From ‘Ishq Wala Love’ to ‘Hook Up Song’, producer KJo and director Punit Malhotra, how you guys came up with something SO intolerable is beyond me!
Rating – 2 / 5 ⭐️⭐
For those of you who remember the original Student of the Year (2012) the way I do, you will agree that although the film was no award-winning sensational trendsetter as such, it strived to fulfil its purpose of being a decent enough launch pad for Alia, Varun and Sid, two of whom have really gone on to prove their worth in the industry (no names to be taken). Despite its frivolity and insignificance, the original SOTY seemed to be well-structured and semi-interesting with some peppy addictive soundtracks (O munda kukkad kamaal daaa), adequate character development and effective use of a supporting cast…basically, it was everything that our next-gen SOTY 2 was absolutely not!
But it’s time for St. Teresa’s Batch of 2019 to enter the competition now! Rohan Sachdev (Tiger Shroff), a small-town nobody from Pishorilal Chamandas College in Mussoorie, whose talents include backflips, stunt kicks, jumping terraces, dancing and of course, pro Kabaddi, gains admission in the fancy-shmancy too-cool-to-be-a-school St. Teresa’s to finally reunite with the apparent love of his life Mridula Chawla a.k.a Mia (Tara Sutaria). But it’s not that easy, of course, not when siblings Shreya (Ananya Pandey) and Manav Singh Randhawa (Aditya Seal) have agendas of their own and all eyes are on the Student Of The Year Dignity Cup!
“Din tera tha, saal mera hoga!”
The film’s lack of flow and disturbed organization was probably its most evident and annoying flaw (well, that and Tara Sutaria). Random dream sequences, terrace jumping, selfies with the watchman, rich girl daddy issues, more terrace jumping – and not one of these scenes was completed and equipped to transition into the next. Romantic scenes were preceded by endless Kabaddi and the supposed hard-hitting moments were executed so poorly that after a point, the word ‘sense’ just ceased to exist! Loose ends and ignorable sub-plots pretty much formed a major chunk of this 146 minute illogical riot. And throw in some utterly senseless songs in there (Jatt Ludhiyane Da?) and you’ve got yourself the perfect walk-out-of-theatre worthy package! But speaking of songs, I must say that The Jawaani Song was the only bearable track out there, but just until the point where Will Smith made a thoroughly unnecessary entry, immediately tossing away the remnants of our expectations into the trash!
And now what we’ve all been waiting for – performances (or rather, the lack of it!). Main man Tiger Shroff was exactly how we’d last seen him – unable to do much in terms of acting but persistently holding up that flawless personality, thereby, winning the hearts of his fans yet again! Oh, but those jumps, flips, kicks and other slimy body movements were definitely a bit of an overdoze, especially when your film’s storyline barely requires any of it. Ananya Pandey was quite a charmer, surprisingly, particularly in the second half where the film’s plot has already made you suicidal… But jokes apart, the girl undoubtedly comes with a spark of hope, although she could benefit with some better dialogue delivery and character commitment. Tara Sutaria, on the other hand, was a human version of a headache! Not sure if it was her superficiality, stiff movements, extremely bland expressions or simply her inability to do some actual acting for God’s sake! But the real deal was undeniably hotshot Aditya Seal – he pulled off the role of evil champ Manav with unbelievable amounts of swag and composure!
Being a huge-ass Dharma Productions spectacle with the heartthrob Tiger Shroff and introducing two much-awaited girlies, SOTY 2 is bound to be a box office success whether you like it or not! So a word of advice – save yourself the regret, frustration and major PTSD required to sit through this one and instead, maybe re-watch SOTY 1 and reminisce about good ol’ days when KJo movies were actually, you know, watchable!
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