Movie Of The Year? Maybe Not!
October 01, 2012 @ 00:00 am
Karan Johar's new flick Student of the Year may be unleashing one peppy, overly colourful song after the other but excuse us for not being too excited.
With the exception of the occasional Barfi, September hasn't been a particularly lucky month for movies. It all started with Shirish Kunder's supernatural flick Joker, whose sadly drawn graphic aliens failed to impress even three year-olds. And no matter how many OMGs they added to the movie title, OMG Oh My God failed to excite the audiences (Which is exactly what the makers must have realized, for they wisely set up donation boxes across the city and started recovering their losses even before the movie was out). Even Kareena Kapoor's progressively tinier blouses failed to faze the audience, or the critics for that matter. In the midst of all this hullabaloo, we have Karan Johar stepping into the fray with his oh-so-bubbly campus caper Student Of The Year, in tow.
Starring every last newbie the industry has to offer, the film features Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Siddarth Malhotra and Kanyoze Irani. And while the promos reek of Karan Johar's brand of predictability, we advise you not to let appearances deceive you. For Student of the Year is actually a heart touching coming of age story featuring Abhimanyu Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) and Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) who traverse the path of competition, envy, triumph, failure, manipulation and heartbreak in their mini-universe of St. Teresa's High School, Dehradun. Which, in other words, means that you can expect one spoiled brat who swaggers around like he owns the place (which he, more often not, does) and one noble middle class lad whose dad has worked his way up in life the hard way. Enter one très popular chick, Shanaya, whom both the heroes promptly fall for and you have one neat little love triangle on your hands.
What You Should Expect: A minimum of three preachy monologues on how the ameer gharane ke ladke take everything in life for granted and how they have zero idea of what hardships the other half faces. (Which in this case, probably refers to the trauma of carrying a phone three inches tinier than everyone's Galaxy SIIIs). Once that is done, you can watch out for three more preachy monologues on how friendship should never come in the way of true love. Also, be prepared to be blinded by Alia Bhatt's neon, in-your-face yellow coats which she chooses to wear to shed some light to the scene despite the fact that she's standing next to a great roaring camp fire.
What You Definitely Shouldn't: If you're looking for a campus caper along the lines of the evergreen Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, you're sadly barking up the wrong tree. The few dialogues that the stars are given, in between grooving to the myriad songs that is a must for any K Jo movie, proves that none of them are any wonders when it comes to acting. (Not that it matters though; even if the film doesn’t work, they can all go the Uday Chopra route & draw up the director’s chair next to their respective dads). And the script isn’t exactly what you’d call intriguing - We’ve all grown up watching Yash Raj movies; we all know how this one ends.
So yes, Karan Johar’s films might manage to silence some critics with their inherent cheese quotient, but we’d rather save the ticket money.
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