Student of the Year
Student of the Year is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama film directed by Karan Johar, based on a script by Rensil D'Silva and Niranjan Iyengar. It was produced by Yash Johar and Gauri Khan under the banners of Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment. The film stars debutantes Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, and Rishi Kapoor, Sana Saeed, Ronit Roy, Sahil Anand, Ram Kapoor and Farida Jalal in supporting roles.
|Student of the Year|
|Directed by||Karan Johar|
|Written by||Rensil D'Silva|
|Story by||Karan Johar|
|Produced by||Hiroo Yash Johar|
|Narrated by||Sahil Anand|
|Edited by||Deepa Bhatia|
|Budget||₹59 crore[better source needed] Note: Figure contains print and advertising costs|
|Box office||₹109.10 crore|
Student of the Year released on 19 October 2012 across India, and was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2012. It received mixed reviews, with praise directed at the performances of its three leads and the film's music.
A standalone sequel, Student of the Year 2, directed by Punit Malhotra, was released on 10 May 2019, starring Tiger Shroff alongside debutantes Tara Sutaria and Ananya Pandey. Bhatt made a special appearance in one of its music videos.
Terminally ill, former Dean of St. Teresa's High School, Yogendra "Yogi" Vashisht, requests to see the students from his last batch. Some of them arrive to meet him and hold themselves responsible for the lively Dean having fallen ill. The film then goes into a flashback set ten years back.
Rohan "Ro" Nanda is a popular guy in the school and the son of its trustee, tycoon Ashok Nanda. He wants Ro to be a businessman and dislikes his passion for music. Shanaya Singhania, a highly popular girl, is his girlfriend. She feels dissatisfied due to his constant flirting with Tanya Israni, another student and her arch-nemesis. Abhimanyu "Abhi" Singh, a new student soon becomes the school's heart-throb. He and Ro initially don't get along but soon become best friends. Ro introduces him to Shanaya, reminding him to not get involved with her.
At Ro's brother's wedding, Shanaya sees him flirting with Tanya and feels betrayed. In return, she openly flirts with Abhi to make Ro jealous. Over time, Abhi realizes that, he, too loves Shanaya. Meanwhile, back at the school, the "Student of the Year" competition commences. After the death of Abhi's grandmother, Shanaya helps him cope and feels attracted to him and they kiss. Ro witnesses this, resulting in a fight between him and Abhi.
The last round of the competition is a triathlon. Abhi, winning, slows down and lets Ro win. Ro however declines to accept the award citing personal reasons. Yogi is abused by a drunken friend of theirs, Kaizad "Sudo" Sodabottleopenerwala, due to which he eventually retires. The students soon graduate and get disconnected from each other.
Back in present, Ro and Abhi run into each other when they come to visit Yogi. Abhi reveals that he married Shanaya; they end up fighting while talking about their past and happen to release the anger they were holding back for the last ten years. Abhi also reveals the truth about the triathlon – he saw that Ashok was happy to see Ro losing and so he intentionally allowed Ro to win and that it was his way of surpassing Ashok in stature. Both of them realize how important friendship is, and reconcile. The film ends with both having a friendly running race.
- Varun Dhawan as Rohan "Ro" Nanda, Shanaya's ex-boyfriend
- Sidharth Malhotra as Abhimanyu "Abhi" Singh: Shanaya's husband
- Alia Bhatt as Shanaya Abhimanyu Singh [nee Singhania], Abhi's wife and Rohan's ex-girlfriend
- Rishi Kapoor as Dean Yogendra "Yogi" Vashishth
- Sana Saeed as Tanya Israni
- Sahil Anand as Jeet Khurana, Rohan's former friend.
- Manasi Rachh as Shruti Pathak, Shanaya's former friend
- Kayoze Irani as Kaizad "Sudo" Sodabottleopenerwala, Rohan's friend
- Manjot Singh as Dimpy
- Ronit Roy as coach Jignesh Shah
- Ram Kapoor as Ashok Nanda, Rohan's father
- Gautami Kapoor as Gayatri Nanda, Rohan's mother
- Farida Jalal as Shrikanti Singh, Abhi's grandmother
- Akshay Anand as Priykesh Singh, Abhi's uncle
- Manini Mishra as Geeta Priykesh Singh, Abhi's aunt
- Prachi Shah as Suneeti Karan Shah
On 5 January 2011, both Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan uploaded the first poster on Twitter. The film marks the debuts of Alia Bhatt, daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, son of director David Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Kayoze Irani, son of Boman Irani, and Sana Saeed, who rose to fame as a child actor in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998.
