Student of the Year

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)

quick review:

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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Director: Karan Johar
Running time: 140 minutes
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Student of the Year - Preview

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.

Music Reviews:
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"

- meeta, a part of the audience

Karan Johar tries to take a peek into the minds of the youth of today. While he does try to balance their dark and human sides, I'd still like to think there is more to our youth than the shollowness that goes with jealousy and excessive competitiveness. Even if there is an attempt to counter it with some large-heartedness and semblance of maturity every once in a while. Ultimately, the situations created are too fake to be credited with a connect to any generation's thought process.

The uneven narrative makes it even more difficult to digest as a story. It's neither a fairy tale nor stems from reality for us to take it seriously. The build-up in the first 20 minutes towards an ominous event that occurred 10 years ago is trying to hard to get you interested. But various characters breaking the fourth wall and talking to you as an audience directly is disconcerting and doesn't let you absorb the story. Between cinematic techniques, I wonder what is worse a voiceover or people talking to you through the screen, especially when it gets more than a couple of sentences.

Anyway, through this medium you are introduced to Rohan (Varun Dhawan), Shanaya (Alia Bhatt) and Abhimanyu (Siddharth Malhotra)- supposedly 'stars' of the next generation. While their characters are a nice mix of black and white and raise a hope that if not profound or insightful, something mildly heart-warming and at least surprising might spring our way, A lot of credit for this hope goes to the actors. Not only do they look good, but they show glimpses of talent though it might yet to be fully exploited. It could also have to do with the fact that I thought all three of them would be mere show pieces.

Student of the Year also tries to touch upon various themes. The impropriety of the stress laid on competitiveness and absolutely unacceptable parenting style being two of them. Another one that comes up is the status of people who are not-so-good-looking and not-so-rich. But these come in so abruptly and unexpectedly that they take you away from the basic love triangle brewing between the three main leads. The resolution of this love conflict itself is hardly explored, it is just stated as a fact. Ultimately, you can't help but feel that the story tries to take in a lot more than it can chew.

In addition, of course you have Karan Johar's standard take on homosexuality. While Rishi Kapoor does grant it as much authenticity as he possibly can, I have always found Karan Johar's depiction more mocking than accepting.

The songs do nothing but add to the length of the film. The choreography is lackluster, the tribute to songs and films from yesteryears via remixes don't make them any more watchable or bearable. And by the last song you just want it to be done with sooner rather than later.

While I must admit that Student of the Year wasn't as bad as I expected, it still doesn't engage or have anything magnificently different to offer. The comments on the education or parenting system are to superficial to make any impact.

- meeta, a part of the audience

46 reviewers(?) - 10 yays 21 so-so 15 nays

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Thumbs up, by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews : ...these kids are easy on the eyes and fit right into Karan Johar’s carefully constructed pseudo-realism... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...amongst Karan Johar's most accomplished works.... full review

Thumbs up, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...Fresh coffee with Karan... full review

Thumbs up, by Raedita Tandan, Filmfare : ... Varun is charming; his brilliant dancing skills deserve a special mention.... full review

Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Too long by about twenty minutes, the film could’ve done with some tightening – perhaps the clunky treasure hunt sequence could go?... full review

Thumbs up, Indicine : ...there isn’t a dull moment in Student Of The Year... full review

Thumbs up, by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA : ...The screenplay was aptly written and designed, which was further very well narrated and portrayed in front of the viewers. ... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, : ...The campus drama with the three newcome protagonists of the film is a lovely story. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Star Blockbuster : ...While you do get connected and feel for the characters, their romantic trials and tribulations don’t manage to move the viewer. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...The film is full of KJo-isms - it's larger-than-life, colourful, lavish, beautifully shot and directed. With medleys, dance, drama and everything good-looking (from cast to couches, dorms to discos). ... full review

So-So, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Too many students are a certain “type” of person that we’ve seen in a zillion films before: the spoilt rich boy “type” who hates his father, the bitch “type” who wants to get her claws into him, the heartless wealthy patriarch “type”, the-fat-boy-who-is-not-hot-enough-to-get-a-date “type”. To this mix is added Bollywood’s newly emerging favourite “type”: the OTT effeminate gay guy “type”. ... full review

