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Student of The Year: Romancing The Brawn…
19 October, 2013
First of all, I was surprised at dreadful reviews this film received.
Karan Johar (KJ) never intended this to be a path-breaking film.
(If you want serious see “The Lunchbox”)
Having said that, I was, too, was put off by the reviews and it was only when my niece dragged me to the cinema, citing the film as “awesome” that I decided to go: reluctantly.
By interval, after endless ranting of my niece’s “I told you so”s, I confessed to her, that I was wrong and was silently cursing the so called critics who panned the film.
Subsequently, I bought a Blu ray of this film that is demo material (especially the song “Radha”) for a Hi definition TV with a brilliant surround sound.
KJ laughed all the way to the bank when the film sans stars went on to become Bollywood’s second biggest grosser with unknown stars, ever.
(Ashique-2 is the highest non-star grosser)
Alia Bhatt has been criticised as coming out as too arrogant but in this film it’s an asset.
That’s the way she is and maybe, deliberately chosen just for that look (of course being Mahesh Bhatt's daughter must have helped) but she is easy on the eyes.
Much has been said about Varun Dhawan and Siddhartha Malhotra (for the first half an hour both dudes looked the same to me) and I have a feeling they will go the John Abraham way: roles that focus on the physique, looking good and little else.
The main story is about friend turned foes and in love with a same girl (how original) but what matters here is the presentation: with larger than life classrooms, fast cars, good looking girls and boys with toned bodies, incredible locations, designer clothing and even the tears the stars shed are designer.
Add a gay Dean Rishi Kapoor who is on a deathbed that motivates all his previous students to collect together to sort out any misunderstanding that they may have had in the past.
In between, KJ sensitively touches the topics of friendships, family relationships, campus competitions and petty jealousies.
Against all logic, the package works.
If you have been following interviews of KJ like I have, he probably lived his college life, again, through the roles of the two heroes by this film: the life that he could not have as he was grossly obese (120 kgs) until the age of 26 (reflected in the character of Boman Irani’s son: Kayoze)
In Kayoze’s outburst at the end (which many found confusing) Karan Johar has tried to reflect what he must have gone through at that age and the film is a slap to all those who wrote him off because of his weight.
Recommended for the visual panache, the music and the picturisation of the songs.
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