On the back of Bollywood’s best film of the year yet, (ahem… Barfi!), we deliver a review on what we believe is easily one of the worst Bollywood trailers to come out in the recent past- Student of the Year.
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If Shah Rukh Khan & Karan Johar planned to launch B Town’s Gen Next with a bang, then they really should have re-thought their strategy. The first look for SOTY was ordinary to say the least. But a trailer that goes on for longer than 4 minutes has left us all wondering, what the duo was thinking when they decided to invest in this one.
The lead roles in this one are all played by debutants with Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan & Alia Bhatt all hoping that this movie turns out be their big break. For their sakes, let’s hope they have a plan B. Because plan A doesn’t look like it’s setting anyone’s world on fire!
Alia Bhatt has a cute face but from what we’ve seen so far, she isn’t going to be Bollywood’s answer to Meryl Streep! If Mahesh Bhatt wasn’t her father, we doubt she’d be in Bollywood at all! Both the boys sport the customary 6-pack abs and undoubtedly have the looks to get the females going gaga. But in a land where in even 40+ men look fitter than they did at 20-something, 6 packs & decent looks aren’t going to be the difference maker!
KJO is great with dramatic love stories and this one looks set to be another typical romcom. Unlike most trailers, this one seemed to concentrate more on dance shots than dialogues. When the blokes actually spoke something, you liked them better when they were dancing. Did we mention that the setting looks absolutely unrealistic? If we didn’t, the setting is absolutely unrealistic. Anyone who’s studied in India would term such a university non-existent. But it is the movies, so we’ll cut them some slack.
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Barfi set alight Bollywood and was marked down as the evolution of Indian cinema. This one sets us back a few steps. We rather hope there is more to this film than the trailer revealed. The music is very KJO, so we won’t slander that for the time being. This one hits theatres next month and unless KJO showed us the wrong trailer, this one doesn’t look like it’ll whet anyone’s appetite. Unless you live & breathe Bollywood, you can afford to miss this one!
Karan Johar is one of the few filmmakers who publicly appreciates the films made by his contemporaries. He doesn’t stop at just praising others, but has on occasion also stated that he couldn’t make films like Rajkumar Hirani, Imtiaz Ali et al. The latest filmmaker Karan aspires to be like is Anurag Basu. Apparently KJo watched the Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra-Ileana D’Cruz starrer Barfi! and came out gobsmacked. And he took to Twitter to post his plaudits.
He said, “I just saw #barfi…i have never felt more limited,inferior and talentless…anurag basu is the god of all filmakers…his genius is barfi!!” About the acting he tweeted, “#barfi….Ranbir Kapoor has given the most outstanding performance….he deserves a running ovation! it will be an honour to work with him..” Showering praises on the leading lady, he said, “#barfi…@priyankachopra is just brilliant as jhilmil….superbly nuanced and pitch perfect….her portrayal lingers long after the film…”
We went awwww at KJo’s humility and think it would be great if he directed a film with RK Jr and Piggy Chops, now that he knows that they can deliver stellar performances when given meaty roles.
It's surreal when you are an overnight sensation and thousands of female fans are ready to give up their education only to be with you. The 6 feet something muscular debutant in denims and a grey 'V' neck is sitting in the tranquil mode. It must be terrifying to know that fame, like a giant, all-consuming tidal wave, is about to break over you at any moment, but Sidharth isn't showing any signs of it. Maybe that sense of calm is because the frenzy around Malhotra's rising star has only just begun. He has dreamy eyes and a husky voice... The actor diligently asks me, "Will you have coffee or tea?" I was quick to order my favorite from Costa. With his signature style, he sits back on his chair and with ease delivers, "I am quite nervous". Wow! I'm impressed! With Student Of The Year, changes are coming this season and I'm sure the ranking updates would currently be on hold because all we are waiting for is the unleash of this towering student on the big screen come October 19. And don't be surprised if his brooding portrayal in SOTY will be hailed as the new James Dean of Bollywood, a risky mantle for any young male actor to inherit. He's sexy and he's hot. Presenting you, Part 1 special on the unadulterated brilliance of the alpha male called Sidharth Malhotra.
