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Student of the Year
Student of the Year Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Karan Johar
Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar
Gauri Khan
Shahrukh Khan
Karan Johar
Written by Niranjan Iyengar
(dialogue)
Screenplay by Rensil D'Silva
Starring Siddharth Malhotra
Alia Bhatt
Varun Dhawan
Rishi Kapoor
Narrated by Group of cast[1]
Music by Vishal-Shekhar
Cinematography Ayananka Bose
Edited by Deepa Bhatia
Production
  company
Dharma Productions
Red Chillies Entertainment
Distributed by Dharma Productions (India)
Eros Entertainment (International)[2]
Release date(s)
  • 19 October 2012 (2012-10-19)
Running time 146 minutes[2]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR450 million (US$7.6 million)[3]
Box office INR710 million (US$12 million)
(worldwide nett. gross)[4]

Student of the Year is a 2012 Indian coming-of-age romantic comedy film directed by Karan Johar and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions and Gauri Khan Shahrukh Khan in collaboration with Red Chillies Entertainment.[5] The movie features newcomers Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in the lead roles with Rishi Kapoor, Sana Saeed, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor and Farida Jalal in supporting roles. The movie also features Boman Irani, Kajol, Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant in guest appearances.

Student of the Year was released on 19 October 2012 in over 1400 locations across India. It was a critical and commercial success and gained positive to mixed reviews from critics and good box office collections.[6][7] The movie remained the second highest grossing Bollywood film in the month of October and is one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2012.[8]

Plot summary[edit]

Dean of St. Teresa College, Yogindra Vashist (Rishi Kapoor), is in the hospital. Kaizaad "Sudo" Sodabottleopenerwala (Kayoze Irani), Tanya Israni (Sana Saeed), Jeet Khurana (Sahil Anand) and Shruti Pathak (Mansi Rachh) reminisce about their years in St. Teresa College and the events that led up to the present day.

In a flashback, Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan), the son of a business tycoon, Ashok Nanda (Ram Kapoor), grapples with a complex relationship with his father and knows that winning the Student of the Year trophy will bag him the approval that he subconsciously craves for. Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt) is the popular yet arrogant girl whom every guy in the college wants to be with. Abhimanyu "Abhi" Singh (Sidharth Malhotra), who comes from a middle-class family, is there on a scholarship, and wants to achieve great heights of success and prosperity; the first step to which will be the Student of the Year trophy. When Rohan and Abhi, with distinct backgrounds and clear goals, clash with each other in the locker room, football field and the canteen, there is no question in anyone's mind that the preset equations of the St. Teresa's campus are about to change.

When Abhi and Rohan’s rivalry takes an unexpected turn to friendship, neither pre-empts the complications that would brew. When introduced to Rohan's father, Abhi admits that he wanted to be like him, which prompts Ashok to say that Abhi is more like a son to him, and that he doesn't approve of what Rohan does. Things are further knotted up when Shanaya enters the equation. While Shanaya and Rohan are childhood sweethearts, Abhi is attracted to Shanaya at first, but when confronted by Rohan, dismisses her as 'not his type'. Tanya continues to try and weaken the relationship of Shanaya and Rohan by flirting unabashedly with Rohan who enjoys her attention, upsetting Shanaya time and again. She seeks the help of Abhimanyu, to make Rohan realise what he is missing out on by making him jealous when Rohan and Shanaya go on also during his elder brother's wedding in Thailand. As Shanaya flirts with Abhimanyu to try and reclaim Rohan's attention, which she eventually does, Abhimanyu falls in love with Shanaya. Looming large over the various friendships in the campus is the Student of the Year tournament and the Dean's emphasis on success and victory, which they face upon returning from the wedding.

