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Student of the Year Review

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Student of the Year
Banner:Red Chillies Entertainment & Dharma Productions
Cast:Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt
Direction:Karan Johar
Production:Shah Rukh Khan & Karan Johar
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Student of the Year Events

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12, December, 2013
Celebs at Ekta Kapoor's Diwali Bash [Videos] 
1, November, 2013
Varun at Mega Dengu, Malaria Awareness Drive [Videos] 
21, October, 2013
Kajol, Rani at Durga Ashtami Celebration [Videos] 
14, October, 2013
Kajol at Juhu Durga Pooja 2013 [Videos] 
11, October, 2013
Alia Bhatt Launches 'Color' Show [Videos] 
6, October, 2013
Alia, Sidharth@Dessange Salon & Spa Launch [Videos] 
29, September, 2013
Varun Dhawan Launches Pumpstart DVD [Videos] 
17, September, 2013
Varun, Aditi, Ayushmann@Fashion's Night Out [Videos] 
7, September, 2013
Varun Dhawan Shoots for 'The Man' Magazine [Videos] 
4, September, 2013
Madhuri, Sidharth Leave for SAIFTA Awards [Videos] 
4, September, 2013
Kajol Promotes Handwashing Campaign [Videos] 
28, August, 2013
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24, August, 2013
Kajol Inaugurates NICU [Videos] 
16, August, 2013
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16, August, 2013
Sajid Wajid's Father Condolence Meet [Videos] 
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7, August, 2013
Alia,Varun,Siddharth Launch Coke Studio@MTV [Videos] 
2, August, 2013
Sidharth, Parineeti Shoots For 'Hasee Toh Phasee' [Videos] 
17, June, 2013
Varun Dhawan Launches 'Deep Space' Ride [Videos] 
15, June, 2013
KJo, Varun At GQ Best Dressed Men Event [Videos] 
8, June, 2013
Varun Dhawan As Brand Ambassador Of GATSBY Product [Videos] 
6, June, 2013
Varun Dhawan Meets Sachin Tendulkar [Videos] 
29, May, 2013
Alia Bhatt At 'Maybelline New York' Music Launch [Videos] 
3, May, 2013
Siddhart, Jacqueline@Vero Moda Fashion Show [Videos] 
21, March, 2013
Varun Dhawan @'Wassup' Andheri Festival 2013 [Videos] 
4, March, 2013
Kajol At Mana Shetty's Araaish Exhibition [Videos] 
1, March, 2013
Kajol Launches 'Oath Of Vayuputras' Music [Videos] 
27, February, 2013
Varun Dhawan @Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2013 [Videos] 
11, February, 2013
'SOTY' Team In Making Of IDEE Eyewear Ad [Videos] 
11, February, 2013
Kajol At Jagjit Singh's 72nd Birthday Bash [Videos] 
8, February, 2013
Varun, Alia@Stardust Award 2013 Press Meet [Videos] 
22, January, 2013
Varun, Alia Bhatt@19th Lions Gold Awards [Videos] 
17, January, 2013
Karan Johar Launches 'Shiva Trilogy 3' Book [Videos] 
28, December, 2012
Kajol, Alia Bhatt At Star Night 2012 [Videos] 
23, December, 2012
Varun Dhawan At Shiamak Davar Show [Videos] 
21, December, 2012
Alia Bhatt Launches Grazia Magazine [Videos] 
7, December, 2012
Special Screening Of 'Student Of The Year' [Videos] 
19, October, 2012
Student Of The Year - Public Review [Videos] 
19, October, 2012
Alia Bhatt At Anu Ranjan's Birthday Party [Videos] 
12, October, 2012
Karan Johar, Alia Unveils Filmfare Magazine [Videos] 
12, October, 2012
'SOTY' Starcast Launched Movie Merchandise [Videos] 
10, October, 2012
'SOTY' Team On Set Of KBC [Videos] 
28, September, 2012
Karan Johar, Alia Promotes 'SOTY' With Aircel [Videos] 
27, September, 2012
Alia, Varun Dhawan Promotes SOTY @AIIMS Delhi [Videos] 
21, September, 2012
Varun, Alia Promotes 'SOTY'@Podar College [Videos] 
17, September, 2012
Sidharth Malhotra & Varun Dhawan At Sophia College [Videos] 
10, September, 2012
'Student Of The Year' Team At Radio Mirchi [Videos] 
3, September, 2012
Karan Johar Launches 'SOTY' First Trailer [Videos] 
3, August, 2012

