scores with fluffy yet substantial `Student Of The Year`
After love your parents message, Karan Johar now talks about loving your friends in his latest film "Student Of The Year" (SOTY).
"Student Of The Year" is light and fluffy, yet full of substance. The lead threesome - Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt - are adorable.
The narrative goes back and forth in a similar fashion that was witnessed in "Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na". School friends meet after a decade of leaving school when they come to meet their dean, Yogendra Vashisth (Rishi Kapoor) who is unwell and recap their final year in school.
They studied in St. Teresa, a formidable school where kids of rich and famous mingle with hardworking scholars. The contrast is evident when the have-nots are at the beck and call of the creme de la creme.
The rich and flamboyant, Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) is the heartthrob of the school. Shanaya (Alia Bhatt) is his taken for granted girlfriend. Life is hunky dory, till Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth Malhotra) enters.
SOTY is quite unpredictable. Instead of the regular cliched rivalry, here are two friends who bond together, till circumstances push them away.
For those who are not into teenybopper may find the film dragging in parts. It`s only post-interval when the competition for the Student of the Year Award hots up that the viewer is glued to his seat. The pace of the film picks up and we wonder who will walk away with the coveted trophy?
The film emits Karan Johar`s pink humour in plenty.
Rishi Kapoor as the gay dean with a roving eye and soft corner for sports coach, played by Ronit Roy, is fabulous. The scene where he throws the `dafli` at the coach`s wife during the sangeet ceremony of Rohana`s brother is thoroughly enjoyable.
The camera does not miss any opportunity to capture the best of the male leads Siddharth and Varun, with their six-pack abs et al. A treat for the eyes of many.
In terms of performances, all the three debutants are confidence personified. Siddharth is a bit stiff in certain scenes, whereas Alia Bhatt obviously has acting in her genes. But it is Varun Dhawan who steals the show with his charismatic and endearing performance. He is spontaneous and an elegant dancer.
Niranjan Iyengar`s dialogues have their moments. With puns and rhymes, he wows the audiences.
Alia`s dialouge that her marriage will not be decided by `rab` (god in Punjabi), but at the rich wife`s club elicits lots of laughter.
If Rensil D`silva`s screenplay is sleek, production quality is visually appealing, glossy and vibrant. Vishal-Shekhar`s young, peppy and soulful compositions are enjoyable and foot-tapping.
Overall, the film is larger than life. A blend of "High School Musical" and Julia Robert`s "Monalisa Smile" is an enjoyable combination.
Definitely worth a watch.
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The road from youth to adulthood is paved with myriad emotions and Student Of The Year celebrates this colorful coming of age. It is the story of Abhimanyu Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) and Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) who traverse the path of competition, envy, triumph, failure, manipulation and heartbreak in their mini-universe of St. Teresa’s High School, Dehradun.Abhimanyu Singh a.k.a Abhi comes from a middle-class family and wants to achieve great heights of success and prosperity, the first step to which will be the Student of the Year trophy while Rohan Nanda a.k.a Ro, is the son of a business tycoon who grapples with a complex relationship with his father and knows that winning the Student Of the Year trophy will bag him the approval that he subconsciously craves for.When the two protagonists with distinct backgrounds and clear goals clash with each other in the locker room, football field and the canteen, there is no question in anyone’s mind that the preset equations of the St.T’scampus were about to change.
When Abhi and Rohan’s rivalry takes an unexpected turn to friendship, neitherpre-emptsthe complications that would brew. Things are further knotted up when Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt), the most popular girl on the campus enters the equation. While Shanaya and Rohan are childhood sweethearts, Abhi’s attraction for his best friend’s girlfriend and Shanaya’squiet reciprocation causes a rift in their friendship that would have a long lasting impact. Looming large over the various friendships in the campus is the Student Of The year trophy and Dean YogendraVasisht’s (Rishi Kapoor) emphasis on success and victory. Towards the end of the term, the foes-turned-friends-turned foes, Abhi and Rohan, are ready for a face-off and battle lines are drawn through the length and breadth of the campus, with only one goal in everyone’s eyes - Student Of The Year Trophy. As new ambitions are born and old loyalties fall by the wayside, each segment of the Student Of The Year competition manages to tear apart both, the participants and the spectators,to redefine the choices of the three protagonists.
What will Abhimanyu choose? Victory or Friendship?
What willRohan choose?Victory or Dreams?
What will Shanaya choose?Victory or Emotions?