The Fandom Menace

Unbeknownst to us, there is a star and a fan of the star lurking behind in all of us.

And of course, there is a ‘fan’ in the word fanatical!



You are a fan of a celebrity for reasons best known to you. And those reason may sound ridiculous to the fan of another celebrity and so on and so forth.

So who exactly is a fan? And does the celebrity really acknowledges the fact that fans maketh the star…the legend and not the other way round?

Does following the celeb and painstakingly aping the mannerisms, sartorial style, voice and body language automatically qualify you for a tryst with that celebrity. Or is it a tryst with something else altogether.

The first thing that comes to your mind about Manish Sharma’s Fan is that it’s a very unique film. You get to see both the perspective of the star and the fan. You root for the fan and at the same time, you relate to the anxiety and discomfort of the celebrity.

It’s tongue in cheek and serious, all at the same time. There isn’t a single shot where superstar Aryan Khanna, played by SRK, shooting or involved in the process of making a movie. It’s about how the life is outside of the silver screen. Being at Madame Tussaud’s, giving interviews and press conferences, dancing at rich people’s weddings, world tours for the NRI diaspora, etc. In a way, it’s about keeping the legend alive, outside of the silver screen.

Most importantly, why do fans behave irrationally, and even worse, fanatically? Manish Sharma tries to answer these difficult question and he comes up with the best answer possible. That there is no rhyme and reason for a fan’s behavior.

And that’s exactly what makes him a fan.


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