So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Siddharth Malhotra is a bit uptight, stilted but earnest no less,... full review

So-So, by Bodrul Chaudhury, Bolly Spice : ...Although Student of the Year is not Karan’s Johar’s finest work, it is an entertaining and well-structured film nonetheless. ... full review

So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Student of the Year is enjoyable because it is familiar-- friendship, love, loyalty, rivalry, ambition all blended with energy and fizz.... full review

So-So, by Shradha Singh, DearCinema : ...SOTY is not just a ‘feel good’ film, but a ‘feel pampered’ film where a lot of grandeur has been cherishingly taken care of.... full review

So-So, by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini : ...Karan Johar blends his entire portfolio in one humongous SOTY, which makes for a fairly entertaining ride, a true escapist delight.... full review

So-So, by Kanika Sikka, DNA : ...Though Alia has very little role to play, with all the attention on the leading boys. She leaves a mark with her glamorous presence... full review

So-So, by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost : ...It’s all about watching Karan’s make-believe world.... full review

So-So, : ...Rensil D'silva may have penned a decent story, and the idea of an exclusive school for spoilt brats may not be an unbelievable one, but the execution leaves much to be desired.... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, : ...Sidharth Malhotra looks great and does a decent job as a new comer; he needs to concentrate on his dancing skills which are horrible along with the emotional scenes... full review

So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...His films work as both designer porn and soap opera.... full review

So-So, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ... Strange, but you don't mind the film despite its unapologetic brainlessness. The key lies in Karan's storytelling. For all its pulp packaging, SOTY doesn't have a single dull moment. ... full review

So-So, by Roshni Devi, koimoi : ... Varun Dhawan does very well as the spoilt brat but there are a few places where he needs to buck up. ... full review

So-So, Movie Talkies : ...the college cafeteria is swankier than a five star restaurant and the kids seem to do everything but study in the college. What works for the film its share of campus humour, the thrilling sporting events and the overall easy on the eye visuals... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ... The climax is well worth the wait because this is where Johar runs into home stretch and gives SOTY one mighty emotional heave and almost wins you over.... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...In terms of natural screen presence, neither Malhotra nor Dhawan is a patch on SRK.... full review

So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...So the complexities in life of the characters are pretty much about not having mellowed down clothes to wear for hospital visits or not finding their designated parking spots for their Ferarris. ... full review

So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...reatment is Karan Johar's forte and it is what makes his first film with rank newcomers, despite the absence of a logical plot, so fresh and zany.... full review

So-So, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...Writer Niranjan Iyenger puts dallops of humour centring around Rishi Kapoor who does full justice to it and gives some delightful moments to the audience.... full review

So-So, by Anuj Sharma, The Hindu : ...Rensil D’ Silva’s fast-paced screenplay hints at the specks of darkness beneath the gloss that Karan and his team effortlessly conjure up.... full review

So-So, Zee News : ...The impressive auxiliary apparatus of the film, one that includes actors like Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Farida Jalal and Boman Irani in special appearances, Sushma Seth and Rishi Kapoor, is really worth applause.... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The newcomers are earnest (though Alia Bhatt looks alarmingly young; you want to avert your eyes when she shows up in a bikini), but how can you take them seriously when even their tears seem to have been flown in from the ramps of Milan?... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...simply takes some “Golden Hits of the Past” for a ride, changing all their original notes quite awfully. It also brutally murders the Cult song of Late NAZIA HASSAN in a cruel style... full review

Thumbs down, by Prathmesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life : ...Karan Johar wala fluff!... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar : ...You can tell how good the director is with choreographing moments from a beautiful sequence, right before the interval, when the two boys and the girl are at a wedding, there’s a lilting background score, no dialogue, and the whole story gets revealed merely with eye contact: the girl is in love with the new boy! Sadly the film hardly lives up to that wonderfully subtle moment.... full review

Thumbs down, by Kshitij, Desi Martini : ...All fluff, no soul!... full review

Thumbs down, by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost : ...In a world in which Yash Johar’s son creates a star vehicle for Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter and David Dhawan’s son, it’s probably natural for life to seem preordained. I wish another world were possible.... full review

Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...The tone is sentimental, the kids are card board tarzans and Janes while the script plays out it’s numbered twists with mechanical efficiency – but the attachment that is generally the by-product of a KJo effort, is difficult to come by. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, : ...I don't know why, but I get this strange feeling that the director was not fully involved or attached to SOTY. The mark of intensity that one has seen in his past films is missing. It's like a grand wedding reception with a poor food spread. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...If ‘Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hain’ wrote a completely new chapter in unrealistic dimensions of glamour and ‘cool’ then ‘Student of the Year’ simply takes a leaf out of that by-now old formula.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Not one of the three main leads fully breaks out of the ‘types’ they are assigned, even if you can see they have been schooled hard for their parts : the swimwear rounds are most impressive, the abs are washboard, the skin glistens, and they are all very glossy to match their environs, but the acting chops are slender... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Malhotra and Dhawan, though meant to be unlike each other, are prototypes of the same, narrow idea of manhood—a cosmetic fusion of athleticism and polish. Both actors live up to the job.... full review

Thumbs down, by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY : ...The first half drags with its silly flashback songs; the second is slightly more purposeful. As Karan Johar films go, this film entertains but only just. Period. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Both Malhotra and Dhawan are good in their roles, which mostly involve wearing half-open kurtas or body-hugging denims and sweaters... full review

Thumbs down, by Priyanka Roy, The Telegraph : ...Playing the college bimbette, Alia doesn’t have to do much more than just look pretty, something that she manages without getting a hair out of place. While her acting chops remain suspect, she looks like a dream in The Disco Song. And yes, no one does red lips better.... full review

Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...Rensil D'Silva's simplistic screenplay requires nothing but big names, and it almost aches to watch the final race towards the climax where 90% of the screentime is dominated by slow motion, beats and bulging sweaty biceps. Johar's generous tribute to Balaji, we're guessing. ... full review

182 tweeters(?) - 132 yays 11 so-so 39 nays

zoyarehman: KJo's new movie anything but intelligent, but still - money well spent! Super entertaining, even if it was no KKHH. #SOTY

zoya085: Watched SOTY lovedd da film and also varun dhawan was amazing '-' xx

ZOOPERRMAN: #SOTY: A typical Karan Johar flick! Larger than life! Complete entertainer! Brilliant music! Definitely worth it!

ZHidayatullah: #SOTY Fun movie. Great soundtrack! Beautiful locations. Film was like @iamsrk 's Mohabbatein. Alia Bhatt seemingly looking like KK from K3G

zaiinnasiir: Student of the year what a brilliant movie totally loving it hats off to the cast and crew

Yujir_R: Just watched Student of the Year for the 2nd time! @SOTYOfficial I could die in Kajol's eyes.. And I'm head over heels in love with @aliaa08

Yamiskr6L: Loved abhi character lottt abhi sey best lover koi nahi hai and abhi sey best frd koi nahiiii #soty sid wasss perfect

xsharondhillonx: seen student of the year in was brill.defo one to watch..also got myself a new bollywood crush aswell..haha(;

xoSanaBananaxo: OMG STUDENT OF THE YEAR!!!! :D I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee it <3 bromance ftw :D

xoKanzaJxo: Story, characters, chemistry, and over all acting was just FANTASITC! Varun and Sid stole the show! Fav actors from now on! :D #SOTY

virkalisha: Student of the year #awesomemovie

VeenaMoorthy: just watched english vinglish and soty with satish and thinu. Omgggg they were too good.

vaish_patel: Was in love with Abhi in the first half and then in love with Varun in the second half... ♥ *sigh* #SOTY

umi_reetard: Saw SOTY yesterday. I liked the movie. Alia Bhatt is really very cute.

UmangMevada: watched #SOTY last night... One of the best movies of 2012. Varun dhawan & Alia bhatt :* are next superstars.

U4ricHeartache: Big thank you to @kjohar25 for the hot new talent Sid and Varun in #SOTY. Finally a movie for the girls to fully appreciate. <3

tubzhoney: Go and see #SOTY if you haven't! Loved it ♥ Sidharth & Varun & Alia, take a bow!

