I recently watched Shah Rukh Khan's new film called Fan. It's the King of Bollywood's latest box office hit. After the much-hyped Dilwale's flop SRK has come out big with this one both in terms of acting as well as taking Bollywood film-making and storytelling to Hollywood heights.  

Cape Fear vs Fan

In Cape Fear Robert DeNiro's character Cady Max is wrongly accused of a crime and ends up spending 14 years in prison. After his release, he goes straight for the kill and starts harassing Nick Nolte, his lawyer at the time, and his family. Just like the psychotic Max, Gaurav too ends up at Anand's mansion and threatens his wife and daughter with a gun.

Shahrukh Khan's Baazigar and Darr is heavily influenced by Robert DeNiro's Cape Fear even then in the early 90s. The scene where Max goes to the air hostess and asks about the lawyer's final destination has been used in Baazigar. And in Darr the ending 'boat scene' where Shahrukh dies at the hands of the heroine's husband has also been taken from Cape Fear. It's Cape Fear all over again. Since Anand can't prove his innocence the superstar finds himself running away from the law and ends up chasing Gaurav all the way back to the fan's hometown. Think No Country for Old Man chase where Javier Bardem is on a non-stop hunt for Josh Brolin's character. The star threatens to hurt Gaurav's girlfriend. They finally meet and clash with each other until one of them die. It's Gaurav who chooses to commit suicide in the end. 

Hollywood treatment

Usually, it's Bollywood doing the Hollywood remakes.

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I have been disappointed by the Indian cinema on many occasions whenever the matter of authenticity and Bollywood using original script was concerned. For instance, throughout my life, I always thought that the iconic Sholay was an original concept in the Indian film industry. It came to me as a shock, after many such shocks, to find out that the film was based on the Hollywood cowboy-classic film Once Upon A Time in the West. It's directed by Sergio Leone playing to the tune of the late legendary composer Ennio Morricone. 

Then Shah Rukh Khan dropped Devdas in 2006. My views regarding the Indian cinema producing an authentic Indian film using an Indian narrative changed somewhat. Fast forward to 2016 King Khan has, once again, changed the Indian filmmaking scene with the release of Fan. The plot is so Hollywood that, at times, you forget that you're watching a Bollywood flick. As if the script of Fan is originally written by the master of suspense (not Hitchcock. This is the millennials now) M.

Night Shyamalan of The Sixth Sense fame with the best action hero Tom Cruise in mind. 

The absence of music which is the core ingredient and on which a Bollywood film solely depends on is absolute. Even when the RL Mr. Khan is doing his usual dance routines in the background a song that usually comes to play in the most suspenseful of scenes is absent. Instead what you hear is amazing background music, not a Bollywood beat or a song, fitting perfectly well with the scenario. It's a kind of an action-thriller film that Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas and Tom Cruise (even Keanu Reeves who has been trying to launch himself in another avatar) would sign up for. I would even suggest the script to the new action hero Matt Damon. Srk's Fan surely deserves the Hollywood treatment that films like The Sentinel, No Country For Old Men and Cape Fear have gotten.

Other honorable mention should go to Lagaan (2001) and Salman Khan's 2016 record breaking hit Sultan. I think Sultan, even though it has that Rocky and Creed elements, should be nominated for an Oscar Award in the International category at least. The film's narrative, though long and Bollywood-centric, comes under a Rocky-like film category. The UFC fight sequences state-of-the-art equipment is of par excellence and too fantastic for a Bollywood film. The edge-of-the-seat background score during the fight scenes alone is worthy of an Oscar Award.