Movie Review: STUDENT OF THE YEAR (2012)

Shah Shahid

Cinephile. Bollywood Connoisseur. Attempted Writer & Editor at http://blankpagebeatdown.com. Host of Split Screen Podcast (@splitscreen_pod). Member of the Twitterati @theshahshahid. Diagnosed w ADH-- look a dust bunny!

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  1. meeradarjiyr1 says:

    Great review and nice points considered! I thought similarly, but I did think that it followed stereotypical characters, i.e the blonde one, the tomboy, the geek etc. Though, it was a engaging plot. The friendship between both Rohan and Abhi was great! The bromance in Bollywood is also evident in Dostana!

    • Oh it was completely stereotypical. At the same time though, it did break a lot of those stereotypes. The Rohan’s sidekick all of a sudden becoming self aware. Shanaya’s average best friend started plotting against her. The fat comic relief guy got drunk and made a scene.

      I don’t think you can have a School setting movie without these, but Johar did get them out of their comfort zones. I think.

      DOSTANA had two guy friends, but the plot revolved around them trying to get with the same girl. The conflict worked around that. Whereas SOTY was more about the two males, their characterizations, internal issues and how it affected their friendship. The girl angle was irrelevant.

    • To add to that:
      SHOLAY can be called a bromance too. But the story was about things that happened to two best friends.

      Their friendship wasn’t the story itself.

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