TonySethi31: went to see student of the year...great movie.... beautifully written and directed....all Bollywood lovers should go and see it

Tnvrrhmn: Wow!!Awsum...Mndblwing...It cmprises wid a pckage of cmdy,frnshp,luv <3 n cmptitn widin frnz..Guyzz!!Da flm is - "Student of The Year"

ThatKidAamir: Watched Student Of The Year. It was such a good movie.

tanvisingh231: loved loved #SOTY.awesomest movie of the year.couldn't take my eyes off varun dhawan!


sweetlykeu: Watched student of the year anddd LOved it! !!!

Suhair_Rehman: #SOTY ★★★★★

StaissyFrancis: Simply & Cute #SOTY Movie *_*

SooHotNia: #SOTY was fantastic i loved it!!!! Hot guys fab cloths glossy movie Yumm Siddharth Malhotra<3

sonaholic23: Really really really enjoyed and liked #SOTY it's not a perfect film but still liked it a lot 3.5/5

sohu46: karan johar is back with bang.... @Student of the year.....@Aaliya bhatt muah.......

Shweta_SRK_SOTY: Saw #SOTY last Night.Absolutely Entertaining film...Gave me a Lesson that there should be No Competition in Friendship.Friends are Our Life

Sharonkarlish: Student of the year...what an awesome movie and I'm loving the music

shailak_: Watched #SOTY ♥Fabulous Movie. All three debuts are awesome!.Friendship n love are defined soo well in d movie! Thts Y must watch. @aliaa08

SeemaxGupta: #SOTY totally unrealistic but thoroughly entertaining and a feel gud movie. Thumbs up 2 all 3 newcomers in particular #VarunDhawan

sanjaypal8082: Watch SOTY.... its awesome yar:-):-):-)

SaifBanaNahi: Lucky U, make the most of it. And do watch #SOTY with your kolg friends. You will enjoy nd feel blessed RT @Rane_Shradha: @saifbananahi Yep.

Sagar_Sharma16: watched Student Of The Year..!! awesome movie :)

RychykM: Ok need to confess kind of enjoyed SOTY. It's all so incredibly ridiculous and done with such confidence that you cannot but like it.

rumeh: Finally saw student of the year.. Kept me entertained throughout #varundhawan is fantastic he's our next super star! #bollywood

ronakchoudhary: Called some school frns after watchin #SOTY.. Its only @kjohar25 who can make such a success wid such experienced lookin newcomers!!

riyaa_g: I want a friendship like Rohan and Abhi's #soty

Reemkapoor: Omg need to watch student of the year look so good! ;)

Rakesh4al: Just saw #SOTY quite a good first half N asusual bolly second half, good work Karan ...

Raja_Alee: student of the year , makes my sunday cooooollll at da end.....

pritipatel11: A super filmi #SOTY.. But I loved it :)

PratikHPatel: Awesome work by all new comers in Bollywood. Nice music and rhythm. Enjoyed Student of the year.

pratik_chhabria: Just saw student of the year..brilliant movie..fell in love with all the characters...@kjohar25 direction is outstanding...kudos.

prateeksingh54: i like the movie STUDENT OF THE YEAR TO MUCH..LOV IT

pmnivas88: Wow..."Student of the Year" Movie of the year 2012, enjoyed Sunday Evening

peskyme: Liked #soty

pariksha10: SOTY IS THE BEST FILM EVER!! Every scene is just soo perfect!!

OldBruceJenkins: I watched " student of the year" yesterday and today as well in same theaters two times wid same friends . it was nice moovi , I liked it

nybby96: Student of the Year was amazing!

Nimraali118: #SiddharthFever #AliaaFever #VarunFever :0 @aliaa08 What Have u Guys Done Its Like Evrywun Is Hypnotized Lol <3 #SOTY

Nikhil_Dhanoo: student of the year was good :D

nicsspace: Student of the entertainer

Nicey_NiceTashu: Varun. Siddharth & @aliaa08 are d shining stars of #SOTY They all look Incredibly Marvelous in d movie. Dazzlingly Beautiful Personalities.

neeraj076: Soty is fresh movie with next gen stars......

