"Student Of The Year 2" Review: Chooses Too Much Style Over Substance

Mohnish Singh |May 10, 2019

Time has changed, but Dharma Productions’ idea of a college-romance drama still seems to be stuck in the past. "Student of the Year 2" is the best example of that illusion: Lacks logic and intelligence.

Student of the Year (2012) is a movie which everyone knows about, even if they haven’t seen it. It launched Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, and Varun Dhawan in Bollywood and the three are today ruling the roost at the Indian box-office.
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Seven years after its release, filmmaker Puneet Malhotra has come up with its sequel, Student of the Year 2, which provides a launch-pad to gorgeous Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria, while Tiger Shroff plays the male lead. A lot of expectations are riding on the film, especially after the epic failure of Dharma Productions’ big-ticket costume drama, Kalank (2019). STARBIZ correspondent Mohnish Singh has just finished watching the teen-drama at a special media screening in Mumbai and here is what he feels about SOTY 2.

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Student Of The Year 2: What’s It All About?

Well, we sort of know what Student of the Year 2 could be all about! It’s the same old world which wowed most of us some seven years ago in Student of the Year. Only the lead faces have been replaced and more money has been pumped in it to make things look more expensive and luxurious.

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Thanks to his sports scholarship, underdog Rohan (Tiger Shroff) manages to get admission in Saint Teresa, one of the most prestigious colleges in Dehradun. Education is certainly not on his mind; he enters the college so that he could be with his girlfriend Mridula a.k.a Mia (Tara Sutaria). But Mia, who has been with Rohan since their childhood, wants to move on in life and chase her bigger dreams. She chooses Manav (Aditya Seal) over Rohan to get ahead in life. Heartbroken Rohan finds solace in Manav's sister Shreya (Ananya Panday) who hates her brother and father and wants to see her snobbish brother lose the Dignity Cup and hence, the Student of the Year trophy which he has been winning for last two years. What happens next forms the crux of the story.

Student Of The Year 2: Story & Performance Analysis

The music of the movie, scored by composer-duo Vishal-Shekhar, is catchy, but somehow it fails to be at par with the music of Student of the Year. It has nothing memorable to offer. The film has been shot brilliantly, and the credit for the same goes to cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran, who brings Saint Teresa’s and the world around it to life and how. Editing could have been crispier.

Final Verdict

Student Of The Year 2 is not for everyone. It lacks logic and intelligence. But, if spending your weekend by watching an easy-going, light-hearted movie is on your mind, then this Dharma Productions’ offering does you no harm. Having said that, the experience would have been so much better and richer if it had a much stronger storyline. I am going with 2.5 stars.

Banner: Dharma Productions, Fox Star Studios
Director: Puneet Malhotra
Starring: Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday, Tara Sutaria
Length: 146 Minutes
STARBIZ rating: 2/5

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