Movie Review: Student Of The Year (2012)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Hit

STUDENT OF THE YEAR is the story of 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. Abhimanyu a.k.a Abhi comes from a middle-class family and wants to achieve great heights of success and prosperity, the first step to which will be the ‘Student Of The Year’ trophy, while Rohan Nanda a.k.a. Ro is the son of a business tycoon [Ram Kapoor], who grapples with a complex relationship with his father and knows that winning the ‘Student Of The Year’ trophy will bag him the approval that he subconsciously craves for.

The two protagonists with distinct backgrounds and clear goals clash with each other in the locker room, football field and the canteen. Things are further knotted up when Shanaya Singhania [Alia Bhatt], the most popular girl on the campus, enters the equation. While Shanaya and Rohan are childhood sweethearts, Abhi’s attraction for his best friend’s girlfriend and Shanaya’s quiet reciprocation causes a rift in their friendship. Abhi and Rohan are ready for a face-off and battle lines are drawn through the length and breadth of the campus, with only one goal in everyone’s eyes — ‘Student Of The Year’ trophy.

STUDENT OF THE YEAR narrates the wonderfully intricate and complex trajectory of three high school kids, their transition from adolescence/teenage to maturity/adulthood and the emotions they experience in this journey called life. Although love stories is a beaten to death genre, STUDENT OF THE YEAR doesn’t fall into the ‘typical romantic fare’ category either. Karan and screenplay writer Rensil D’silva pay minute attention to detailing and character development and what comes across on screen seems like an unmarked, charming and bona fide experience within the commercial parameters.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “STUDENT OF THE YEAR is amongst Karan Johar’s most accomplished works.”
3.5 “You may not like this movie if bubble-gum romances, picture-perfect worlds and candy-floss clouds are not your idea of a movie-going experience.”
Times of India
3.5 “In ‘SOTY’, Karan incorporates all his KJoisms but manages to make this one an effortless watch. The film is sure to be a big hit among the young cinegoers.”
Yahoo Movies
3.0 “Student Of The Year is no Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ut it’s a fun watch.”
3.0 “If you are a Karan Johar fan looking for some campus romance, do go for Student Of The Year…The rest will have to take their chances, we guess.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “It definitely isn’t the film of the year.”
NDTV Movies
2.5 “Student Of The Year is all fluff sans much stuff. Watch it if you are a big fan of frothy, glossy romance. For the ones looking for realistic meaningful cinema, this isn’t the film for you.”
2.5 “SOTY is not something you would want to miss if the surreal setting with bubble gum romance is your calling.”
DNA India
2.5 “If you’re a fan of Karan Johar’s fare, you’ll definitely enjoy all the dance-drama. Otherwise it’s just like a re-hashed version of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “SOTY is full-on candy floss – 90 per cent gloss and 10 per cent content.Nevertheless, it will go well with the younger audience who he has catered to.”
2.0 “This is a Bollywood romance. The genre is truly right up fashion designer and filmmaker Karan Johar’s street.”
2.0 “To sum it up, watch ‘Student Of The Year’ for the debutantes. They have really pulled off a tough task of playing praiseworthy roles in a film which suffers from the lack-of-a-story syndrome.”
Zee News

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