Naz_Guman: i have no regrets that i went in the morning in the cold rainy weather to the cinema to watch #SOTY :D it was worthful

NamanVerma: ~ Watched Student Of The Year ! . . . . Its all about Passion, Love n Friendship ! ;-)

myraabedi: student of the year was such an awesome movie. ahhh

mudasser_smd: #SOTY nice movie...!! "K"magic worked again, @AliaBhatt Got every thing,Dawanboy and siddharth were starring. Totally a grt #LaunchOfTheYear

mthomas428: "Student of the Year" was a good movie

ms_makda: #SOTY was gr8 entertainment, but the eye-candy was the icing on the cake for me.. #SiddarthMalhotra - watch the movie to #WitnessTheFitness

mohitdharmani: Student Of The Year is WOW.. Siddharth @aliaa08 & Varun don't give that debutant feeling to the audience.. Well done @kjohar25..! SOTY.

Mohi_rox: loved SOTY! Esp Siddharth Malhotra! <3

Moheena_Mona: Student of the year ☑ #brilliant

mehr_malik: jst watched #SOTY...varun n sid are awsome...full of entrtainment...

Megha__A: Student of the year was amazing <3 Siddarth Malhotra, is one sexy guy ;)

meetmanik: #SOTY. A good watch !!

MeDeepak56: Student of the year..awesome movie :) must watch! :D

Maryam_748: : Uff, Student of the Year is such a paisa vasool film.

MarionMegaplex: Bollywood fans - our Bollywood movie this week is 'Student of the Year' - this is a brilliant Bollywood Rom-Com...

maria_awan97: #soty is the best thing ever siddharth malhotra ommmgggg died

mannandhoot: Finally watched #SOTY !!! Nice movie, brought back some old memories :)

Manindervir: Just watched student of the year, amazing movie ;) its a must watch and @xXBijalPatelXx x ill facebook you the link , go and watch it ;)

MaaNey: #SOTY =3.5/5 Karan Johar the real hero. Entertainment at its full youth! Friendship, college, love and looking back at it all. Don't miss!

maahaul: If u r a mechanical engg. student, do watch STUDENT OF THE YEAR...It has got all what u have been deprived of in these 4 yrs.

luvtackersobti: Student of the Year has gotta be one of the best movies I've seen! Siddharth Malhotra & Varun Dhawan are freaking HOT! ;)

kishan2404: Student of the year was such a good filum

juhilalka: #SOTY: a delight to watch Varun & Sid! <3 typical Kjo flick! Larger than life! Complete entertainer! Brilliant music! Definitely worth it!

Juheeezy: I'm trying to get @akhaaaam and my mom into Student of the Year, so I can go re-watch it. #cuties #FOB

JashanSGrewal: just watched #StudentOfTheYear! definately1of the best films ofda year! @aliaa08 @kjohar25 #VarunDhawan #SiddharthMalhotra #AliaBhatt #SOTY

JanNewaz: Absolutely loved @SOTY_FC superb acting!! #awesome

itssumant: Just saw 'Student Of The Year' with Aashique and Sahil. Good movie!

iSaumya: Have seen Student of the year. Good time pass. But only 2 thing to learn never trust any grl, specially rich ones.

ImSwetha: Watched Student of The Year last night! It won't disappoint KJo fans, the movie had all the elements of the usual Kjo movie!

imdabest_ksp: Friends can actually make you happy when you are sad! and not marks/trophies! #Student of the year #realizeBeforeItsTooLate

imanzarh: jus watched Student of the Year... nice flick.. somewat seein d condition in my college #SOTY

ILUVMBPM: Just watched STUDENT OF THE YEAR and all I have say is WOW! Amazing movie with delicious star cast!

iamSanjivSharma: #SOTY. KJo does what he does best .. An enjoyable roller coaster ride with spectacular new talent. Siddharth, Alia, Varun ... Too good.

