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Student of the Year Movie Review: Eye-Candy and So Much More

I have been waiting for Student of the Year since I saw the first look poster.  I fell in love with Varun Dhawan after the first trailer and I never miss a Dharma film.  I basically worship Karan Johar because his films give me so much happiness that my parents think I’m insane.  However, I just LOVE them.  Life can be cruel, mundane and disappointing at times but KJo’s films allow you to forget that for a short period of time.

Student of the Year is no typical Karan Johar film because it does not have SRK in it.  This being said that does not mean it isn’t a good film.  I REALLY enjoyed this movie.

Pros of SOTY:

1. THE CAST/ KARAN JOHAR

What can I say?  Those two boys are mighty good looking.  If you want to know what I think of Siddharth just listen to the song Kukkad from the film because it describes him bang on.  He is not just a handsome guy though, he can act.  His scene with Farida Jalal is especially noteworthy.  Speaking of Farida Ji, how I love her!  I just wish she would do more movies!  The only thing Siddharth needs to work on is his dancing.  He looks awkward especially in Radha.  It’s not just his fault though, choreographer Farah Khan should not have given him the one step in which he has one leg in the air while walking after Alia (it’s just plain weird).

Varun is the scene stealer in every scene he is in! He looks fantastic especially in that one yellow sweater.  I usually hate it when girls drool over guys and objectify them but Varun brings out that side in me too so I guess I’m just as bad!  Still, I have enough objectivity left in me to say he has done a superb job in terms of acting.  The one scene where he and Siddharth tell each other about their parents brought tears to my eyes especially when Varun says “My parents are dead too.”  This boy has a bright future because man can he dance (God knows why he says he is not a natural dancer in his interviews), he can act and he is devilishly good looking.

Alia fits the role of Shanaya perfectly.  She does well in her role and dances very well too.  Manish Malhotra has styled her to perfection and Micky Contractor’s makeup is flawless.  My only concern is that though this role was made for her what will she do after this?  She looks much too young to do anything but teenager/early adult roles and there are so few films that require that in Bollywood.

Kayoze Irani proves talent is is in the genes.  His father Boman Irani is one of my favourite actors and Kayoze does him proud.  If I went to St Teresa’s I would be a carbon copy of his character so I related to him very much.  The outsider who is ready to study his butt off but lacks any scope for athletics or dance.  The critics have been raving about his big speech and I have to agree he was splendid.  I really hope we get to see more of this talented guy.

Rishi Kapoor is one of the most versatile actors I have ever seen.  From Rauf Lala to Dean Yoginder Vasisht one cannot believe it’s the same man.  He was so scary in Agneepath and now he is SOOOO funny in Student of the Year.  I salute you sir!

Ram Kapoor is great at being a jerk as you’ll know if you have seen his TV serials and Student of the Year is no exception.  His character though is one thing that bothered me about the film because no father is so relentlessly cruel.  Karan should have added some remorse or sensitivity into the character.  Ram’s wife in real life also plays his wife in the film and she is beautiful but does not have much to do except basically be Jaya Bachchan from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum.  I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the brief Karan gave her.

Ronit Roy is fabulous as the strict but tender hearted sport coach.  Manjot Singh is hilarious and loveable as he always is.  No KJo film is complete without a sardar ji and Manjot is wonderful as Dimpy.  Sana Saeed (little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) fits her role like a glove so hat’s off to her.  I just wish there was more for her to do especially in the “grown-up students” parts (you’ll get what I mean when you see the film).  Lastly, the young man playing Varun’s friend, Jeet is super funny and effective especially the one joke he makes about Parsi’s (not offensive but super funny!).

With such a young cast  but such fine acting it is obvious the captain of the ship deserves a standing ovation.  This was probably Karan’s most challenging film in terms of direction and it’s obvious he has nurtured these newcomers and the result is they have blossomed into promising talents.

2. THE MUSIC AND SONG PICTURIZATION/CHOREOGRAPHY

Every song is this film is amazing! Even the one’s I found myself thinking what is this when I heard the soundtrack (i.e. Kukkad).  Moreover, KJo adds renditions of some old classics into the narratives which just enhances the narrative.   Of course KJo is known for his song picturization but this is the best of all his films.  Stunning!  Remo D’Souza’s “Disco Dewane” hook step has been stuck in my head for over a month and I’m still not bored! Actually all the songs have great choreography whether it be Vele (Bosco-Caesar), Ishq Wala Love (Farah Khan), Kukkad and Radha (again Farah Khan, except that one step aforementioned).

3. THE CINEMATOGRAPHY AND ST. TERESA’S

Props to Cinematographer Ayananka Bose, he makes everything look like a dream.  Really, from Kashmir to Dehradun to Bangkok everything is translated onto celluloid like it is all heaven on earth.  Such a treat for the eyes.  I must especially mention the triathlon!  It’s an adrenaline rush just to watch!

