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Shah Rukh Khan's 'Fan' Unfairly Branded A Disappointing Flop

Discussion in 'Fan' started by tasifa, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. tasifa

    tasifa which means Blue Eyes in Thai.

    Shah Rukh Khan's 'Fan' Unfairly Branded A Disappointing Flop

    Don Groves
    APR 24, 2016 @ 06:41 PM

    Indian film actor Shah Rukh Khan (L) poses with a wax figure of himself at a photocall at Madame Tussauds to promote his film ‘Fan’ in London on April 13, 2016. (Photo credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    When a Hindi film earns 71.50 crore ($10.5 million) in India and $7.7 million in the rest of the world in its first week, chances are that would be hailed by local media and the Bollywood industry at large as a pretty decent result.

    Not so for Shah Rukh Khan, who is held, unfairly, to a rather higher standard in a stellar 22-year career which has generated nine movies that each grossed more than $10 million internationally and now 11 that have surpassed $10 million in India.

    True, the expectations were higher for Fan, the Maneesh Sharma- directed thriller in which he plays a movie star and his 25-year-old look-alike fan. Even so, the opening week was the second biggest for a Hindi release in its home market this year trailing Raja Menon’s Airlift’s 83.5 crore ($12.5 million). Produced by Yash Raj Films, the film has taken 76.5 crore ($11.5 million) in nine days and is already the ninth biggest of the superstar’s career in India, overtaking Chak De! India (2007) and My Name Is Khan (2010).

    Yet there is carping from sections of the Indian media. Koimoi.com’s Joginder Tuteja branded the Indian business a “commercial disappointment as the film continued to go down during the weekdays after a weekend that had stayed flat”– as well as disheartening for all in the industry who were looking forward to “yet another quality product and a money spinner from Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Raj Films.”

    Arguably SRK’s expectations were more realistic than those of his fans and some commentators. Last week he told PTI the thriller is not “a film that heartland audience will like it. But we took a chance thinking hopefully they (audience) will like it, but they need song and dance.

    “Language is a barrier, not everyone watches English, Spanish film. So, null ; the heartland people are not going to understand. I don’t think anyone is hypocrite in this.”

    The film has raked in $2.1 million after its second weekend in the U.S. and is yet to play in China, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam and Korea so there is plenty of upside. In a video post on Twitter TWTR -1.60%, the 50-year-old actor thanked his fans worldwide for their supporting, stating, “We are extremely thankful that you liked it so much because it’s a very different film. We never expected it to be embraced so lovingly and so universally. Thank you so much all around the world for liking it.”

    Fan faced minimal competition from the launch of Hindi crime caper Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd, which took an estimated 3 crore ($450,000) on Friday and Saturday after arousing the ire of some Sikhs who said the trailer and poster were offensive and defamed the Sikh community. Cinemas in Chembur, Sion, Mulund, Dadar, Juhu and Andheri were forced to halt screenings on Friday after protests led by Congressman Charan Singh Sapra, who had unsuccessfully petitioned the Bombay High Court to try to delay the release.

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  2. Dea

    Dea ♥SRK-Gauri♥

    so who says it's a flop? ridiculous
  3. KKhan

    KKhan Well-Known Member

    to be factual in the overseas fan is a hit-superhit and in the domestic (India) box office it will be a average/above average and considering it was a film that shahrukh said he was not sure how it will do its done well - this type of genre does not really work in India many are saying a lot of things about the commercial sttus of the film to gain themselves some attention its silly they need to grow up
  4. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    The media has no credibility at all. Idiots!
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  5. Journey95

    Journey95 Guest

    It was sadly a flop according to Box Office India and they are usually right so...
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