More Like Stu-Dent Of The Year!
Cast– Tiger Shroff, Ananya Pandey, Tara Sutaria, Aditya Seal, Sameer Soni, Gul Panag, Will Smith
Director– Puneet Malhotra
Student Of The Year 2: Welcome to Karan Johar’s world. A world where students study less and party more. Karan Johar reintroduces us to the kitschy set up in Dehradun which doubles up as St.Teresa College. The first Student of The Year introduced \Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra. The second reverses the formula to the one hero-two heroine love triangle, with Tiger Shroff & Ananya Pandey and Tara Sutaria.
The story begins with Rohan (Tiger) leaving his own college and getting admission on scholarship in his lady love Mia’s (Tara) college, St.Teresa. However, things are not as rosy as he thought. He gets a rude awakening in his pursuit of glory. Manav Mehra (Aditya Seal) offers a stiff challenge to Rohan, when it comes to winning the Student Of The Year trophy, as well as in winning his lady love.
Manav’s sister, the haughty and hottie, Shreya (Ananya) starts off on the wrong footing with Tiger but her character arch grows gradually and helps the audience to warm up to her.
Tiger Shroff leaves his action hero avatar for this college caper and tries his best to infuse as much energy in his character. Some of his dialogues and one-liners do get their whistles and applause.
Tara Sutaria looks good but is unfortunately saddled with a badly etched character while Ananya’s role is a stereotypical hot spoilt brat with a sobby backstory.
The anti hero, Seal, however, is the one who packs a punch and is an actor to lookout for. The supporting cast – Samir Soni, Gul Panag and YouTuber Harsh Beniwal are also decent in their respective roles. One of the highlights of the movie are the special appearances that range from Bollywood to even Hollywood actors.
Director Punit Malhotra, back after his last dud, Gori Tere Pyaar Main, takes heavy inspiration from the cult classic Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander but cannot match up to its brilliance. Music by Vishal-Shekhar, while peppy and nice, is hampered by the absence of the Mumbai Dilli Di Kudiya track.
The first half of the film is slow and listless while the second half tries to salvage itself by a host of sporting competitions. The sets used in the movie are quirky and worth a mention!
In the end, this Student can only be given passing marks!