Abhi gradually moves away from Shanaya after she finds out that he likes her, and despite her attempts to reconnect with him, he doesn't respond. After Rohan, Abhi and Shanaya are selected for the competition, Abhi and Shanaya's team win the first segment of the competition. To celebrate Abhi's victory Rohan invites himself to Abhi's uncle's house, where Abhi's grandma has a sudden heart attack. The next day, Shanaya turns up with flowers for Abhi's grandma which then becomes a routine that brings her closer to Abhi. After Abhi's grandma dies, he turns reclusive and tries to avoid everyone including Shanaya, but an unexpected moment leads to them kissing only to be caught by Rohan. A fight between Rohan and Abhi ensues in which both of them get severely hurt. Shanaya then gets very upset and says that neither of them care about her or her feelings and just think that she is a prize that they can win by fighting. Beat up, Rohan arrives home where his father Ashok argues with him about his actions, which prompts Rohan to say that he doesn't want to be his son any more and walks out. The foes-turned-friends-turned foes are now 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 - the Student of the Year trophy. Shruti and Shanaya have a big fight as well because Shanaya is confused between Rohan and Abhi, when Shruti, not-so-subtly tries to get Shanaya to drop out of the competition so she will have a better chance of progressing to the third stage. At the second segment, which is the prom, Shanaya goes to the prom with Jeet, Rohan with Tanya and Abhi with Shruti. During the second segment of the competition, Rohan realizes that Shanaya does love Abhi but can't show it because of the tension among the three. In the final segment Rohan wins, with Abhi coming in a very close second. At the awards ceremony, the Dean gives the award to Rohan, but he does not accept it. A drunk Sudo insults the Dean for creating a competition which created rift among friends.

Ten years later, Abhi is married to Shanaya. Abhi and Rohan meet, Abhi is now a business tycoon like Rohan's father, and Rohan has fulfilled his dream of becoming a musician. It is revealed that Rohan did not accept the award because he knew that Abhi lost on purpose. Abhi explains to Rohan that he saw his father enjoying Rohan lose, after which he decided to lose to teach Rohan's father a lesson. Another argument sparks another fight between Rohan and Abhi, which then ends in them making up. In the end, Abhi and Rohan race together in a stadium, showing that nothing can break their friendship.

Cast[edit]

  • Manini Mishra as Geetha Singh (Abhimanyu's aunt) (Extended cameo)
  • Prachi Shah as Coach Shah's wife (Extended Cameo)
  • Nandini Sen as Shanaya's mother (Extended cameo)
  • Sushma Seth as Yoginder's mother (Cameo)
  • Boman Irani as Harkishan Sanan (Guest appearance)
  • Kajol in a guest appearance in "The Disco Song"
  • Farah Khan in a guest appearance as a judge in "The Disco Song"
  • Vaibhavi Merchant in a guest appearance as a judge in "The Disco Song"

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, the first three debutantes ever to star in a Karan Johar directorial

On 5 January 2011, Karan Johar uploaded the first look poster of the new film on the micro-blogging website Twitter.[9] Student of the Year marks the debuts of Alia Bhatt, the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, the son of director David Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Boman Irani's son Kayoze Irani and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai fame Sana Saeed (role of "Anjali" as the daughter of Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji).

Malhotra and Dhawan had previously worked as assistant directors under Johar during the making of the 2010 film My Name Is Khan.[10] Rishi Kapoor played a gay dean.

The first official trailer was released on 2 August 2012. Karan Johar later tweeted saying that the film will be released on 19 October 2012.[11]

Filming[edit]

On 16 August 2011, director Karan Johar took the Mahurat shot and Mumbai socialite Parmeshwar Godrej rolled the cameras.[12] Some parts of the movie were shot in Kashmir and Dehradun (Forest Research Institute, Dehradun).[13] The external view of the school was taken from Kasiga School Dehradun, whose name was changed to St. Teresa. Rob Miller of ReelSports, who had worked with Shahrukh Khan on Chak De! India, was hired to direct the sports action in Student of the Year.

Marketing[edit]

The film targeted viewers with contest-based marketing. Stressing 'competition' which would make up for a significant part of the movie, contests such as 'Nano Student of the Year', 'The Buddy of the Year' and 'FedEx International Student of the Year' were launched targeting students across the country.

Tata Motors, on-ground promotion partner for the movie, launched the 'Nano Student of the Year' contest for all college students in India.[14] In the first round students were judged on four parameters; namely, academics, culture, sports and social life. The top eight finalists would compete for the 'Nano Student of the Year' title.[15] The contest has been running across India since mid-September 2012.

