Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Fan’ Aims To Continue Movie Megastar’s Global Hit Streak
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will be looking to continue his long hot streak at the global box office by notching his fourth straight 3.8+ billion rupee (US$55+ million) grosser when his new film Fan opens across India and around the world on April 15.
Fan features the 50 year-old SRK in dual roles, playing both a movie idol and a 24 year-old fan who is dangerously obsessed with the star. The filmmakers employed prosthetics and digital visual effects to help Khan create a convincing look for the younger role, and to enable scenes where both his characters appear together on screen.
Fan marks the ninth collaboration between Khan and legendary Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra and his Yash Raj Films. Their mutually lucrative relationship dates back to 1993, when Khan starred as an obsessive lover in the romantic psychological thriller Darr: A Violent Love Story. The Baadshah received a Filmfare Award nomination for “Best Villain,” though he lost out to Paresh Rawal who took the trophy for his performance in Sir.
Mumbai-based production-distribution powerhouse Yash Raj is hoping that King Khan’s good fortune will rub off and help it to break its own recent slump at India’s theaters. Its last major hits were the Abishek Bachchan-Aamir Khan action thriller Dhoom 3 in 2013, and before that the Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif action spy pic Ek Tha Tiger in 2012.
Khan, for his part, been so successful with his recent films–Dilwale (394 Crore rupees / $59 million) in 2015; Happy New Year (385 Crore / $57 million) in 2014, and Chennai Express (423 Crore / $63 million) in 2013–that Forbes recently named him India’s #1 celebrity on its “India Celebrity 100 list.”
Fan‘s story is similar to, and perhaps inspired by, the 1996 Tony Scott directed film The Fan, which centered on a down-on-his-luck hunting knife salesman and his unhealthy obsession with a major league baseball star. That film, which starred Robert De Niro as the fan and Wesley Snipes as his ballplayer idol, failed to click with audiences, earning just $18.6 million in North American box office receipts against a production budget of $55 million.
Of course, in the American drama De Niro didn’t dance and sing about his adoration of his idol the way that King Khan does in Fan. And that just may be the crucial difference that makes the Bollywood thriller a blockbuster hit.