Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan has fallen foul of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and has met the same fate as James Bond’s last outing Spectre, Priyanka Chopra’s Jai Gangaajal and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. A day after director Maneesh Sharma managed to bag the U/A certificate from CBFC, reports claimed that the film has undergone at least seven cuts, including one visual cut.
The DNA reported on Friday that a scene was cut short as it showed “prolonged police brutality”. Shah Rukh, who plays the obsessive star stalker Gaurav Chanana, is being thrashed in lock-up while the star Aryan Khanna (also played by SRK) urges the cops to continue the merciless thrashing. DNA quoted a source as saying, “The scene of prolonged violence in a lock-up where one Shah Rukh Khan urges the cops to beat up the other Shah Rukh was found to be unnecessarily prolonged. The censor board has asked for the sequence to be reduced by 50%.”
The film has received six verbal cuts, including Hindi and English cuss words and abuses.
The film revolves around a fan, who is a doppelganger of his favorite star, Aryan Khanna. SRK plays a double role and at least one of his characters displays shades of grey.
At the launch of Fan anthem, SRK was asked about the similarities between his psychotic obsessive roles from Darr and Anjaam, and Fan. He said, “No not really...the role (of Gaurav) is different from what one saw me doing in Darr, Baazigar. These are anti-hero. In this film, he is not a psychotic lover. It’s the story of a young boy and his love for a superstar.”
Interestingly, Fan runs for 140 minutes and does not have even one song although it has a promotional number. It remains to be seen whether the film’s concept will work with the audience. Director Maneesh Sharma told Hindustan Times, “It’s a film with no songs. Though we never planned to have a track in it, we wanted to see Gaurav (Shah Rukh’s character in the film) dance to a fun number. We also wanted to have a song that would depict the emotions of a fan. It’s an exciting dance number. I am sure the audience will enjoy it.”
Starring Waluscha De Sousa, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Deepika Amin, Fan is slated to hit theatres on April 15. Hindustan Times could not independently verify the report.