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Student Of The Year critic rating (DNA India): 2.5

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Student Of The Year  (2012 - Hindi)

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Student Of The Year critics rating: 2.75 out of 5 2.75/5 (22 critics)

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  • These Students won’t win Virus’s pen, But….

    Student Of The Year rating: 6 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 19 Oct 2012)

    Almost 3 years ago, Rajkumar Hirani gave us a classic - {Which remains the highest grosser to date} -3 Idiots. The movie became such a huge landmark that almost everything related to the film has achieved a cult status by now. One such thing is the Pen of Virus {Viru Sahastrabudhhe}, which the professor had been keeping for decades before finding a brilliant enough student to gift it to. Now this year Karan Johar brings us his new film ‘Student Of The Year’, which does not star his fav Shah Rukh Khan, but instead introduces three fresh faces in his typical glamorous manner with loads of naach-gaana and masti. Yes, it’s going to be a litmus test for the director along with the newcomers, so let’s find out whether any of these students or their teacher wins the Pen of Virus, or end up among those tons of newcomers who hang around the outskirts waiting to achieve the lost chance, or just a big time disaster.

    ‘SOTY’ is a story set in one of India’s most stylish and Archie Comics type colleges St.Teresa. Every year, Dean Yoginder Vasisht {Rishi Kapoor} organizes a competition for the Student Of The Year. This year, the major contenders include a small-town dreamer Abhi {Sidharth Malhotra}, Rich spoilt brat Rohan {Varun Dhawan}, Stylish Shanaya {Alia Bhatt} and their friends {Sana Saeed, Kayoze Irani, Mansi Rach and many more}. How do these friends go through this contest which changes their life is what the entire film about?

    Story is a combination of several concepts especially Mansoor Khan’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and the usual Love triangle affairs we’ve been witnessing since time immemorial. But it’s the treatment which makes SOTY interesting, especially in the first half which has full dose of entertainment and glamour quotient. But as the film progresses, the glamour starts to fade out and all you are left with is a predictable narrative with nothing new to offer, leading to a disappointing or unwanted climax. There are some good scenes in the film such as Sidharth-Varun first meet, Students at their home in weekend, Varun-Ram Kapoor tiff and few more. On a sidenote, the whole Rishi Kapoor – Ronit Roy track is hilarious {wish it was continued in second half} along with few more comical scenes.
    On the negative part, the constant firing of Ram Kapoor to Varun begins to feel repetitive after a point. But like said before, Karan Johar narrates the film in such a predictable way that right from the start you will know which actor has the most important part in this film. And while the emotional content is low throughout, the romantic track was particularly very very weak in this film and particularly surprising since this has always been a forte of the director. Camera work is good and has given the film total Holywood-like teen flick appeal. Editing is crisp and adds to the film’s brisk pace.

    Music, like of all Karan Johar’s previous films, is superb and total catchy. Vishal Shekhar succed in giving chartbuster-material tracks which are filmed with equal panache and style on the big screen. ‘Vele’ and ‘Ratta Maar’ will be next big thing for the youngsters. ‘Radha’ is total foot tapping, ‘Ishq Wala Love’ has good usage of melody; ‘Disco Deewane’ is the most popular track of the film. ‘Kukkad’ should’ve been removed from the film. All the introduction tracks {Retro songs in modern avatar} were superb. Background music is good.

    This movie was a litmus test for Karan Johar, who achieved super-success back to back with his first two blockbusters. Then he tried to do something different but was bashed badly by critics and his loyal audience alike. His last film managed to be a decent attempt, but not at par with the initial films. Also many felt that all those films ran due to star power or most important Super star Shah Rukh Khan. So this time in ‘SOTY’ where there is no star value, the first person to go through the scanners will be Karan Johar. This has been done in past too with many makers right from Raj Kapoor {Bobby} or J P Dutta {Refugee} or Rakesh Roshan {Kaho Na Pyaar Hain} or Sanjay Leela Bhansali {Saawariyaan} and many more. Few of them succeeded and created their own stars and then there were few who lost out on everything. Out here yes Karan Johar manages to give a decent entertaining film, though not a classic. Also the soul of the film is little bit missing, since you never figured out what the main focus of the film was - The trophy, the friendship or the romance - as everything was half baked in this film. Most important, the romantic track was the worst along with absence of emotional content. Yes, one will have deja-vu of Karan Johar’s past films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai & Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham {The Kareena-Hrithik college track} too.
    When you are making a triangle, you have to show importance to all the characters and if the love story holds you up till the climax, its worthy or else it’s totally one sided. Out here it’s not though 100% one sided, but yes totally predictable.

    However, Karan Johar manages to extract efficient performances from his entire cast, including the news making newcomers. Sidharth Malhotra looks great and does a decent job as a new comer; he needs to concentrate on his dancing skills which are horrible along with the emotional scenes. Varun Dhawan is a very confident actor and does his part with total conviction but in some parts he tries too hard to achieve it, although he definitely outshines his peer in the dances. Alia Bhatt has innocence on her face, but reminds a little too much of her mother Soni Razdan, hence ending up looking a bit odd overall and fails to impress. Rishi Kapoor in this gayish role is cute and sweet, it’s great to see this actor in so many versatile roles. Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Kayoze Irani, Mansi Rach and others do good job. Gautami, Farida Jalal, Sushma, Manjot Singh and few more are wasted. Kajol and Boman in were good.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

    Dum hain in first half and songs along with very high dose of glamour content. But as the stylish coating starts to come off, the film too starts to fade out ending as merely an average entertainer which will, in all probability, work particularly well with the young crowd as an enjoyable one-time watch with buckets of popcorn. Thanks to the high dose of Glamour content and an entertaining first half along with catchy tracks, Karan Johar manages to pass the test but not with distinction or flying colors. Now about the movie and the new comers - these Students and the movie won’t win Virus’s pen but will surely find very high acceptance in this large industry.

    Rating : 2.75-3/5

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