Student of the Year - Preview
Student of the Year picks of several themes of love, friendship, parenting, unhealthy competition in society. But it does no justice to even one of them. It turned out to be pretty bad eventually but yet not as awful as I thought it'd be.
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Something about the way love is depicted in the trailers of Student Of The Year says 'old school' (all pun intended). The love triangle, the songs, the overall look and feel is extremely mid-90s. The dances from the 'it's the time to diso'-ish 'disco diwane' to 'maahi ve'-ish 'Radha', only with worse music, lyrics and choreography makes you feel Bollywood has gone two steps behind in using music in their films. I thought we had grown past the structured, lip-synced songs. I guess not.
The only 'new generation' element then that Student Of The Year can truly boast of is the fact that all characters seems to be smart alecs and they inhabit a cut-throat world. A lot needs to be said about the new age romance portrayed in the trailers though. Doesn't look like Generation Next has moved on from the mush of Karan Johar films, except for using lousy language, I guess. 'Ishq wala love'? Really?
And what's old is being weaned out of its charm. Somehow, the bit you can see of Rishi Kapoor seems like a huge let down and a step back to him big a caricature.
Let's hope there are some moments that will make sitting through what looks like puppy love worth it. Unlike what you'd expect from a Karan Johar film, the music doesn't seem to the cut the bill though.
Milliblog - "perky, enjoyable – albeit predictable "
Music Aloud – "6.5/10"
dunkdaft - "Can't believe this is the soundtrack of a KJo film ! Vishal-Shekhar has given some great sounds through this year. Here, its opportunity wasted or performance (producer) pressure ?"
Bollywood Hungama – "4/5"
Apun Ka Choice – "4/5"