Student Of The Year 2

Student of The Year 2 opened in theatres today i.e. May 10th, Friday. A sequel to Karan Johar’s Student of the Year, the movie looked and breathed quite the same, except for the actors.

Directed By – Punit Malhotra
Produced By – Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Screenplay By – Arshad Sayed
Starring – Tara Sutaria, Ananya Pandey, Tiger Shroff
Music By – Salim Merchant
Cinematography – Ravi K Chandran
Edited By – Ritesh Soni
Production Company – Dharma Productions, Fox Star Studios

Plot: Tiger Shroff aka Rohan Sehgal, is a star athlete of a not so dazzling Pishorilal Chamandas Collge. On the other hand, Aditya Seal aka Manav Singh Randhawa is a super wealthy student from a snobby Saint Teresa College next door. During a sports competition, Rohan follows his childhood sweetheart Tara Sutaria aka Mridula Chawla to the rich college. He then beats Manav in a track competition which creates an unnecessary animosity between the two “men”. Which gives us a predictable climax of a fight that juxtaposes the two colleges of the rich and the poor – for the annual Dignity Cup Kabaddi Tournament which will eventually decide the winner of ‘Student of The Year’. And oh yes, Shreya Randhawa aka Ananya Panday leaves no stone unturned to make Rohan’s life hell. I still wonder why!

Movie Review: Deja Vu right? Yes, the plot of ‘Student of the Year 2’ is almost the same as the earlier ‘Student of The Year’ from the same stable. Except, in SOTY there were two boys and a girl, and in SOTY 2 there are two girls and a boy. It intrigues me whether the writer has borrowed the plot from his own original story from its prequel? From the movie plot to Tiger Shroff’s facial expressions, nothing really moves in the film. Bollywood films of late have proven that not only women, they can also equally objectify a man. Tiger Shroff’s glossy abs and superfluous flying kicks have helped him bag this film, but somehow the fight sequences fail to fit into the storyline. It is also a mystery as to how a boy from a poor background maintains such a glamorous looking, smooth and polished, gym-sculpted body. Moreover, both the male leads appear to be not so convincing as the high school leads they are portraying. They look much older. Talking about the women in the movie, their presence is sought to be established in the usual manner, of being mere cheerleaders and love interests of the men. What’s more disheartening is that women are more irrelevant in SOTY 2 than its prequel.

However, the Student of The Year franchise has in the past given us Alia Bhatt, who was just a glam doll there but emerged as Sehmat (Raazi) and Veera (Highway) in later years. We hope we get to see more of these talented women who’re underutilised or barely utilised in Johar’s conglomerate.

Our Verdict: If you’re a fan of any of these ‘students’, you can maybe give it a shot. The foot tapping ‘Ye Jawani Hai Deewani’ song re-mix is certainly climbing up the charts.

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