Student of the year – movie review


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StarringSiddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sana Sayed, Rishi Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor.

Director Karan Johar.

First of all, kudos to Karan Johar for taking the big risk. He has not only launched 3 new-comers with this movie, but he has also launched them in a sophisticated and lavish way. That was a risk financially. But, the 4 live up to the audiences’ expectations and how! SOTY is the WOTY. (winner of the year)
Its a typical Karan Johar movie. Lavish and stylish sets, lots of gloss, lots of leather jackets, lots of love and lots of amazing locations. And as in recent times, lots of gay jokes, lots of “cool” quotient and lots of hilarity and youthfulness.

The story revolves around a cup, the student of the year cup, and how it changes the relationships and lives of the friends vying for it.
Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan), son of a business tycoon, wants to be a rock-star, which is why the relationship with his dad is sour. But he enjoys all the privileges of the son-of-a-rich-dad, driving latest SUVs and living off his dad’s credit cards and cannot take his hands off girls.
Shanaya Singhaniya, (Alia Bhatt) is his girl-friend. She is another rich parents’ daughter who are more interested in gossip and money than her feelings. She is also a confused soul and uninhibited.

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Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth Malhotra), an orphan, a rebel and the cool-dude of the campus, is a threat and a competitor to Rohan’s image and status in the college.

[And a special mention to Sana Sayed, the Anjali of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. She plays a completely contrast character here, that of a bitch with loads of attitude.]

All is well until here, but all hell breaks loose when Rohan and Varun become best friends!
How the relationships of a group of friends get strained in the pursuit of the trophy forms the crux of the story.

Everything about the movie is wonderful. The story, although, is a bit like old-wine-in-new-bottle, the bottle is so damn wonderful that you immediately like the wine in it. Entry of three proteges is shot beautifully (for much whistles and shouts!) and the songs are peppy, youthful and drool-worthy. They look nothing like college-going students with those abs and athletic bodies but who cares as long as we are having fun! The locations are so amazing that you immediately want to visit them too! The back-ground score is totally in sync with the proceedings, especially in the second half where the competition is all set. And the costumes make all the people look even more adorable!

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Both the hunks give ample competition to Alia in the field of skin show. For me, personally, Alia wins of course! 😉
Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor are aptly cast and enthrall the audiences with their performances. This talented ‘Bade Ache Lagte Hai’ guy needs to appear more and more on ‘bada parda’ instead of small screen.
The film doesn’t concentrate only on the lead trio. It also gives enough scope for all other actors to register themselves in the audiences’ minds. Again, Kudos to Karan for that. Best performance among non-lead is of a parsi character called Pseudo.

Yeah, since they are new, they still are a little raw while emoting intense scenes. It was really hilarious when they had to cry. But, of course, no male actor in Bollywood can cry (and not make you laugh while he is crying) as well as Shah Rukh Khan, so that’s passable.
There is not much chemistry between the actors although Rohan and Shanaya are shown to be in love since the beginning.
Couldn’t find anything else that was wrong with the movie.

Though Siddharth wins over Varun in terms of looks and screen-presence, but he is a little shaky while singing and dancing unlike Varun and Alia who seem to be perfectly at ease doing so. He also gives enough competition to John Abraham especially during those coming-out-of-water shots in Thailand.
Varun is a better dancer than an actor. But he performs his role of a man who has a strained relationship with his rich dad convincingly.
Alia is natural. She looks aesthetic and beautiful in all the costumes, be it a bikini, minis or jeans. Fortunately, this rich dad’s daughter isn’t spoilt brat and neither is the one with lots of unnecessary pride and attitude ela K3G’s Poo. She is rather sweet and homely and cute. Very cute. Very very cute. She looks the best when she appears in a Punjabi dress once.

But the best part of the movie is the casting of Rishi Kapoor as the gay Dean of the college. Lots of hilarity whenever he appears on the screen. To think that this was the same guy who played the fearful villain Rauf Lala in Agneepath not very long ago….
Oh wait, the best part is that the movie brings back the memories of KKHH. But the difference is, unlike KKHH, here the actors don’t actually seem to try so hard to look cool. They actually look cool and stylish!
No, the best part of the movie are the songs. Especially Ratta Maar and Radha. The music and lyrics linger around in your mind long after they are over. I didn’t find Disco Diwaane drool worthy. And of course there is Ishk wala Love.

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No, the best part is the slow-motion shots especially in the competition!
No, the best part is the special appearance by Kajol. She looks smokin’ hot in that black dress!
The best part of the movie is Alia Bhatt! Period.

Definitely watch it! Don’t question the existence of such awesome, neat, rich colleges, because we all know they don’t. Just go, sit back, watch and enjoy a travel in the Karan’s make-believe world.

About Jigar Doshi

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12 Responses to Student of the year – movie review

  1. Saketh says:

    Are you fu**ing kidding me??? The movie is a very cheap attempt with no story line and actually just using age old bollywood cliches……Surely a role model for all the youngsters…..Most pointless 2 hours of my life…..Cant believe people actually liked it.
    This is a better review

    • Jigar Doshi says:

      Language, Saketh..

      Well, yeah, it’s not to be watched for the story.. but for the make-believe world of Kjo and the beauty of it 🙂

      To each their own, Saketh 🙂

  2. Brandon says:

    Great movie I loved it .good work karon

  3. Aziz Khargonewala says:

    How Siddharth gets Alia is not shown, just imagine it, Also no dialogue for Gautami Gadgil Kapoor except “Chai loge beta?”
    Kapoors rocked in the movie. Whether Rishi Or Ram.
    I personally wanted a bed scene in the movie where Alia Sid are making out. Atleast Varun Alia’s scene should be there,even if for 5 seconds, it provides base for fantasy.

  4. Revathy says:

    such an engrossing review.. u made me feel as if i have to jus run n watch this movie NOW!!!! come wat may… 🙂

    i like ur style of narration…

  5. Swati Murti says:

    haha….as always said, KJo’s movies are all larger than life!!! the difference in KKHH and this would be that SRK, Kajol were already established and people knew that they weren’t college going so they had to make effort.. the newcomers simply make it easy….atleast the movie gives some fres faces to watch which has been missing since quite long in bollywood!!!

    • Jigar Doshi says:

      Yes, Swati..
      He always works only with established actors.. This was the first time that he worked with new-comers.. But then, the final product is so awesome, that you just can’t give enough praises to Karan 🙂

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