STUDENT OF THE YEAR – Film Review
Student Of The Year directed by Karan Johar that stars Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. A film about two popular guys battling it out in every possible way for one miss popular girl in the school. From bromance to romance, heartbreak to heartache and then a very happy ending like all times. SOTY had a bit of everything, Rohan (Varun Dhawan) is the player sort that goes for anything and everything and isn’t the serious type, Shanaya (Alia Bhatt) is the confident but yet at times confused and unsure type of character whilst Abhimanyu (Sidharth Malhotra) is the confident and well-minded person who knows what he wants at all the time, he stays grounded whilst others live their life without being serious at all.
3 different characters in one highly classy school, is bound to cause ups and downs.
The script was good, before the film released, it seemed as if another school and educational system attempt in a film would be a failure, but Student Of The Year fascinated. Most probably due to the glamour lifestyle, which these students get to associate themselves with. The film started off a bit slow with the whole flashback use, which for some reason brings a reminder of the film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. But once Siddharth, Varun and Alia’s characters appeared on screen, they bring a new urgency, making the audiences wanting to watch these actors on screen. The only flaw that can be mention about the script was the climax, totally expected about the competition, the one who loses, he takes the girl. But it wasn’t too bad as other concepts involved with the climax helped to make the ending noteworthy. Throughout the film there were comedy moments and especially, the dialogues were humorous at times too.
These newcomers did themselves no harm in trying out for such film. In fact, they had a spark on screen that left the viewers wanting more. Rishi Kapoor played the supporting act throughout the film, like always his none serious moods, he kept the film flowing with entertainment. Kayoze Irani as Sudo, his character makes you feel sorry for him because of what he goes through due to the way he looks. Manjot Singh as Dimpy, he was the laughing stock for the film; he brings amusement on screen at random times and sometimes even when it is a serious scene too.
Music soundtrack for SOTY had good songs all around. Radha, Ratha Maar, Vele, Kukkad, Ishq Wala Love, Disco Deewane. Impressive beats to the vocals, this helped the on screen performance for the songs seem even more enriching.
Overall a good start for these three new talents, they did promote themselves really well in the promotions before the release. This was a good sign of their ability and they sure did perform well in the actual film. The money was well spent on this one and it is breath of freshness in the Bollywood films that have been released lately. But despite all the positives, it is not the kind of film that will amaze you and keep you on the edge of your seat. This is the type of film that you can only let it all flow in and let you decide to the very end whether it lied up to the expectations.
To be honest there was so much more expectations for the movie, kind of disappointed the way it all ended and transpired. They script had potential improvements and could have been worked on to make something much more dramatic than what it already was.
Overall rating for Student Of The Year film is 3.5/5