Student of the Year

A great movie but too brief

Karan Johar‘s highly awaited Student of the Year, finally released a few weeks back, and true to form, I went and watched it in its second day.Verdict: Slightly atypical rom-com, addressing issues like loyalty, not hitting on your best friend’s girlfriend, as well as how school/college authorities tear friendships apart with competitions.

The story is reasonably interesting with a variety of rich characters. Surprisingly, the main cast aren’t as well written as the supporting characters. It’s as if they’re only there to fulfill a requirement as a love triangle. Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) is the son of one of, sorry, the ONLY business tycoon, played by Ram Kapoor (from the well-known Bade Acche Lagte Hain) and is a typical brat. Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt) is his so-called girlfriend, although he flirts with every girl he sees. Finally, there’s Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth Malhotra), the fresh-faced all-rounder, who is state-level runner, footballer, and apparently basketball player as well. The two boys start out as rivals, who then turn friends, and then rivals again after Abhimanyu and Shanaya fall for each other, all against the backdrop of the Student of the Year competition.

Loyalties change, friendships destroyed, as everyone competes against everyone else for the coveted trophy.

The movie’s fun, even if the settings are not realistic. For example, no school in India has bleachers as part of their basketball stadium. And how exactly does an IQ test, a treasure, a dance competition and a triathlon show a student’s academics, art and athletics? Three out of four, okay, but a treasure hunt? Are you serious?

Even so it’s a great movie and a must-watch, at least once.