For the past few years every movie produced or directed by maverick film maker Karan Johar has been awaited by every cine goers. It is a fast rule you can like him or hate him but you cannot ignore his movies or him. This week KJo comes out with his first movie that introduces not only the three main leads but also a horde of newcomers in the supporting cast. 

Student of the Year or SOTY is the only movie that doesn’t cast his favorite King Khan and still has got all the ingredients to make it a full fledged BLOCKBUSTER. Coming to the story. SOTY is the story of Abhimanyu Singh [Sidharth 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. 

Rohan a.k.a. Ro is the son of a business tycoon who has the hots for every girl in the town although he has a devoted girlfriend in Shanaya [Alia Bhatt]. He is a popular guy in the college and for him the twists and turns in his life makes it a goal to become the SOTY. While Abhimanyu a.k.a Abhi comes from a middle-class family and wants to achieve great heights of success and prosperity, the first step to which will be the ‘Student Of The Year’ trophy.

The two protagonists with distinct backgrounds and clear goals clash with each other in the locker room, football field and the canteen. Things are further knotted up when Shanaya Singhania [Alia Bhatt], falls in love with Abhi who also is attracted to her even though she is his best friend’s girl. This causes a rift in their friendship and, Abhi and Rohan are ready for a face-off and battle lines are drawn through the length and breadth of the campus, with only one goal in everyone’s eyes — ‘Student Of The Year’ trophy. 

The story is nothing great but the treatment by KJo is wonderful, every character gets a distinct role that is well defined. The supporting cast comprising of Sana Saeed, Sahil Anand, Kayoze Irani, Ram Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Ronit Roy etc are brilliant. 

Among the main leads Varun Dhawan is a performer while Siddharth Malhotra is someone to look for in the coming years. Alia Bhat is beautiful and has done a decent job. The music compared to KJo’s previous movies are not great shakes but still ‘Ishqwala Love’ ‘Velle’ ‘Disco Deewane’ and ‘Radha’ are quite good. 

On the whole the movie is going to do very well at the Box Office and it will benefit everyone associated with the movie.

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