There is one feature about Karan Johar’s latest directorial effort (which is also produced by him), STUDENT OF THE YEAR which I like: it has no pretensions whatsoever of wanting to be the film of the year. So much so that it hardly even makes a minor dent in the rankings of the movies released till now. This lack of pretension is clearly observable in one of the initial dialogues which says that there can be no other school like St.Theresa’s, which happens to be the setting for the film. Notwithstanding the surreal picture which is created about the school, for once, I wished I could rewind my life to my school days and wished that I had studied in St.Theresa’s. It is a totally different matter that my background in sports or personal wealth would have denied admission for me. But if K Jo can fantasize, so can I!
Everything about SOTY sounds unreal; even where there is an opportunity to present real issues in an unreal frame, K Jo deals with it in a very peripheral manner. The dramatic scenes are devoid of drama; the romantic scenes lack the passion and the so-called sad scenes are bereft of any pathos. What a come-down from the KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI days! SOTY mein kuch nahi hota hai! All this is expected to be glossed over because of the gloss which pervades every frame of the film. The dresses and the colours perfectly complement the physique and figures of the entire star cast: even Dadiji wears a crisply starched saree on her death bed! One must not forget the tremendous energy in the songs created by Vishal-Shekhar and the dance sequences which add generously to the entire feel of the movie. The star cast performs very well and one can’t just attribute it to the genes. Debutantes Varun Dhawan (son of formula comedy film maker David Dhawan) , Kayoze Irani (son of Boman Irani), who delivers the only punch packed dialogues in a speech in the end and petite looking Alia Bhatt (daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan) can owe part of their acting capabilities to their parents, but the other debutante Siddharth Malhotra who doesn’t have such linkages also emotes well. K Jo: you have been a good teacher!
I however wonder as to why K Jo has this serious fixation about having to include reference to gays! The references in KAL HO NA HO (Kantabai) were laugh raisers to begin with; then his production DOSTANA carried with it more than mere suggestions about that topic; and now in SOTY we have the dean, played by Rishi Kapoor having a crush on the sports coach, Ronit Roy and massaging the neck: K Jo, kal ho na ho, please don’t go any low(er)!!
RATING: 2 out of 5
October 19th, 2012

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  1. Manju Gupta says:

    Great review.

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