The production house recently partnered with FedEx Express announcing a special 'FedEx Student Offer' and launch of 'FedEx International Student of the Year' campaign. It was aimed at individuals in India applying for higher education abroad. Student of the Year was promoted across non-fiction properties such as Kaun Banega Crorepati on Sony Entertainment Television and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Bigg Boss on Colors. Radio stations such as Red FM, Radio City, Big FM were used for the promotion of the film and its music.[16]

Pre-release business[edit]

The satellite rights of Student of the Year were sold with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani for INR500 million (US$8.4 million) together to Sony Entertainment Television.[17] The music rights were sold to Sony Music for a sum of INR70 million (US$1.2 million).[18]

Post-release box office[edit]

Critics were apprehensive of the success of the film as several hyped movies have flopped over the years. Also, the movie had a very high price tag and newcomers starred in the movie.[19] However, the film took a thunderous start at the box office, becoming the biggest non-starcast opener ever in Bollywood.[20] The movie surpassed trade expectations and caused profit to both makers and distributors in the first week itself. It remained the highest grossing non-starcast film in Bollywood until its record was broken by Aashiqui 2.[21]

India[edit]

Student of the Year had a good opening at multiplexes while little lower at single screens due to limited release where it had collected INR74.8 million (US$1.3 million) on its opening day.[6][22] The film showed good growth on its second day and collected INR85.0 million (US$1.4 million) nett.[23] Student of the Year collected a good figure of around INR253 million (US$4.3 million) at the end of its first weekend.[24] It did very well and collected INR431 million (US$7.2 million) nett in its first week.[25] The film had a moderate second weekend where it earned around INR80 million (US$1.3 million) nett.[26] Student of the Year had a drop in its second and third week where it had collected INR140 million (US$2.4 million) and INR32.5 million (US$550,000) respectively to make a total of INR633 million (US$11 million) in three weeks.[27][28]

As per the latest updates, Student of the Year stands at an all India collection of INR700 million (US$12 million) after four weeks run at the box office.[29]

Overseas[edit]

Student of the Year collected about million, which Box Office India thought was a poor showing for having been released on 300 screens .[30] It collected around million in ten days. The film fell in the second week in most markets.[31] Student of the Year closed at around million in overseas markets.[32]

Critical reception[edit]

Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt promoting the movie

Upon release,Student of the Year received an aggregate score of 5.5 out of 10 at Reviewgang.[7] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave 4/5 stars, saying that "Student of the Year is a love story that traverses the trodden path. But KJo is an artisan with intellect and taste and he ensures that the script is spruced up and modernized with such elan that it doesn't offend the spectator's wisdom or intelligence. The accomplished director takes on familiar material and gives it an entirely new twirl. This is escapist cinema at its best! On the whole, Student of the Year is amongst Karan Johar's most accomplished works. The youth brigade would love it and those who have already passed that age would want to revisit those days. This one's entertainment, entertainment and entertainment at its best. Clearly, KJo has a winner on hands, yet again!"[33] Komal Nahta also gave it 4/5 calling it a "supremely entertaining" movie.[34] Raedita Tandon of Filmfare gave it a 4/5 stars stating "All in all, Karan’s SOTY world is surreal and spectacular yet it has moments that will bring you back to reality and warm the cockles of your heart. This is escapism at its best."[35] Joginder Tuteja of Indiaglitz gave the movie 4/5 stars and commented,"With a fun outing like Student of the Year, Karan Johar has proven once again that he can fluctuate between making a relatively serious film like 'My Name Is Khan' and come back to candy floss youth entertainer in the mode of 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'. With an eye on some lavish entertainment translating on screen and bringing new talent to the industry, 'Student of the Year' is a winner." Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India gave the film 3.5/5 stars, stating that "Student of the Year takes you back to your books and sinks you in true-blue Bollywood syllabus, following the 'formula' - Two boys, one girl, one glorious trophy and lots of testosterone. It is larger-than-life, colourful, lavish, beautifully shot and directed. With medleys, dance, drama and everything good-looking (from cast to couches, dorms to discos)."[36] Indicine gave it 3.5/5 stars, commenting "Overall, there isn’t a dull moment in Student of the Year. It has something in it for everyone – romance, action, entertainment, good performances and catchy music. Go for it."[37] Social Movie rating site MOZVO gave it a score of 3.7/5 putting it in the recommended category.[38]

