Playing a superstar was more challenging, says SRK

Playing a superstar was more challenging, says SRK

Candid talk

Quashing rumours that his upcoming film Fan is a remake of 1996 thriller The Fan, actor Shah Rukh Khan says that it is not even close to the Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes starrer.

“No, not at all! There are no similarities. I saw that film (The Fan) years back. I have seen another one and have read some books. However, I did tell Maneesh (Sharma) that we should see them just for reference. Our film is not even close to it,” said Khan at a promotional event at PVR Superplex, Logix City Center, Noida.

So how does his film stand apart? “Everybody says that their film is hatke (different), but I wouldn’t want to say that. However, Maneesh’s idea is very unique, and I think it hasn’t been portrayed before. Specifically the storytelling which has one character with so much age difference in a visually appealing way hasn’t been attempted before. Besides that, there are no songs in the film, which is both good and bad. I believe, Fan is an international style thriller which is emotional as well. So I won’t call it very different yet it is different in a way,” Khan told Metrolife.

Fan, slated for release on April 15, portrays Khan in a double role of a superstar Aryan Khanna and an obsessed fan named Gaurav. On whether he has ever been annoyed with a fan, he quipped, “I am not annoyed with fans or people who are not my fans. People say all things to you especially in today’s social media age. So that is alright. I think it is mostly girls who are my fans and they have never misbehaved with me,” said the 50-year-old, adding that he is a “big fan” of his children.

Negating claims that he might be looking for ‘serious roles’ with his next ventures including Raaes and Gauri Shinde’s untitled film, he clarified that he shot for Fan much before Dilwale. “Unfortunately because of the injury and VFX (visual effects), Fan had to be postponed,” mentioned the Chak De! India actor.

He asserted that it was his role as a superstar that was “more challenging”. “Maneesh was clear that I won’t play myself in the film. So Aryan Khanna is a little more practical than me, little more mature than me, and a realist. I believe the flamboyance I have in real life is not in Aryan. Being a movie star (in real life) and to play it differently (on reel) was way more challenging,” averred the star.

The actor added, “The character of Gaurav took a lot of effort. We used to sit for make up for two-four hours. There was a scene where both the characters are face to face and it took us 20 hours to shoot it. It was a very difficult process to modulate my voice for long stretches. Having said that, the way Maneesh wrote the script helped me tremendously.”

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