Review: Two boys, one girl and a high-school romance… going by the trailers you may have thought the story is simple. In reality it isn’t. Here we encounter a glossy affair, called St.Teresa’s located (fictitiously) in Dehradoon. When it comes to Karan Johar’s work on screen, you really can’t expect subtlety. 

Student of the Year is the latest and one of the biggest films this year made under the magnanimous Dharma Productions banner, directed by the new-age romance weaver, Karan Johar himself. As seen in the past, all his films have well-known actors who’ve been seen on various platforms that K Jo brings together. Some of them are the faces you may have not seen for many years now. Then, there is the full-of-life, Rishi Kapoor, who doesn’t cease to exude charm whenever he speaks and acts. His character as Dean Vashishth was the most enjoyable one. Sharing some screen space are Boman Irani, Farida Jalal, Ram Kapoor, Gautami Kapoor (last seen in Ghar Ek Mandir opposite her husband), Ronit Roy and so many more. The perfect amalgamation of such seasoned talent couldn’t have got any better, I believe.

The debutantes, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra were spectacular as first-timers. Especially the boys, all oozing with talent. There were many Gossip Girl moments, as well as those that I would like to call ‘Poo’ moments ala Kareena Kapoor’s role as the bimbette in K Jo’s dream project, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The great divide that exists in the society, that of the upper class and middle class, has been highlighted once again here. When Aamir Khan got into a duel with Deepak Tijori back then in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, you felt bad for Aamir Khan every time he failed. This film, on the other hand, comes with high-octane drama but the feeling dies along the path. The result of the Triwizard Tournament-like competition called Student Of the Year is inevitable. No points for guessing who wins.

Next year’s best debutant award may be shared by the two leading boys in the film. You would keep wondering who was better of the two, yet not zero-in on either. If a masala Bollywood flick is your cup of tea, go watch this film, you will enjoy it for all the good reasons. The songs make the frilly drama even better, for the foot-tapping music, most of the songs that you have heard before, just remixed and re-enacted. At some point, the film was a Kuch Kuch Hota Hai meets Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, but I reminded myself how this one was a tad-bit different. It is winner at the BO. Also, a surprise appearance is from one of the most renowned actresses in the industry who also happens to be K Jo’s lucky mascot. While you may have already guessed it or read about it, you will still enjoy what you see on screen.

Verdict: High-school romance fizzles out with the competitive feeling, yet keeps you feeling warm and fuzzy.

Movie Details:

Release date: Oct 19, 2012
Language: Hindi
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Teenage
Cast & Crew: Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor
Director: Karan Johar
Music: Vishal-Shekhar
Length: 2 hrs 21 mins

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  1. aafan

    October 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    i like this film very much according to my point of view this film should have to get oscar award .totally based on competition in life

  2. aakruti

    October 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    It was really an awesome movie combined with all sorts of emotions.. The film perfectly depicts jealousy, love, hatred, competition, cleverness, friendship.. It was a very clean and family watch movie.. As expected from a K JO’S movie it showed a very good collection of lehengas n salwar suits.. Songs were just outstanding remixes.. And nothing to say about the cast and crew of the film, it always was and will always be the best selection of the actors and actresses plus the special appereances as expected.. All in all it was the most awaited masala movie of K JO after such a long time.. Cheers to you and your team..!!

  3. ken williams

    October 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    awesome..must watch!!!

    • ken williams

      October 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      must watch ……….

  4. sai kireet

    October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    waste movie…….. waste movie of the year…………. must watch….

  5. Pawan

    October 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I really feel sorry for the people taking a call to watch or skip a movie based on this review. Fail to understand when will reviewers draw courage to call Karan Johar or SRK or Yash Chopra movies bad/pathetic/boring/senseless when they really deserve it… I can guarantee that JTHJ will get 4 stars from all corners on evening it’s released… I haven’t seen one reviewer giving SOTY the real treatment it deserves. Anyone can write off this movie after the first 30 min as a fashion show/music video collection for the unguided youth… The flick is a miserable representation of a world which exists in Karan Johar’s brain… If there is one person in the entire country who can relate to this movie is someone who drove a Ferrari to school and whose father flew his friends and teachers to a wedding in his private jet and based on my knowledge of this country that person, if exists, cant be tracked down even by Karan Johar.

    Simply said, dont waste your time going to a theater, wait for the DVD to be released and skip to songs and you would have watched what Karan Johar wanted you to watch.

  6. gurinder

    October 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    awesome muvi…:)

  7. Lal Varden Desai

    November 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Worst movie…Killing time..Dragging from the first 30 mins.Predictable drama with worst artists.

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