Talking Movies

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Sunday, 21 October 2012


The school is uber cool. The students are hot. The coach is super hot. The costumes are perfect. The music is a chartbuster. The dialogues are fun. The mood is popcorn light. The style is unabashedly superficial. Gay jokes are in plenty. The film is a ramp walk riot. The hero is the director, Karan Johar. 

Every time Karan Johar makes a movie, it inevitably requires suspension of disbelief. A line in the movie puts it aptly, “ yeh koi normal school nahin tha. Apne aap mein ek alag duniya thi.”

Once one accepts this as a norm in Karan Johar’s world, it’s easy to enjoy any of his films. “Student of the Year” is no different. Super glossy, popcorn light, costume perfect, the film packs in more fun than hot young boys showing off smooth skin and chiseled abs.

St Teresa is a school run by a closet gay dean (Rishi Kapoor). The school is straight out of fairy tales and Vogue magazines. The school owner, Ram Kapoor’s son, Rohan (Varun Dhawan) is rich and popular, arrogant and a playboy. He has a girlfriend, Shanaya (Alia Bhatt) with a Barbie doll life and wardrobe. His rank amongst his peers and girlfriend gets shaky when ‘poor’ and ambitious, orphan boy, Abhimanyu (Siddharth Malhotra, who looks richer than the rich) joins the school. A friendship strikes and is soon tested by a school competition for Student Of The Year. Rohan’s girlfriend, Shanaya finds herself caught in confusion and rivalry. Her own participation in the contest along with other close friends, add fuel to the friendship fire.

The film is a pleasant experience with a decent story, good screenplay (Rensil d’Silva) and entertaining dialogues (Niranjan Iyengar). The characters are familiar (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na). The actors are not. Fresh new faces along with known television actors and a fabulous role played by Rishi Kapoor, make for a terrific casting.

In the competition amongst all the young hotties, Ronit Roy as the sports coach wins abs down. Rishi Kapoor endears himself instantly, playing a principal with a crush on Ronit. A short jig on his old and famous ‘dafliwaale’ song completes his joyful performance. The 80s most popular ‘Disco Deewane remix is well used except for clumsy dancing by the trio. Lyrics by Anvita Dutt in “Ishq wala love’ are refreshingly nice and simple.

All the newcomers: Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan are convincing and confident in both style and delivery. Supporting actor, Sana Saeed who had appeared as little Anjali in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, is simply outstanding as the seductive Tanya.

Student of the Year scores high on gloss, costumes, entertainment and direction. 

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