St.Teresa’s puts Oxford, Yale and Harvard to shame.  How I wish St Teresa’s was real and I went to college there.  Life would be amazing! The assembly hall, the cafeteria and the lecture hall all amazing sets and the only real thing is the stunning campus which is actually Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.

4. THE DIALOGUES

Niranjan Iyengar is Karan’s go to guy for dialogues and their close friendship is obvious because the dialogues match the screenplay/story spot on.  The dialogues are extremely effective and reflect an understanding of today’s youth.  There are also some super funny jokes, some of which have been mentioned above.  However, the best part is Rishi Kapoor’s dialogues.  They are so adorable yet funny.

5. THE SCREENPLAY

I could not believe my eyes when the opening credits declared Rensil D’Silva has done the screenplay of this film.  This is the guy who directed Kurbaan! From such a dark, hard hitting film to this college story! What a 360 degree turn! Karan clearly knows how to pick talent.  The screenplay flows fluently from songs to romance to a triathlon!

Cons of SOTY:

1. THE ENDING:

I can’t reveal much because I want you to go buy a ticket and see the movie but I was unhappy with the ending.  I felt one of the characters was treated unfairly by the script.  However, the film in it’s entirety is so good that I’ll just pretend my choice of ending is what really happened LOL.

2. SHANAYA

She is too confused throughout the film.  I wish Karan had developed the character just a tad more or had let her explain her behaviour/choices so the viewer could have some closure.

All in all Student of the Year lived up to my expectations and I can’t wait to see more of the cast in their future ventures.  If you are a teenager or just entered adulthood give this movie a shot.  It had romance for the boys and sports for the guys but it also reminds you that the friends you make in college can be the ones you keep for your whole life.  I know that one thought that came into my head while watching the film was “I really hope me and my friends can be friends even after college is over and we all move on in our lives.”

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Student of the Year: The Biggest Launch For Any Newcomer EVER!

I am VERY excited to see Student of the Year or SOTY.  Watching the trailers I experience three things:

1. REMINISCENCE – Not of my high school days ha ha! My high school was so drab that even Karan Johar could not make it look glamourous!  No the feeling of reminiscence is directed towards one of my favorite films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.  Obviously this film’s plot is not even remotely similar to KKHH but it too appears to be a grand, larger than life story.  I love such films and that is why I so eagerly await every Karan Johar film!

2.  CRUSH AT FIRST SIGHT – I think both the boys are very handsome but I just couldn’t keep my eyes off Varun! When I heard Varun Dhawan was acting in Karan Johar’s next film this is not what I imagined him to be like.  Now, I am eagerly awaiting his debut.  That is not to say that Siddharth is not devilishly handsome as well.  This October girls will have no shortage of eye candy thanks to Mr. Johar!

3. AWE – The opening shots of the school leave you in awe.  Then, the three youngsters leave you in awe.  They are all model-like and have impeccable fashion sense.  Then you see the multiple shots of people walking, exercising and dancing in complete sync.  Moreover, the prom song “Disco Deewane” leaves you wishing that your prom/school dance was even 1/1000th as cool as this fictional prom!

I know I am counting down the days to October 19th, the day Student of the Year releases.  What about you?  Watch the trailers below.

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Imran-Kareena to work together again after Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu!

That explains why Kareena opted out of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.  I guess she prefers Punit Malhotra/KJo over Mr. Bhansali.  Or do you think she chose this film instead because she prefers Imran over Ranveer Singh?  I personally think it’s a bad decision on her part because 1. Ranveer is a promising up and coming talent, 2. Sanjay Leela Bhansali made Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas for heavens sake!

What do you think, did Kareena make a good decision or a bad one?  She is known to toss aside films that later go on to become super hits (Remember Kal Ho Na Ho?).

Heroine Found! Imran-Parineeti B’Town’s Newest Onscreen Jodi

Last month I wrote about Imran Khan’s future ventures but since then things have changed, ALOT!

1. Imran is no longer doing the Two States film adaptation.  Instead the film’s leading man will be Arjun Kapoor.  The director will be debutant Abhishek Varman (assistant director of My Name Is Khan and creative director of Student of the Year).  The heroine has yet to be confirmed but my fingers are crossed for either Katrina, Parineeti or Priyanka!

2. Imran Khan is STILL doing a Dharma film with director Punit Malhotra.  Now, the duo have found their heroine, well at least one of them! According to prominent bollywood blogger Miss Malini, Parineeti Chopra has beat out Anushka Sharma for the part of one of the leading ladies.  The second female lead has yet to be announced but wouldn’t it be great if it was Priyanka? Two cousins competing for one guy!