Rajeev Masand of IBNLive gave it 3/5 stars and wrote, "Nitpickings aside, this is a breezy, enjoyable film by a director who knows his craft." He remarked, "If fun is what you’re seeking, you won't be disappointed."[39] Giving the film 3/5 stars, Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times wrote, "Karan Johar's forte is excess. He creates fantastical worlds brimming with beautiful people and expensive things and yet anchors them in high emotion. His films work as both designer porn and soap opera." She also praised the performance of the cast.[40] Sukanya Verma of Rediff gave 3/5 stars, commenting that "Student of the Year is no Kuch Kuch Hota Hai but Karan Johar makes it look good."[41] Rubina A Khan of The First Post gave the film 3/5 stars, stating that "Student of the Year is not KJo's finest work. Sure, it’s got all the elements of finesse and expansive production values that his films are known for, but he has also been very pivotal in directing and producing films with engaging stories in the past."[42] Nabanita of Oneindia gave it 3/5 commenting "Student of the Year is a youthful and interesting movie that deserves a thumps up. Three cheers for this."[43] Box Office Capsule gave it a rating of 3/5 while commenting, "Watch it as fresh romantic film with loads of fun and entertainment."[44] India Today also gave the film a rating of 3/5.[45] Sify awarded it 3/5 stars saying, "So there you have it - a fun, frothy film that won't insult your intelligence and sensibility. Worth a watch!"[46]

Roshni Devi of Koimoi gave it 2.5/5 stars, praising the performances. Kanika Sikka of DNA India gave 2.5/5 stars, concluding that "Student of the Year is not something you would want to miss if the surreal setting with bubble gum romance is your calling. The performances make this film a great watch."[47] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 2.5/5 stars, commenting that "Student of the Year definitely isn't the film of the year. But if you like your entertainment to be served up with glitzy but pulpy garnishing, pirouette your way to the nearest screen by all means."[48] Ananya Bhattacharya of Zee News gave the film 2/5 stars, saying that "Student of the Year is worth a watch only for the debutantes. They have really pulled off a tough task of playing praiseworthy roles in a film which suffers from the lack-of-a-story syndrome."[49]

Impact[edit]

Bollywood generally has big hits in the form of movies which have a dazling starcast with a lot of market value. Very few movies without a big starcast work in the industry. However, the defining success of Student of the Year gave producers more confidence in investment over films with new starcasts. It is to be noted that Student of the Year was the third non-starcast film to emerge a huge hit after Ishaqzaade and Vicky Donor in 2012.[50] However, each of these films earned revenues in the range of INR400 million (US$6.7 million) to INR500 million (US$8.4 million) while SOTY proved that the collections for such films can be as high as INR700 million (US$12 million) in India alone. After, Student of the Year, a string of non-starcast films including Kai Po Che!, Chashme Buddoor, Aashiqui 2, Shuddh Desi Romance and Grand Masti were successful at the box office.[51][52]

After the success of Student of the Year, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan became overnight sensations.[53] Their popularity was seen in various polls, functions and award shows. They have currently signed big budget movies and endorse many big brands.[54]

Home media[edit]

A two-disc DVD set was released on 24 December 2012 which contains making of the film, song, and deleted scenes. Bollywood Hungama gave the DVD 4/5 stars.[55]

Soundtrack[edit]

Student of the Year
Soundtrack album by Vishal-Shekhar
Released 31 August 2012
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 30:24
Label Sony Music
Producer Karan Johar
Vishal-Shekhar chronology
Shanghai
(2012)
Student of the Year
(2012)
Gippi
(2013)

The soundtrack is composed by Vishal-Shekhar with the lyrics penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan.

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "The Disco Song"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Benny Dayal, Nazia Hassan, Sunidhi Chauhan 5:42
2. "Ishq Wala Love"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Shekhar Ravjiani, Salim Merchant, Neeti Mohan 4:18
3. "Radha"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Shreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani 5:41
4. "Ratta Maar"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Vishal Dadlani, Shefali Alvares 3:30
5. "Kukkad"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Shahid Mallya, Nisha Mascarenhas 4:22
6. "Vele"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani 3:50
7. "Mashup of the Year"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Various artists, DJ Kiran Kamath 3:02
Total length:
30:24

Critical reception of soundrack[edit]

