STUDENT OF THE YEAR movie review: Typical Karan Johar wala fluff!

Fri, October 19, 2012 11:01am UTC by 34 Comments
STUDENT OF THE YEAR movie review: Typical Karan Johar wala fluff!

Karan Johar gets it horribly wrong this time around with this high on gloss, supreme on toned bods, but low on substance romantic drama that fails to go beyond visual gratification

As you enter the theatre to watch Karan Johar’s larger-than-life production Student Of The Year, starring Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, there is a set of predictable elements your filmy mind automatically takes for granted. It’s a given that a KJo movie has to be promisingly ostentatious, supremely surreal and unbelievably unrealistic. You know that there will be a dream world crafted to perfection, there will be snow-clad mountains, pretty actors serenading in the best designer outfits, extravagant weddings and over-the-top emotional hoo-ha. But then you still anticipate a generous dose of drama and oodles of entertainment from the stylish director’s glossy creations.

You can’t deny the fact that Karan’s big on production value flicks hold the capacity to transport you into the world we all would like to be a part of. KJo surely knows how to sell frivolous fluff and fantasies. Sadly, the same can’t be said about his latest release Student Of The Year – starring Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt. The film has oodles of fluff but hardly any substance to hold your attention.

SOTY revolves around three youngsters: Rohan (Varun Dhawan), Abhimanyu (Siddharth Malhotra) and Shanaya (Alia Bhatt). Rohan is the son of India’s leading business tycoon (Ram Kapoor) who is confused about his on-and-off relationship with his girlfriend Shanaya. Abhimanyu comes from a middle class family and wants to win the world with his fierce competitiveness. The trio studies at St Teresa, one of India’s premier academic institutions (that clearly emphasises more on the physical development of its students and doesn’t care much about their IQ levels). So you see boys flexing their muscles and showcasing their washboard abs in almost every frame while girls pay more attention on their designer clothes and discuss the wonders of push-up bra!) It’s the place where the rich brats come to study in their Ferraris and Lamborghinis, and even the poorest of the poor ride swanky sports bike. Almost every student of St Teresa nurtures one dream, and that is to win the prestigious ‘Student of the year’ trophy that will bring fame and fortune along with it.

Interestingly, and quite typically, the film’s trio is amongst the biggest competitors in the race to bag the most coveted title. But as the competition heats up Abhimanyu realises that his friend Rohan is taking his long-time girlfriend Shanaya (the modern day Pooh, played irritatingly by Kareena Kapoor in Kjo’s 2001 directorial venture Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) for granted. Abhimanyu decides to help Shanaya to get Rohan’s bachpan ka pyar, but in the process he slowly develops a crush on her. Friends quickly turn formidable foes and now there are two things at the stake – the student of the year trophy and Shanaya’s love. Who will win the trophy and who will walk away with the girl? Or can one of the two deserving hunks win both? To get the answer to that one, you have to watch the film.

It’s a predictable plot that hardly offers anything out of the box and director Karan Johar, in his attempt to spice up the tale, adds too many frills and goes all out to glamorise the movie. So you have private jets all set to take you on a trip to Thailand at the drop of a hat. You have a lavish wedding in the exotic locale and an American school that boasts of amenities that can easily put our Olympic Villas to shame. Then there’s the prom, pompousness and irksome pretentions.

Johar’s leading men and the leading lady have been employed for enough of unnecessary, so-called aesthetically well put up, skin show, and the director hesitates in showing some restrain. You can’t help giggle when you see the boys emerging out of the sea in their teeny-weeny boxers with camera hovering over their torso – almost greedily – capturing every detail of their bod. It’s one thing to see John Abraham pulling his trunks beyond permissible limit to create a frenzy, but quite another to see Varun Dhawan flashing his butt crack as he comes out of the pool after a refreshing swimming section. Karan has definitely failed to ask the most critical question here – why?

As for the cast of the film, both Siddharth and Varun have done a good job. While Siddharth has a definite camera presence and exudes confidence, Varun and Alia have played their part decently. Rishi Kapoor’s gay character is intermittently funny. Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy are completely wasted. Vishal-Shekhar’s music is hummable, refreshing and foot tapping. Writer Rensil Dsilva’s script is muddled and the screenplay is predictable. We wish director KJo had managed to infuse some novelty into his story and gone beyond Louis Vuitton, Ferraris, I-pads and his usual Dostana connotations.

Rating: 2/5

* Poor – Avoid!

** Average – Give it a shot if you are desperate!

*** Good – One time watch!

**** Very good – Must watch!

***** Excellent – Don’t miss!

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  • gill lees

    wow, wat a review,i luved it, thank u bollywood life, atleast sum1 speaks the truth n give unbiased reviews..

  • AD

    Common!!! before reviewing atleast get the stats rite man…

    Kjo’s 2004 directorial venture Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham)
    Where you got this info from. For sure you dont watch movies …

    • Siddharth

      It was a directorial venture of his. A directorial venture is any movie that a director has directed – his venture. You’ll notice that the writer didn’t call it his debut directorial venture?