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Student of the Year Review - Masti waala entertainment

  [Saturday, October 20, 2012]

With a fun outing like 'Student of the Year', Karan Johar has proved once again that he can fluctuate between making a relatively serious film like 'My Name Is Khan' and come back to candy floss youth entertainer in the mode of 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'. Okay, so the high drama of many a Shahrukh Khan-Kajol films is indeed missing here as the film never gets into an overtly serious 'a family that weeps together stays together' zone.

However it is clear that it is more intentional than a miss. With an eye on some lavish entertainment translating on screen and bringing new talent to the industry, 'Student of the Year' is a winner.

The film begins in almost the same manner as '3 Idiots' where a young man gets a mystery call and assembles batch-mates from the school that was left behind 10 years back. Later there is a 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa' narrative adopted for a good 30 odd minutes as a bunch of friends recollect events as they had taken place. Some closets are indeed opened but since this is a Karan Johar film, no skeletons come out of them thankfully. However designer outfits do come out even as ultra 'ameer' Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt get some stiff competition from 'pind ka hero' Sidharth Malhotra.

So it is time for Sidharth and Varun to slug it out in the football field, play some pranks, eventually shake hands, get into some 'vella giri', realise that they are confused about their love for Alia, share relationship issues with family members, gain new friends, get betrayed by the ones they trusted and eventually indulge into a battle of sorts when the Dean announces the award for 'Student of the Year' in school's 25th year.

While this is pretty much the basic template of many a campus films that have seen before, credit it to Karan and his team of writers who fill in ample funny moments as well as some superb one liners that seldom fail to invoke smiles and at many instance, some very good laughter. While the camaraderie between Sidharth and Varun is there to be seen, one can't ignore each of their four friends who are very relevant to the plot. The film also deserves special mention for its art direction and cinematography, more so since Vishal-Shekhar's music further accentuates proceedings in the film due to an all around peppy treatment.

However what stays on is the tuning one sees between Sidharth and Varun. So Sidharth being all hunky and handsome isn't really projected as one of those 'Yo dude' characters and instead plays someone far more subtle and quiet. On the other hand Varun, who had in it to play someone real simple, breaks the stereotype by striking a balance between being an 'ameer baap ki aulaad' and slightly 'bigda hua'. .

What isn't really as convincing though is the pre-climax sequence set in the auditorium where an award is given to the student of the year. Really, the outburst here comes out of nowhere and doesn't even carry much weight. However that is more than made up by the finale when all friends are together again and the sequence that follows. It is heart-warming all over again and so is the portion that just before the interval point where all cards are laid down without a single dialogue being mouthed.

Amongst the boys, there is no point choosing between either Sidharth or Varun. Both do really well in the space provided to them and have an equal screen time. Same holds good for Alia whose facial expressions are never out of place.

She looks extremely pretty, is as cute as a girl of her age can be, (thankfully) doesn't quite get into an arrogant zone (which would have been very easy actually, given her characterisation) and registers a strong presence. Hats off to Karan Johar for actually working hard on their performances, look and overall understanding of the cinematic medium. On the other hand veteran Rishi Kapoor shows his class all over again and demonstrates how he can really change colours between 'Agneepath', 'Housefull 2' and now 'Student of the Year'!

Entertainment served, Karan Johar style. You pretty much know the kind of treatment this film would follow within first 20 minutes of the narrative itself. Swanky cars, colleges that could give complex to mansions, designer outfits, each frame filled with classy props, good looking people dominating the proceedings and in the middle of it all, kaafi masti waala entertainment.

Rating: ****

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