The music album of Student of the Year received positive critical response. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the album 4/5 stars, saying that "Student of the Year is a winner all the way with Vishal Shekhar (yet again) justifying their stance of doing a few films but lending quality sound to it. They create the kind of score which totally compliments the mood of the campus setting without straying even once."[56] IANS of CNN-IBN gave the album 4/5 stars, concluding that "The soundtrack of Student of the Year is a good mix with very minor flaws that can surely be ignored to enjoy the music that perfectly describes the mood of the movie."[57] Satyajit of Yahoo! gave the album 3.5/5 stars, stating that "Student of the Year is complete youthful musical entertainment, an album that brings all the positive elements of a typical Karan Johar entertainer. Vishal Shekhar delivers a potential winner this time."[58]

The romantic track "Ishq Wala Love" became the biggest hit of the album concluded by "Radha" and "Disco Song".[59] On 26 September 2012, The Times of India reported that the soundtrack was "appealing to people of all tastes and there's something for everyone in it".[60]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Student of the Year won several awards for the direction, performances, music and popularity.

List of awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Result
8th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award[61] President's Honour Karan Johar Won
Best Actor in a Comic Role Rishi Kapoor Nominated
Best Female Debut Alia Bhatt Nominated
Best Male Debut Sidharth Malhotra Nominated
Best Male Debut Varun Dhawan Nominated
Best Choreographer Farah Khan (for the song "Radha") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Neeti Mohan (for the song "Ishq Wala Love") Nominated
Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Movie Awards[62] Best Debutant – Female Alia Bhatt Runner-up
Best Debutant – Male Sidharth Malhotra Nominated
Best Debutant – Male Varun Dhawan Nominated
58th Filmfare Awards[63][64] Best Music Director Vishal-Shekhar Nominated
Best Debutant – Male Sidharth Malhotra Nominated
Best Debutant – Male Varun Dhawan Nominated
Best Debutant – Female Alia Bhatt Nominated
RD Burman Award Neeti Mohan (for the song "Ishq Wala Love") Won
Lions Gold Awards[65] Favourite Debut-Male Varun Dhawan Won
Favourite Debut-Female Alia Bhatt Won
Mirchi Music Awards[66][67] Album of the Year Student of the Year Nominated
Listener's Choice Album of the Year Student of the Year Won
Listener's choice Song of the Year Radha Won
Stardust Awards[68][69] Dream Director Karan Johar Won
Film of The Year Student of the Year Nominated
Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Alia Bhatt Nominated
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Sidharth Malhotra Nominated
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Varun Dhawan Nominated
Best Male Debut Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan Won
New Musical Sensation Singer – Female Neeti Mohan (for the song "Ishq Wala Love") Nominated
Times of India Film Awards[70][71][72] Best Debut Female Alia Bhatt Nominated
Best Debut Male Sidharth Malhotra Nominated
Best Debut Male Varun Dhawan Nominated
Best Music Director Vishal-Shekhar Nominated
Koimoi Annual Polls 2012[73] Most Promising Newcomer Alia Bhatt Nominated
Most Promising Newcomer Sidharth Malhotra Ranked #2
Most Promising Newcomer Varun Dhawan Ranked #3
Best Music Student of the Year Nominated
Best Fashion Diva 2012 Alia Bhatt Ranked #3
Best Marketing Poster 2012 Student of the Year Nominated
Best Dance Number 2012 The Disco Song Nominated
South Africa India Film And Television Awards[74] Most Promising Newcomer- Female Alia Bhatt Nominated
Most Promising Newcomer- Male Sidharth Malhotra Won
Most Promising Newcomer- Male Varun Dhawan Nominated
Film of the Year Student of the Year Nominated
Most Popular Song Radha Nominated
Supporting Actor of the Year Rishi Kapoor Nominated
The Times of India Hotlist 2012[75] Most Promising Newcomer- Female Alia Bhatt Ranked #1
Most Promising Newcomer- Male Sidharth Malhotra Ranked #3
Most Promising Newcomer- Male Varun Dhawan Ranked #1
Best Romantic Song Ishq Wala Love Ranked #4
Youth Film of the Year Student of the Year Ranked #1
Best Actor in a Comic Role Rishi Kapoor Results Awaited
Funniest Scene Rishi Kapoor with Students Results Awaited
Best Kiss Sidharth- Alia Results Awaited
Supernova 50- 2012 Karan Johar Results Awaited

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