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Yet Another Leading Man for Two States

Okay so looks like Arjun Kapoor is going to be the lead of the Two States movie adaptation. The director will be one of Karan Johar’s assistant directors from My Name Is Khan and the film will be produced jointly by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiawala!

When will this movie actually go on floors and will Arjun actually be the lead when it finally does? After all, SRK, Ranbir and Imran all said they were doing the film at one time or another!

I think it’s nice that an actual Punjabi munda will be playing the punjabi boy from the book. Plus after Ishqzaade it will be nice to see Arjun play a lovey dovey, funny and cute college going boy who falls in love! It will really be a test as to whether he can pull off diverse roles. Best of luck Arjun!

Imran Khan is a busy guy!

Mr. Imran Khan is one busy guy! He just wrapped Vishal Bhardwaj’s next film with Anushka Sharma and now he is on to two very exciting projects.  The first is Punit Malhotra’s next film.  This is the second time Imran will work with Punit (the first time was for I Hate Luv Storys).

The second film is the film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel Two States.  The story revolves around a punjabi guy and a tamil girl who fall in love but must face the opposition of their parents.  This film has changed directors, leading men and leading ladies several times:

First it was to be directed by Siddharth Anand (Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Anjaana Anjaani) and Priyanka Chopra was to be the leading lady.

Then, Vishal Bhardwaj was to direct the film and Shah Rukh Khan was to star in the film.

After that Ranbir Kapoor confirmed he was approached for the project and Imtiaz Ali was chosen to direct.

Now Imran has been chosen as the leading man and Imtiaz Ali is directing.

Guess we will have to wait and watch who bags the role of the female protagonist.

Personally I wanted to see Ranbir as leading man.  He would have brought that punjabi authenticity that the role requires.  Still, I love Imran too so not too disappointing.  I think he can pull it off as long as he doesn’t take a stereotypical approach toward his character of a punjabi boy (paranthas, mummy’s boy, lots of galis, etc).  As for leading lady I think PC is a great choice! Even though she is a punjabi she had portrayed characters of various regions of India very well.  If any actress can fit into any role it’s PC (remember she played 12 characters in What’s Your Raashee?).  Plus I think the PC-Imran jodi will be a pleasant surprise like the Kareena-Imran jodi was.  Having said that other names doing the rounds are Asin and Deepika.

If you haven’t read the book yet get your hands on it now! It’s a great read for those who love all things romantic.

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Karan Johar’s / KJo’s Birthday Party Pictures

I would like to start by wishing Mr. Karan Johar a very happy birthday.  Whenever a Dharma film comes out I go and watch it without reading a single review because I know it’s going to be a quality film.  So here’s wishing his prosperity and a long life so he can continue making films that entertain us!

Everyone who is anyone was at this party if they were in the country (Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor are at Cannes, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan are also out of town, Salman and Katrina are also out of the country shooting for Ek Tha Tiger). Priyanka Chopra WAS AT THE PARTY contrary to rumours!

The birthday boy, Karan Johar!

Bipasha Basu!

Kajol with sister Tanisha!

Aamir Khan with wife Kiran.

Shahrukh Khan with wife Gauri!

Sanjay Dut with his wife, sisters and brother-in-laws!

Imran with his wife Avantika!

Sonakshi Sinha!

Karan with his mom, Mrs. Hiroo Yash Johar!

Malaika Arora Khan and sister Amrita Arora. Amrita is pregnant with her second child.

Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor!

Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Renaut! So much for the rumours the two don’t get along after the Kites incident!

Kangana Renaut

Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan!

Anushka Sharma

Suzzane Roshan and her sister Farah Khan!

Suzzane and Hrithik.

Boman Irani with his son and wife.

New aunt Shamita Shetty (Shilpa just has a baby boy)!

Farhan Akhtar and Kunal Kohli!

Farhan Akhtar and wife Adhuna

Raveena Tandon!

Priyanka Chopra

Ritesh and Genelia!

Asin

Parineeti Chopra

Urmila

Shahid Kapoor

Dia Mirza

Zoya Akhtar and Reema Katgi

Punit Malhotra and Ali Zafar

Ali Zafar and wife.

Jaya Bachchan

Ekta Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Jeetendra

Ekta Kapoor

Tabu, Kalki

Tina and Anil Ambani

Sophie Choudhry

Sonali Bendre and Goldie Behl

Nargis Fakhri

Konkona Sen Sharma

Rani Mukerjee

Akshay and Sajid

Akshay Kumar

Deepika

Juhi Chawla and her husband.

Anil Kapoor and his wife.

Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor

Neha Dhupia and her boyfriend.

Neelam and Sameer Soni

Alvira Khan (Salman’s sister)

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu

Kiran, Anupam and Sikander Kher

Arjun Kapoor

More pictures to come!

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