With Student Of The Year, his fifth directorial in a career spanning almost 15 years, Karan Johar turns a full circle and whips the nostalgia of his debut movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Though the trio of his latest campus candy floss, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt don’t match the magic of SRK, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee, they still manage to whip the celluloid dreams by flaunting their flawless bodies, designer attire and led by the pied piper, K Jo and his over-the-top boutique world in all fineness! All this happens to K Jo’s perfection in a story that is way too antique but still manages to keep you entertained for those happily get sucked into it.
Welcome to St. Teresas, a supposedly India’s premier academic institution that could exist only in a teenager’s fantasies. The impossibly luxurious campus is full of hot bods, designer tags and fun and frolic. The dean of the institution ofcourse is an eccentric and a closet gay, Yoginder Vasisht played by Rishi Kapoor who has a hidden weakness for the sports coach of the campus, Ronit Roy that even a rival principal mocks him about a coach coach hota hai rumour! Amidst this are the three central characters – Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth Malhotra) an ambitious middle class boy, Rohan (Varun Dhawan) a musically inclined, rich brat who is constantly at logger heads with his industrialist father who always belittles him and his childhood sweetheart and the girl in prada, Shanaya (Aliya Bhatt). What begins with a rough weather between Abhi and Rohan, expectedly blooms into best friendship and again expectedly sours when jealousy and anger creeps in when the love changes tracks. When the Student of the year competition kicks in, everyone turns against every other for the coveted title. Who wins the Student of Year title and who wins the girl’s heart becomes the climax of the story, the narration of which is reminiscent of Jaane Tu Jaane Na and Dil Chahta Hai.
Then you have the hunks in the movie especially Siddharth who got the maximum whistles from the girls in the movie hall. Needless to say, 95% of the hall bustling was school and college kids and going by their reactions the newcomers of the movie gets a rousey welcome. For new comers, they do handle it adeptly largely due to K Jo’s immaculate handling of them like a super models on-screen.
My two picks from the movie. A wordless sequence with a very good background score during a marriage ceremony when a friend finds his soft spot for his best friend’s girl friend. But the best scene of the movie belongs to Kayoze Irani (son of Bomman Irani) who steals the show in a scene when he takes on Rishi Kapoor after getting drunk.
Student Of The Year is the Candy Floss Of The Year that only Karan Johar could make it click in box office.