The first official trailer was released on 2 August 2012. Karan Johar later tweeted that the film will be released on 19 October 2012.
On 16 August 2011, Mumbai socialite Parmeshwar Godrej rolled the cameras for the first shoot. Most parts of the film were shot in Kashmir and Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The external view of the school is that of the Kasiga School, Dehradun. The hospital scenes were filmed outside the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Shimla. Parts of the film were also shot in Thailand. Rob Miller, who had previously worked with Shah Rukh Khan on Chak De! India, was hired to direct the sports sequences.
Marketing and releaseEdit
The film targeted viewers with contest-based marketing.
Tata Motors, the on-ground promotion partner for the film, launched the 'Nano Student of the Year' contest judging students on academics, culture, sports, and social life. The top 8 finalists competed for the 'Nano Student of the Year' title.
The makers 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.
The satellite rights were sold with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani for ₹50 crore (US$7.0 million) to Sony Entertainment Television. The music rights were sold to Sony Music for a sum of ₹7 crore (US$980,000).
A 2-disc DVD set was released on 24 December 2012 which contains the making of the film, song, and deleted scenes.
Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 4/5 stars, saying, "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." He added, "This is an escapist cinema at its best! [...] This one's entertainment, entertainment, and entertainment at its best." Komal Nahta also gave it 4/5 calling it a "supremely-entertaining" film. 
Raita Tandon of Filmfare gave it 4/5 stars stating that the "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." Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN 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."
Giving the film 3/5 stars, Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times wrote, "He [Karan Johar] 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. 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."
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 pulled off a tough task of playing praiseworthy roles in a film which suffers from the lack-of-a-story syndrome."
Critics were skeptical over the success of the much-hyped film. Additionally, it starred debutantes in the lead roles, and had a high budget. However, the film became the biggest opener, not starring mainstream actors, in Bollywood, and surpassed trade expectations to profit both makers and distributors in the first week itself.
Student of the Year had a good opening collecting ₹7.48 crore (US$1.0 million) on its opening day. It showed growth on its second day and collected ₹8.50 crore (US$1.2 million). It had collected ₹43.1 crore (US$6.0 million) by the end of its first week. It had a drop in its second and third week where it had collected ₹14 crore (US$2.0 million) and ₹3.25 crore (US$460,000) respectively to make a total of ₹63.3 crore (US$8.9 million) in three weeks.
Student of the Year collected about US$1.25 million, which Box Office India considered was a poor showing for a release on 300 screens.The film fell in the second week in most markets and closed at around $3 million from overseas markets.
|Student of the Year|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||31 August 2012|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music India|
The soundtrack was composed by Vishal-Shekhar with the lyrics penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan. "The Disco Song" is a revamped cover version of "Disco Deewane" (1981) by Nazia Hassan, incorporating her vocals along with those of Sunidhi Chauhan and Benny Dayal.
|1.||"The Disco Song"||Benny Dayal, Nazia Hassan, Sunidhi Chauhan||5:42|
|2.||"Ishq Wala Love"||Shekhar Ravjiani, Salim Merchant, Neeti Mohan||4:18|
|3.||"Radha"||Shreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani||5:41|
|4.||"Ratta Maar"||Vishal Dadlani, Shefali Alvares||3:30|
|5.||"Kukkad"||Shahid Mallya, Nisha Mascarenhas||4:22|
|6.||"Vele"||Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani||3:50|
The soundtrack received positive reviews from music critics. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the album 4/5 stars, saying that "Student of the Year is a winner with Vishal Shekhar (yet again!) justifying their stance of doing a few films but lending quality sound to it." 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."
Awards and nominationsEdit
|8th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award||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|
|58th Filmfare Awards||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|
|5th Mirchi Music Awards||Song of The Year||"Radha"||Nominated|
|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||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||Best Debut Female||Alia Bhatt||Nominated|
|Best Debut Male||Sidharth Malhotra||Nominated|
|Best Debut Male||Varun Dhawan||Nominated|
|Best Music Director||Vishal-Shekhar||Nominated|
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