Fan received the Filmfare Award for Best Special Effects. The film was commercially unsuccessful at the Indian Box office, but managed to succeed overseas.
Gaurav Chandna is a Delhi-based die-hard and obsessive fan of Bollywood superstar Aryan Khanna. He harbours a crush on Neha, his friend and neighbour who works at a call centre. Gaurav’s face bears an uncanny similarity to Aryan’s, which helps him win the local talent show by impersonating Aryan. Encouraged by his parents, he embarks on a train journey to Mumbai to meet Aryan and present him with the trophy won by impersonating him.
When Sid Kapoor, a fellow actor, expresses harsh sentiments about Aryan to the press, an infuriated Gaurav beats him and makes him apologise to Aryan while he records it. The video is uploaded to the Internet, where Aryan sees it and has Gaurav arrested. Gaurav is mercilessly beaten in jail, where Aryan angrily reprimands him, declaring that Gaurav is not his fan and that he had Gaurav arrested. Gaurav asks for five minutes of Aryan’s time, at which Aryan scoffs at giving the fan even five seconds. Devastated, Gaurav returns home and burns all of his Aryan memorabilia, vowing revenge against Aryan for turning away his fan.
A year later in London, Gaurav goes to Madame Tussauds wax museum, impersonating Aryan and purposely creating a havoc which leads to Aryan being arrested by police. Released on bail, Aryan receives a call from Gaurav who reveals what he did and offers to stop troubling Aryan if he will apologise. Aryan refuses, and Gaurav disguises himself as a crew-member on Aryan’s show.
Aryan is scheduled to perform at the wedding of a billionaire’s daughter in Dubrovnik, Croatia. After performing a dance show, Aryan receives a card with the message “Say sorry”, and realises that Gaurav is nearby. Meanwhile, Gaurav poses as Aryan and molests the billionaire’s daughter. The billionaire berates the real Aryan and makes him leave the event. Outside, Aryan spots Gaurav and chases him, though Gaurav escapes. The molestation incident is reported by the media, resulting in a tarnished reputation and boycotts of Aryan’s shows.
Gaurav invades Aryan’s home in India and vandalises his trophy collection, even frightening his wife Bela and children. Aryan visits Gaurav’s parents and meets Neha, Gaurav’s neighbour and crush. With their help, Aryan impersonates Gaurav at the local talent show; he declares Gaurav’s love to Neha and tells about Gaurav’s acts, to the ire of the audience. This provokes Gaurav, who shoots at Aryan with a gun. Aryan chases Gaurav and subdues him after a bloody fight. Aryan asks Gaurav to give up impersonating him and live a normal life. Gaurav responds by telling Aryan that he has destroyed his life and reminds him that he has not apologised yet. Gaurav flings himself off the roof, dying with a smile.
Aryan’s name is cleared from all the controversies, but the ordeal haunts him and his name is linked with Gaurav’s both in his mind and in the eyes of the public. On his next birthday, Aryan goes out to the roof to greet his fans. When he is about to turn, he sees a haunting glimpse of Gaurav in the crowd, smiling up at him, upon which he turns back to the crowd with greater respect and appreciation. Before the credits roll, several photos Gaurav took on his phone throughout the film are shown.
The cast is listed below.
Shah Rukh Khan as Aryan Khanna and Gaurav Chandna
Sayani Gupta as Sunaina
Shriya Pilgaonkar as Neha
Waluscha de Sousa as Bela Khanna
Yogendra Tiku as Gaurav’s father
Deepika Amin as Gaurav’s mother
Amarjeet Singh as Show Host
Taher Shabbir as Sid Kapoor
Parveen Kaur as Train Passenger Aunty
Megha Gupta as Payal