A needless and lazy sequel
I really wish I could rewind my life back by a few years only to settle for growing up in the Karan Johar universe. Because, in all honesty, my academic credentials won’t serve any purpose and I’m a fairly decent dancer and athlete to qualify. But wait, I might need a famous surname to even obtain that privilege.
That privilege has been misused to the maximum extent is clearly reflective in ‘Student of the Year 2’. A film that boasts of star-kids, directed by a star nephew. Go Google about ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ and ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ director Punit Malhotra, if you care. Not that ‘Student of the Year’ which starred Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra really required a sequel in the first place, but how does one bankroll and execute such a lazy effort in storytelling?
Rohan (Tiger Shroff), a simpleton from Pishorilal Chamandas College, Mussoorie, lands up in St. Teresa, Dehradun, through a sports scholarship, in order to be close to his childhood sweetheart, Mridula (Tara Sutaria). At ST. T’s, he runs into spoilt brat Shreya (Ananya Pandey) and locks horns with popular student, Manav (Aditya Seal). Once he roughens up the school trustee’s son, Rohan is expelled from the school.
Written by Arshad Syed, originality is far from expected, except for the one fleeting self-referential joke, where Rohan decides to dress up as The Flying Jatt, when invited to a Superhero-themed party. Even Shreya gets a few smart lines in the second half, but the damage is done. Oh, how much did I miss Niranjan Iyengar here! The pace of the film is steady but a few long and unnecessary scenes revolving around a possible love-triangle between the three leads, could have been omitted by editor Ritesh Soni. But I thank him for excluding ‘Mumbai Dilli Di Kudiyaan’. Except for ‘Fakira’, the soundtrack by Vishal-Shekhar, to me is the biggest let-down considering how some of their songs from the previous film are still chart-busters, even today. The piece de resistance are the beautiful frames by Ravi K Chandran.
As is the case with all Tiger Shroff films, one can expect the actors to flex every other muscle except for the ones on their faces. Although, Ananya makes an earnest attempt. Actually, her back-story involving lack of parental approval and affection was beginning to interest me, but the makers clearly fancied Tiger’s abs. Watching Tiger act felt like revisiting Hrithik Roshan from ‘Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon’. The most ornamental of the three though, is Tara. She is shown to dream about becoming the best dancer ever, but her story is cut short unceremoniously. Youtube sensation Harsh Beniwal, and actors Sameer Soni and Gul Panag are completely wasted.
If five seconds of Will Smith in the film is what draws you to your nearest movie theatre, I suggest you binge-watch his worst films instead.
Oh, lastly, a dialogue of the film as part of a life lesson goes, ‘Talent ko ANGREZI mein kya kehte hain?’ I kid you not.