Karan Johar is back with his candyfloss romance creating a fantasy world full of good looking people, expensive things and exotic locations. If bubblegum romance is your cup of tea then SOY is totally your type.
Student of the Year is set in impossibly chic campus of St Teresa High School where good looking students dressed in designer clothes lounge in canteens or break into a song & dance routine. The story is a simple love triangle on the background of the Student of the Year competition. The two heroes are Abhimanyu (Siddharth Malhotra) and Rohan (Varun Dhawan).They is as different as chalk and cheese. Abhimanyu is an ambitious boy next door (who is drop dead gorgeous with abs to kill for) studying in St Teressa on scholarship while Rohan (again a hunk) is a spoilt rich kid of India’s leading business tycoon who is also the school’s chief trustee. The lady in the love triangle is Shanaya Singhania ((Alia Bhatt), a dolled up rich babe who substitutes her lack of family ties with designer labels .The two heroes with different backgrounds and clear goals clash with each other in parking lots, football fields and canteen. Their rivalry takes an unexpected turn when the enemies turn friends. But this lasts for a short time as the enemies turned friends turn back into enemies when Abhimanyu falls for Rohan’s childhood sweetheart Shanaya and she silently reciprocates. The Student of the Year competition initiated by d Dean Yoginder Vasisht (Rishi Kapoor ) adds fuel to the fire as new ambitions are born , old loyalties fall aside and the competition manages to tear apart the lives of the participants.
The side cast consisting of the rich guy’s chamcha, the best friend of the school’s most popular girl, the fat guy whom everybody makes fun of, the opportunist hot girl may seem stereotypes but somehow one can see the shades of them in your friends as well.
Siddharth Malhotra as Abhimanyu is pleasant and sincere. Varun Dhawan comes off as a confident new comer. Alia Bhatt is cute but passable. She portrays the role of spoilt, clueless rich girl well but lacks the attitude of Kareena Kapoor’s Poo.Rishi Kapoor plays the role of a gay deal lusting after the football coach with ease and is highly entertaining.
Vishal shekhar’s music is peppy and hummable.
The film rains glamour and gloss. The script is entirely unoriginal but it doesn’t bother Karan Johar and he doesn’t let it bother you as well. His entire magic lies in presentation rather than story telling. Its campus romance revisited but without the magic of KKHH.
It is basically escapist cinema which doesn’t have any life changing points to make.