I_Nupur: Student of the Year REALLY surprised me! Sure it ws unrealistic in places bt it ws good! Definitely worth a watch! Siddharth and Varun= FAB!

i_m_vinay_bhatt: Today went 4 Student of the year. Loved this movie nd specially #AaliaBhatt

HussainBaloch: #soty was pretty good

hkudrati: But again if u love bollywood romance .. Its certainly charming attempt and hippie ! #SOTY #Bollywood

HinaTahir5: definitely a good night , Student Of The Year was a really good movie

GorgeouS_alina: Loved ur movie Student of The year .. I seriously watched it 3 times superb loved it sooooooo much .... My best movie

flynavy1983: student of the year rocks. . a must watch

filmypedia: #SOTY a total KJo blockbuster..u'll luv it if u go wid tat b'wood masala mind set..must watch 4 #Siddharth's amazing performance.. contd

eveharlin: Student of the Year (5.0 Stars): good - Raymond Mohamed [...]

drunkie_junkie: Watched #SOTY and actually liked it a lot. Varun Dhawan, what a strong actor! Screenplay also good and Aliya Bhatt fluffy but cute

Doaurdopanch: Student of the year seems one first Indian movie comparable to intl stds Goooood ! @iamsrk @deepikapadukone @priyankachopra @TandonRaveena

DHRUVSHARMA1: SOTY is a 5 star movie.........

dancedreamerluv: Student of the Year was MINDBLOWING! <3 Go watch it now!

crystalheart31: Student of the year was Amazing.... Love it!! I cant believe people saying that its a flop... @sotyofficial @siddhartamalhot

Cliffer_94: Student of the year was amazing :o

ChinkyPadda: "Student of the Year" was really good, surprisingly!

cherriemeh: Just watched student of the year. ..loved it @kjohar25

Cementsmell: There is a beautiful 10 min silent section with a piano score in SOTY. You shud watch the movie for that.

bhavik_999v: I watched " student of the year" yesterday and today as well in same theaters two times wid same friends . it was nice moovi , I liked it

Beingstar86: SOTY amazing movie , stars and director ... Well done guys

ballerina_menks: Student of the Year was so perfect. #brownpeople #amazing #abhimanyuismynewman

Author_Purba: Eye candy <3 Loved both of them in the movie SOTY #IshqWalaLove

ashishgarg_m: So finally done with SOTY movie, awesome movie, I wana see again, shall set program 2 watch it again tomorrow.

archana19o3: Student of the Year!!! :3

anubhatia28: Trying to recover from bollywood fever in the past couple days but #SOTY has thrown me right back #guilty #iloveit

Aniket_Bharti: Today We Bunked The College & Watched #SOTY.After A Long Time We Had Watched Such A Fab Movie.Loved The Way U Sid & Varun Performed @aliaa08

ambrulz: Student of the Year..... A film that reminds childhood friends... Miss U Guys:

alamgirK: Loved Student of the Year! amazing film #SOTY

akanshas07: student of the year was a really cute movieeee

ajitraner_10: Watched #SOTY again. Recuperating one! @kjohar25

aishaamalhotra: The BEST movie I have EVER SEEN in 18 years of my lifetime. STUDENT OF THE YEAR. Feeling so good ! Bravo ! @kjohar25 @aliaa08 @SOTYOfficial

aimii_sk: Loveddddd #SOTY...@SOTYOfficial and sid is now stucked in my head♥. ISHQ WALA LOVE

agrawaladiti: Ishqwala love <3. @kjohar25 What a fabulous film #SOTY.Thoroughly entertaining with all of your drama and bling :)

AdilQureshi15: Student of the year nyccc

ADI0207: Had a great tym,watched student of the year

aarush1aggarwal: Student of the Year was actually a really good movie! the guys were hot, now only if there were hot guys like that at my school #SadLife

9e3k: For what it's worth, #SOTY was extremely pretty and entertaining to the brim. Well done, the Dean of Bollywood bromance musical - @kjohar25

9a9k: Soty Best movie to watch with friends

4leaffcloverr: Dramatic. Cheesy. Unreal. And i like all of that ;) #SOTY

302Rana: Student of the year <3

29Future: Omg!!! Student of the year was amazing :) I loved Siddharth's performance...:D uffff

_adiz: Student of the year is such an owsum moviee !!