Not at all! I am very happy with my parents and because of them I am where I am. My mother is a very big Yash Chopra fan. She kept on watching Silsila, Lamhe, Kabhie Kabhie, etc. She used to watch these films on the VHS tapes. Her impression is my impression of my childhood films. I was born on YRF films (laughs). She also used to watch a lot of Pakistani plays like 'Bakra Qisto Pe', etc. But I wasn't ragged by Varun nor Alia and nor Karan. They were too professional (laughs).
So how did your journey from the bathroom mirror to the sets in Mumbai start?
I came to Mumbai to be an actor. I was modelling in Delhi with my agency and then came to Mumbai for a film to be directed by Anubhav Sinha after Cash. It was being produced by Adlabs. My parents were surprised and I had to show them my contract but luckily that film never took off. Then Anubhav started Ra.One. That's when I thought to stay back and try a bit out in the B-town. If it wasn't for the money I earned from my first producers for the film that didn't take off, I wouldn't have been here in Mumbai. That had to happen for me to come here. For me to try, I had to know how the film fraternity functions. So that's where assisting came up and I got My Name Is Khan. Modelling for me was always part time but to be an actor was always at the back of my head. I now understand pre-production, post-production, shot breakdown, etc. I am now more aware of how a film is made and I knew I had to be in Mumbai for good to be in the profession that I always wanted to pursue - acting.
What's that one thing that you'll always remember that Karan Johar told you?
I was always the quiet one around on the sets and used to observe the proceedings. So one day Karan came up to me and told me what his father, Mr. Yash Johar told him once, that goes, 'If you ever have to invest in something, invest in people.' That was very interesting. I was an AD at that time. I've heard that Yashji (Johar) had so much goodwill. I understood that it's not about the money you are making or what your future holds for you. It's about working with the right people. Karan Johar does the same thing. He lives by it and so do all the directors who work for Dharma - Tarun, Punit, Shakun, etc. It's brushed on all and I hope it brushes off on me too.
You come from Delhi. But did you incorporate something that was inherently Delhi by nature for you? Some slang words, etc?
Yes! Karan did ask me if I knew any words that were widely spoken by today's youth in Delhi, barring the bad words (laughs). He made a song on the word 'Velle'. He also had some inputs from Shah Rukh Khan. He too is from Delhi and he told Karan that in the capital people hang out a lot outside the Jama Masjid. I did share my inputs with him but the film is Karan's imagination throughout. Yes, I have to say this that the college of SOTY was a lot happening than what it used to be in my Delhi college. I used to get more attention in St Teresa's from SOTY (laughs).
Marlon Brando, James Dean, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, etc., were youth icons in their own way. Have you seen their movies?
A few years ago I just saw a James Dean movie - Rebel Without A Cause and Giant. What movies! He died young doing five films but I understood what everyone was talking about - his energy, his attitude, etc. Everyone keeps telling me that I am not a rebel (laughs). But I have my own niche I believe. Good for them that they didn't have song and dance. In Bollywood we can't escape that. I had a tough time dancing. I do partying but it's more social partying. I did break a leg or two more than shaking one.
Now that you are an actor, do you still see movies as an audience?
I think I'm still an audience when I see movies and I will be when I see Student Of The Year too. I am too critical about movies. Karan tells me that I get excited but I keep saying I can do ten times better. There was a comfort zone that increased while we shot the 'Disco Song' and a few people who've worked on the song know how comfy I got doing that song. The reason was I kept on improving myself. I am not so attached right now seeing my persona onscreen and on the posters of the film. That will take a year more (laughs). Right now I am the audience.
Yes! Audience has the ultimate power, especially the youth. If you are not liked, no matter by whom you are backed by or whoever's son or daughter you are, it's game over for you. But then you either are born like Salman or Shah Rukh Khan. Having said that, these both were liked for a reason - their first or second film or their off screen persona. It's also about your sustenance off screen too. Everything written in the media should not be taken seriously. It's a mental game. You need to detach yourself from reviews, media, etc. How to survive before and after release too matters a lot. So the audience is finally the one who gives you the green signal whether you will survive in this industry or not, and nobody else. download Student Of The Year full movie
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