DKODING Verdict : Lives up to the expectations, but not in a good way.
By Chetan Mehrishi
The Karan Johar produced and Punit Malhotra directed Student Of The Year 2 released this Friday and I have no regrets in saying that the film is exactly as was expected from a Karan Johar venture.
You’ll find everything in this Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Pandey and Aditya Seal starrer “saga” from hunky, masculine boys to scantily clad college girls to physics-defying stunts to the grandiose song and dance routines.
Who needs a good story when you have all that. Correct? So here’s our analysis for this mind-numbing extravaganza which is Student Of The Year 2.
What’s it about?
Ok, let me try. Ugh… Boy (poor because why not!) loves girl. Girl goes to high school and meets a rich douche (who also happens to have a garden variety brat of a sister).
Girl leaves the boy and goes for the douche ’cause hey, money talks. A boy goes to her high school to get her back. Douche’s sister now loves boy. Boy and douche compete for a competition which is for some reason more important than the Mid-terms.
Then we have biceps, jackets, micro-minis, sports cars, dances, songs, jumps, kicks, punches (gasps for air). Yeah. That sums it all up!
On the downside
Let’s get the bad news out first. The film has got no character depth. The script feels lazy as plot points worth developing are abandoned mid-way as if the movie speaks to you “I’m sorry I have nothing more. Can I interest you in a dance number?”
Like seeds in a watermelon, absurdities in the film are plenty, some you can’t even spit out! And could somebody please tell me how are we supposed to see a 16-year-old student in a 29-year-old Tiger?
Back in our college, we used to get beaten to within an inch of our lives for wearing jackets without the shirt underneath.
And about 95% of all the students looked like refugees in a relief camp. I don’t care if you’re in Delhi, Mumbai or Gurgaon, you cannot find so many model-worthy boys and girls at one place.
On the Upside
Giving credit where it’s due, the actors have done a pretty good job with whatever little they were given. Both Tara and Ananya have put in all their efforts on such shamelessly stereotypical roles assigned to them. Aditya Seal has done justice to his character.
Tiger Shroff, well he’s been a very good Tiger Shroff! Special shoutout to Harsh Beniwal. The spot-on comic timing of this Youtuber might be the one saving grace for the film.
All in All
Overall the film can work at many levels, script not being one of them. Otherwise, if you like to relive the college days you never had, this is the movie for you.
Go watch it for what it is, a launch pad for introducing new faces in Bollywood. You’d be kidding yourself if you’d expected a deeper meaning and strong, real characters from this debacle of a movie.
We just ran out of stars to give… Oh, wait! Here are some. One and a half because Bacchon ne mehnat to ki hai!