__K_am_: Just watched Student of the year! Cute movie..go see!!!

yums4s: Saw #soty yesterday itss a feel good movie typical kjo one dnt try to find any logic, just go and enjoy :-)

yfqueenie: "Student of the year" is a good one-time watch! Bit entertaining too! Or may be JUST one-time watch..!!! :/ :D

wearebuffaloz: #SOTY was a dencet watch ! Utterly cliched but enjoyable 2nd half ! Rishi Kapoor, take bow for that very last scene of yours. 3/5

Sum_1_special: #SOTY wz so so ... At times looks stupid, at times fresh, at times very enjoyable .. Not karan's best work. Newbie s did fantastic job !!

Shelina_x: Student of the year alright film buh those 2 guys are LUSH!..Only reason i went 2 watch it!!! #hotstuff

saketkore: #SOTY nt worth d hype.. one tym watch.. Sid n Varun r good.. Alia's cute bt can't act.. Story Ok-Ok.. Expected something better frm KJo..

rippling_joy: #SOTY is a one time watch. alia bhatt is beautiful. story just ok.

phanksp: one tym watch movie........had lot of expectations from #student of the year

imfizz: #SOTY has a fresh movie looks but nothing new beside the faces . Liked some lines and scenes overall just one time watch .

AshisshRulz: SOTY was 2.5/5

Aarti139: Student of the Year - Not Bad! #BetterThenExpected

ZainDeez: Student of the year is not good it reinforces my dislike for Bollywood

virus16x: Saw SOTY with the latest love if my life. Ghatiya movie spoilt all my post movie plans. Karan Johar go die

Venkta_s: Avoid SOTY. poor star cast, below average music, predictable story.

vdcricketer: "Student Of The Year" shud b awarded "The worst film of the year" title..... A complete disgust and idiotic piece of work

Unexceptionull: SOTY was POTY

TheTopspinner: You don't swim and race guys and girl in the same competition. #SOTY ... I'm disgusted with this movie. Gudnite!

TheBankerBaba: Really! I thought it was awesomely boring! RT @rukiee7: @rukiee7 soty was amazing !!!

thatdarkcoffee: If you liked SOTY, I am already judging you.

sunilganesh: Student Of The Year : there was nothing worthwhile in the movie. Lacks a good story and acting. Forgetful stuff.

sudhirsyal: Just saw Karan Johar's Student of the Year. Wondering why on earth did he make this movie?

siddhi36: i dont know how people liked student of the year X_X that movie was the DEFINITION of lameness X_X

shumaila_abidi: Student of the Year - Bakwaas - only thing to look for in the movie is Varun Dhawan

shaildesai: #SOTY- all i could say is that i am really thnkful tht it ended!! I want my sunday evening back!! #DontGoEvenIfBored #fb

RAW_nak: Watched Soty . Liked it. Not bad. 3 on 10 .

rapmenace: SOTY : Reviews in short- Ch, uu ki matra, T, ee ki matra, Ya, aa ki matra... #SOTY

qisamukhtasar: #SOTY - Not impressive! KJo wasn't required for this subject...

Photocanic: #SOTY bad ...

nisargsoni: SOTY ~ Crap !!!

ms_ahuja: Student of the year.. Lil disappointed with you Karan.

mauveblue2020: completely underdeveloped doubt SOTY is Karan Johar worst...he steals from 3 idiots, jane tu, Goblet of fire, kuch kuch...

manisha_jha: Wish KJo gave the money for #SOTY to Anurag sure he would do wonders with it...he would have produced 3 movies for sure :):)

MahekChandak: SOTY...felt too old for such schoolish stuff :P ...only good thing abt the movie was Varun Dhawan.

kunalbhandari88: Student of the year a complete waste of time ...

Keep_hate_away: Student of the year is kinda boring -.-

k_nandini: Farida Jalal and Rishi Kapoor are the only positives in a film where underage sex parades as puppy love #SOTY

JeetenSheth: Student of the Year? Just BS!

JathuzLilTrigga: Student of the year #WTF :/

harshpatel_26: Student of the year....... plz dont go for it! Save d money for garba passes!

