‘Student Of The Year 2’: The Sequel Which No One Asked For
When you’re out to watch ‘Student Of The Year 2’, you know what you’re signing up for. Harping on about the lack of a storyline would be pointless in a movie where these students are basically recreating ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ on a bigger budget. The students of Saint Theresa literally jump for the stars.
As I made my way to the office after a tiring couple of hours at the theatre, I struggled to come up with some concrete points that I’d like to highlight in this review. My mind quickly went to the beautiful MasterCard advertisement. There are things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s Dharma Productions, right?
Rohan Sehgal (Tiger Shroff) follows his childhood crush Mia (Tara Sutaria) to the city’s top college. What follows is a series of sports activities, jumping, round-house kicks, cross-fit and running. By the end of the movie, most of the subplots are abandoned and you’re left with nothing but Tiger Shroff’s chiseled abs to look at.
While discussing this review with my editor, I realised how Student of the Year 2 could be a cornerstone for discussing the mental well-being of entertainment reporters.
There should be a systematic push for an added compensation to make up for a Dharma movie.
Where is this school, you ask? Nobody knows. The movie does a fantastic job at establishing that the school is at a place with mountains, beaches and a river. This is not a movie based on factual evidence or relatability.
We’ve already conducted a special investigation into the giant leap in filmmaking which was SOTY 2’s trailer. In that investigation, we had already pointed out most of the jumping. In the movie, extended sports sequences are truncated by actual storytelling.
In the first half, Karan Johar takes it upon himself to prove that he’s woke now. There’s a scene where Ananya Panday ‘gives it back’ to Rohan. It’s one of the worst ‘oh yeah we feminist now’ sequences ever seen in cinema. It misses the point of the movement and still tries to get in on the ‘woke’ trend. Maybe try writing female characters who aren’t as unidimensional as a straight line?
Like any typical Karan Johar movie, another movie role has been handed to a star kid. Chunkey Panday’s daughter, Ananya, has been handed a big role in a mainstream movie. With all the conversation around nepotism in the Hindi film industry, this seems like a low-blow for all the actors who are struggling to make a mark in Bollywood.
When good-looking and super fit 20-somethings decide to recreate college/school life, the two and a half hours turn into one giant pile of nothing. I’d trade the two brain cells in my head for the time I lost.
The first SOTY gave Bollywood three solid stars for the future - Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, and Siddharth Malhotra. In the sequel, Tara Sutaria was the only bright spot.
The director, Punit Malhotra, had a quintessential formula which he had to follow. He ends up making a movie which is picture-perfect and glossy in its presentation, but hollow. There’s little to no acting, plot, direction or music.