'Fan' poster
"Fan" is now the second highest Bollywood grosser of 2016. Pictured: SRK's Gaurav Chandana chases superstar Aryan Khanna in this new poster.Fan The Film/ Twitter

Maneesh Sharma's directorial thriller drama "Fan," starring Shah Rukh Khan in a double role, has received positive reviews from critics. The film was released in the UAE market on Thursday, a day before its worldwide release.

Critics from the UAE region have praised Shah Rukh-starrer "Fan" and said that it is definitely worth a watch. The first half of the film is good, but the film slacks in the second half. However, critics feel that the film can be watched in theatres.

Check out photos of Shah Rukh promoting "Fan" in Delhi here.

Read IBTimes review of "FAN"

Lokesh Dharmani of Masala.com said: "Fan is implausible, unreasonable and unconvincing. And RJs don't EVER speak the way they do in Hindi films, even if they are presenters in London. Argh."

Gulf News critic Manjusha Radhakrishnan said: "Watch this if you are a die-hard fan of Khan, but don't expect an unpredictable thriller. The key here is to manage your expectations and you will walk home smiling at having seen an engaging drama about a stupid fan and a faultless superstar." 

Sneha May Francis of Emirates 24/7 said: "The tale, written by Habib Faisal, is intriguing even if appears heavily inspired by a certain Hollywood movie of the same title, but it's stretched out to clock 150-minutes of screen time. It's an intriguing journey that Manish Sharma weaves, but one that, unfortunately, doesn't end well."

RJ and actor Tarana Raja tweeted: Just saw #Fan. Take a bow @iamsrk. Actually take 2!! Nailed it. Swades & Chak de fans rejoice. Our Shahrukh is back!

Divya Pal of IBNLive said: "Fans erupt into joy with the very first shot of @iamsrk. We are expecting the cheer to be unstoppable throughout the film. Fan offers several moments that will make it tough for you to take your eyes off the screen. Chase sequence of Gaurav, Aryan will have you on edge of your seat. Tension builds up, you wait to know what will happen next #Fan."

Kamaal R Khan tweeted: Maneesh Sharma Sahab, Ek Kahawat Hai, Ki Nakal Karne Ke Liye Bhi, Akal Ki Zaroorat Hoti Hai n it's proved with your chutiyapa in #FAN. Whole world can learn from director Maneesh Sharma, how to totally destroy a film in 2nd half with great nonsense. My 0* to 2nd half of #Fan What a terrific n Zabardast film #FAN and what a great acting of @iamsrk! It's Full of human emotions. My 4* to first half.

Here is a 20-sec review of "Fan" by Ankit Ojha of Cinema Elite.

Produced by Yash Raj Films, "Fan" features Shah Rukh in the lead role, and Waluscha de Sousa, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Deepika Amin and Yogendra Tiku in pivotal roles.

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