Student of the Year
Director: Karan Johar
College, rich kids, not so rich kids and a whole lot of fashion, dance and somewhere there is a competition called “Student of the Year”. You have to got to hand it to director Karan Johar that he does know how to keep the audience entertained and deliver a message at the same time. The opening sequences for each of the new actors Siddharth Malhotra as Abhimanyu, Varun Dhawan as Rohan and Alia Bhatt as Shanaya was cool. So let’s get to the story.
Student of the Year is a trophy, which gives the students of St Teresa High School a chance to win a scholarship for their college education, and the competition includes an IQ Test, Dance and Trialothon.
Abhimanyu is from a middle class family and it means the world to him to get this scholarship but in his plan he never realized that he would end up falling in love with Shanaya. He becomes best friends with Rohan whose dad is the Chief Trustee of the College and a famous business tycoon that Abhimanyu looks up to.
A sour father-son relationship between Rohan and his dad played by Ram Kapoor sort of reminds you of Amitabh Bachan and Jaya Bachan from Karan’s other film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham to their adopted son Shahrukh Khan. While Rohan wants to prove his father otherwise Abhimanyu is under a test of both friendship and love, you will have to watch and see which one takes over.
On a lighter note, this was daring but only a brilliant actor like Rishi Kapoor could have played the Dean of St Teresa and be gay in his manner. He has the hots for the coach who is played by TV Superstar Ronit Roy. The scenes between the two are funny and here again you see the trend of Karan Johar playing the card of creating a gay couple since the formula worked in his Production Kal Ho Na Ho.
In the end what’s new with this Karan Johar film, lots from the technical crew, choreographers, music directors and the three main leads. He took a risk and it will work because this is easily a commercial success. But when it comes to the story, I did like it because it transports you to a school and story that you wish you could have been through as a teenage fantasy. My favorite scene was during the wedding reception and there is interaction going on between Shanaya, Rohan and Abhimanyu and you can tell each loves the other but as audience you get to watch and not hear the dialogues because they are taken over by a beautiful piano piece of music. On a serious note Karan has used all his tricks to safeguard the commercial success and it will work for him. The film is an eye candy and has great songs that will rock for a long time to come so that’s a nice wrap.