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Student of the Year: Palette of junk and spunk!

By Shradha Singh • Published on October 19, 2012

Dir.: Karan Johar

Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sana Saeed, etc.

Student of the Year [W]elcome to St. Teresa’s High School. Here ABC means Ameer bacche aur chamche! Dynamics have changed, times have changed! St. Teresa is a prestigious and glorified school in Dehradoon which has students of two categories ‘Tata’ and ‘Bata’. The rich brats and the scholarship weeds! But certainly, it is not on the conflict but on the co-existence of the haves, have nots, and too much to have’s!

The story starts with time leap where students gather after years when they get to know about the last breath of the Principal who was admitted. It has been years since they parted and contemplations of the past begin. The flashes of the story kick starts from the hospital, flavored the same way as in the Airport scene in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.

With the flashback unfolds the story of a bunch of students from St. Teresa’s High School. Rohan Nanda(Varun Dhawan, is the rich guy in convertibles, son of his tycoon father Ram Kapoor who cares a damn about his son’s dreams and so does the son for his wealth. Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth Anand) is the ‘aam janta ‘guy who has come to study.  Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt) is the only daughter of her rich mother and the fifth step daughter of her father. To get attention, she doesn’t mind telling her parents: ‘I am pregnant’. Tanya Israni, (Sana Saeed a.k.a Anjali of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) has grown up and is shown as a hot chick whose mother encourages her to flirt on the Blackberry messenger and to try on silicone implants.  Pseudo (Kayoze Irani ) narrates the story of these students.

All the students have dents! The film is all about their interplays.

Each student is here to compete for a trophy announced by the Principal. The trophy is ‘Student of the Year’. In the run to get this trophy, friends turn foes, lovers switch sides, there are realizations and contemplations. The war for the trophy at the final stage has just two competitors, Rohan and Abhimanyu. One wins the trophy but the other wins the girl, Shanaya. The war bitters the relationship of two friends, who meet in the hospital after years and come head on to brush off their grudges.

The most apparent comparison is with the decade old Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein. From the Mohabbatein’s ‘Gurukul ‘ of 2000 to St. Teresa’s High School  of 2012, a lot of gloss and floss has been added  by  Karan Johar  on his new canvas  of Student of the Year( SOTY)

There is no ‘Parampara, Anushashan and Pratishtha ‘like in Mohabbatein of 2000. In the St. Teresa’s High School of 2012, the Principal, Rishi Kapoor, swings the other way! He lusts for the iron like bodies of the dudes in school and the school coach Ronit Roy.

Karan Johar has captured the instant generation through his smart lens. In 2000, people were crazy about lifestyle brands, 2012 people are crazy about international brands like Louis Vuitton and Versace. In 2000, school friends never clubbed together to go for a wedding in Thailand. In 2012, it becomes possible and that too on a private jet. Karan Johar has picked up the aspirations and inspiration of the current generation, bang on!

Student of the year is like a palette full of Junk and spunk served to the current generation. It has tried keeping the formula of a masala movie intact.

Talking about the performances and the looks, chiseled bodies of Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Anand have arrived fresh from spa hibernation.  Both the boys look like stars coming from instant packs. Decent performances from both the debutants.

Alia Bhatt’s pouts are accentuated to the best with orange, reds and pinks. Her oomph and her struggle to speak Hindi is chromed to look cute on the screen.

Karan Johar has no grand story to tell but he has pinned up smart and interesting pins to hold the restless generation by his master ways. The film has too many baits to hang you on, like Hot wardrobes, New lingo’s, PJ’s and the ‘Tinkling confusion thing’ which the generation loves to thrive on. Like cocktail, SOTY will also attract the youth who wants to unleash the ‘American’ way.

To bait the 30 plus generation, all oldies like ‘Gulabi aankhien,’ ‘Ye chand sa roshan chehra’ and ‘Disco Deewane’ has been recreated.  Gay jokes are sprinkled in abundance.  Spectacular locations and high production value to romance your eyeballs.

SOTY is not just a ‘feel good’ film, but a ‘feel pampered’ film where a lot of grandeur has been cherishingly taken care of. Performances are fresh and entertaining. There is a new radiating energy from the newcomers.

Watch the film for its fun and frolic, for proms, for costumes, for music, for freshness and in short, for the spectacular visuals. The movie is not here to stir your soul, it is there to help you groove. So groove with SOTY!

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