      Learn to read, dude.

  • Dipika

    Prathamesh Jadhav u did the great job.. this review is straight forward.. not like bollywood hungama’s Taran Adarsh who give this movie 4/5 .. for money

    • ankit

      acchi movie

  • Ricky

    Just 2 stars!!!!
    it’s time for you to go back to school already!

  • Badaam

    These guys look old enuf to b in uni. Did they flunk repeatedly?

  • dhi

    what??? 2 stars??? are u guys gone mad??? i just loved this movie…story and direction were brilliant… KJo made it again… i truly enjoyed watching this film…

  • Fariha rao

    It was so so . Watch only if u hav no work 2 do

  • jaan

    I think you gone made and i think you did not watch the movie
    and you don’t like a karan so please joke mane band karo.

  • deb

    Hello Mr Prathamesh…..I just want to say a small thing, Varun’s butt crack shot was not part of the final cut. That means you have not seen the movie & only seen the trailers. I feel so sad that for money you can stoop so low. Get yourself a different job & dont malign the name of reviewers by doing wrong PRs!

  • david

    To the site owner: please get Prathamesh Jadhav replaced, he is a shame on the name of being a movie reviewer. To review a movie without watching it crime. I will also ask Karan to take action against him.

    • Siddharth

      Dude, the only crime here is your crappy English. Go learn some before you vilify others for their job.

  • Nilpesh

    Nice Movie & I Like It

  • mirza akhtar ahmmad begg

    i like this movie,they are new comol artist,i like it.

  • elle

    plzz we love the movie n its awsomeeeeeee dont talk crap shamless jobless ppl r becoming critics now ohh shame shame

    dumboo WE LOVE THE FILM N DONT DARE TO WATCH AT SID/VARUN BUTT

  • AAA

    I LLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEE THIS MOVIE VARUN AND SID ARE SO DASHING

  • salahuddin

    it’s a very good movie for youngsters, and the music is fabulous, i love it

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  • sam

    i did enjoy the movie…
    its a good one!!! KJo gave us your “typical story” <> in a fresh and interesting way…
    it is fun to watch movie…
    SO DO WATCH IT AND THEN GIVE YOUR REVIEW…..

  • Shivam

    Student of the year awesome movie
    Alia so cute nd her acting is suprb..
    M enjoying movie
    Much watch ha…

  • Shivam

    Student of the year awesome movie
    Alia is so cute nd her acting is suprb..
    M enjoying movie
    Much watch ha…

  • Tammy

    they are new comol artist,like it.

  • ddeniz

    typical disney,teen movie.. like high school musical. i cant comment at all. only aim is : bringing new faces to bollywood and of course box office. i can see dollars on karan johar’s eyes..

  • romy

    was good but the sames love triangle

    do something new but i must say the songs were all super

  • peshal

    nice movie yaar

  • soty

    really nice movie..cumon d review is was ppl say abt d movie..we r d audience so we liked d movie nd d mejority has liked it!!so get lost d stupid review…evryone can see d audience had really njoyed ittttt…love varun,alia nd sidddd :)

  • nasree

    awesome movie must watch don’t miss

  • MissPretty

    Really liked the movie… Feel like watching again n again!!! Amazing performances by all Sid, Varun n Alia. Doesn’t seem like it’s their first movie… their performance was outstanding. Alia looks very beautiful, Varun looks handsome and Siddharth is smokin’ hotttt. People who are saying crap about the movie need to get a life…

  • ayaan

    THIS IS A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE… AWESOME… SIDHARTH ALIA AND VARUN ARE FABULOUS… I LOVED IT,,, TEENY BOPPER STYLE FULLLL OF LIFE…LOVE TRIANGLE… FEELINGS…AND FIENDSHIP AWESOME STORY…HALKI PULKI… ALIA IS BEAUTIFUL… VARUN HANDSOME AND GOOD DANCER,,,SIDDHARTH DASHING HOT AND HIS EYE EXPRESSIONS ARE SUPERB… OUTSTANDING MUSIC ,,, MUST WATCH…

  • AYYAN

    THIS IS AWESOME MOVIEEEE,,, LOVED IT WILL WATCH IT AGAIN… SUPERB ALIA VARUN SIDD ARE AWESOME THEY ROCK…ITS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP…SOMETIMES FRIENDSHIP IS BEYOND COMPETITIONS…

  • leanne thomas

    i luv da movie they did gr8 job but i dont like alia i luv sidd and rohan both r cute sexy hot nd handsum

  • priya

    i loved this movie.three of them looked awesome and all the songs specialy ishq wala love and radha are the best in the world.i wish that this movie becomes the hit in bollywood and alia becomes the best actress and varun a best hero

  • Garima

    Cool,Fab,Awesum, NO WRDS 2 SAY!


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