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Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment's combined production Student of the Year (SOTY) releases today. The film marks the entries of three newcomers Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra into the glamourous world of Bollywood. Karan Johar has given blockbusters in the past and is known for catering to the young audiences, hence the expectations from SOTY are quite high.
Directed by Karan Johar, SOTY is a coming-of-age story that tracks the myriad emotions one goes through while on the journey from youth to adulthood. It is the story of Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth 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. Cupid strikes both, when the most happening girl in the campus Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt) enters. Next what happens? How things change in the trio's life?
The movie is set in the picturesque locales of Dehradun that give you a fresh and breezy feel. Student Of The Year is not a typical love story, as predicted by many. The film interestingly and innovatively defines the birth of new ambitions and old loyalties falling by the wayside. Each segment of Student Of The Year competition manages to tear apart both the participants and the spectators to redefine the choices of the three protagonists.
Amongst the trio, Siddharth Malhotra stands out at his best. Sid does a commendable job as Abhimanyu. This Punjabi munda deserves a hats off. Varun Dhawan too is quite convincing in the film. He suits well in his richy-rich, flirtatious character of Rohan. Finally, enters the 'dramebaaz', hotshot babe Alia Bhatt, aka Shanaya, who couldn't think anything better than brands and designer clothes. Alia's character in the film reminds us of K3G's Poo (Kareena Kapoor).
Student Of The Year has a bright and fresh feel and the promising debutantes add more to the froth in this Karan Johar directorial.
With a youthful setting, the film's soundtrack by duo Vishal-Shekhar, who have doled out seven tracks, gels well with the theme. Songs like 'Disco Deewane', 'Radha', 'Ishq Wala Love' and 'Vele' are already topping the chart.
Student of the Year is a youthful and interesting movie that deserves a thumps up. Three cheers for this.