HAdiwarekar: Shitty movie of the year #Soty

guptavikaas: Watched #SOTY, well .. feeling #SORY for myself !

Guidryhayley12: 2 hours of this student of the year crap and still doin it... #lastminute

EvilDentalist: SOTY:Bakwas wala flop

Ek_Tha_Baba: sHIT! I took nap in #SOTY . #oksorrybye

BinnyPuri: What a pathetic n boring film... K Jo has disappointed totally... Weak story, weak acting and very weak music.... Was such a drag... #SOTY

bhak_sala: Somebody should tell karan Johar that the word student is derived from the word study and not from stud #SOTY

ashleyraheja_xo: Student of the year was tooooo sick

appy70890: I am wondering now who will make classical romantic movie like #YashChopra ?? K.Johar is out league, Student of the year was trash.

AnuragRekhde: Watched SOTY almost puked candy:p!! Now i know what Kjo dreams about. Oh the horror!! I GOTY a headache now. Not kiddin!!

aiyeshabahadur: Looper is one of my favourite time travel movies, loved it, what a great way to get over SOTY.

9 readers - 3 yays 5 so-so 1 nays

Want to Watch, by manav : 90

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Jolly llb 2 1st

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Khushi

Yay! Thumbs Up, by susovan mishra

So-So, by Chiquitita

So-So, by how to make money and fast

So-So, by Saurabh Mangal : Story of a movie :: face of a model. Here, the buildup in the story did not live up to the ending.

So-So, by silvan

So-So, by Suman

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Vishal

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Rohan (Varun Dhawan), Shanaya (Alia Bhatt) and Abhimanyu (Siddharth Malhotra) are students at a fancy college which has a competition every year to award a student with the award for Student of the Year. Love brews, so does competition and jealousy.

What Worked

  • The 'papa kehte hai' turning into 'who cares!?'
  • The sports choreography at some places.
  • The background music and picturisation in the marriage sequence till it gets to the typical close-up of the hands.
  • A gay couple in the dance.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The 3 Idiots style of opening.
  • The character introductions
  • Sushma Seth for half a shot. Why have her at all?
  • Use of O M G.
  • How do the students know who is poor and who is rich when they haven't even met each other?
  • The rich-poor divide. The chamchas of the rich guys were from middle-class backgrounds too, so the rich did hang out with the not-rich students too.
  • The toilet humor
  • The mom asking daughter if she was using techniques like push-up bras and flirtatious BBMs to get the rich guy!
  • Playboy T-shirts, really?
  • The overdone jealousy in the massage on beach scene.
  • The talk of dates for the dance sequence, but no one really was dancing with their partner.
  • The way the triathlon is shot, nothing creative or engaging at all.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A couple of fist fights
  • Language: A couple of abusive words are hinted at and one is spelt out in Hindi almost as the mantra of the film, though it isn't repeated too many times.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Skimpily clad men and women throughout the film. One liplock.
  • Concept: That of friendship and love.
  • General Look and Feel: Bright and peppy, full of song and dance.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

Lead Actors:
Character Artists:
Music Director:

Comments (7)

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@Harsh bingo! ;)

O M G! @Swapnil a brilliant pardody after a long, long time. Thank you. Made my day, and made SOTY worth it too :P

Silvan De Souza

A typical KJO film with overdone stylisation, too many shots of guys showing their bodies, gay jokes.etc
It has a good concept and many scenes are well treated but overall a decent film thatz it
Amongst actors Siddharth and Varun are both fab
Alia is good enough but in 1 emotional scene I felt she could be better
The best part is Rishi Kapoor as the Gay Dean
Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor are decent


...thanks for the review ... i kind of feared the same...


Btw Siddharth looked far richer then Varun and didnt look a middle class guy.... Again problem of overstylisation in KJO films btw kudos to Keyoze Irani the fat guy a customary joke in Bollywood films... Keyoze is son of Boman Irani

@Saurabh yep!

@Vishal well, there you go...

@Silvan yep!


Direction: 2
Story: 1.5
Lead Actors: 3
Character Artists: 2

Dialogues: 2
Screenplay: 2
Music Director: 2
Lyrics: 2

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