STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2
Director: Punit Malhotra
Starring: Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Panday, Aditya Seal and Samir Soni
Written by: Arshad Syed
STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2 welcomes us to the class of 2019 at Dehradun’s most upscale college Saint Teresa. It’s a place where all things are pretty and glossed over. Film’s leading man Rohan Sehgal (Tiger Shroff), a small town boy is madly in love with his childhood sweetheart Mridula (Tara Sutaria) and fits right into the scheme of things when he secures an admission with a sports quota. He comes from a lesser privileged college, where students don’t have the luxury of fancy cars and fashionable clothes. But his many talents start becoming a cause of concern for the current poster boy of Saint Teresa, Manav Mehra (Aditya Seal). Add to that, Manav’s sister Shreya (Ananya), the college brat, who thinks of herself as no less than a princess, is all set to take on Rohan and embarrass him at every given opportunity. This sets the stage for a testosterone led confrontation of one-upmanship that involves love, ladies and competitiveness.
Much of the story revolves around the four main characters that fall in and out of love without much ado. There’s no heartbreak too deep that can shatter them, or a punch so strong that it can break them. The narrative stays sweet, simple and along predictable lines. The biggest issue with the film is it strives to be an underdog story but Tiger Shroff doesn’t look like one. He always seems to be in control of everything in and around him in the movie. The story also borrows heavily from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) which was an underdog story as well but Aamir Khan’s character’s plight throughout the movie was justified brilliantly in that one and that’s something majorly missing in this one.
Technically the film is good. Cinematography by Ravi K. Chandran is brilliant. He captures the sports scenes very well. Editing by Ritesh Soni is good; Production design by Sumayya Shaikh is excellent. Music by Vishal – Shekhar is okay, only the Ye Jawaani track and to a certain Fakira are easily the pick of the lot.
Performances wise Tiger Shroff pretty much carries the film on his well-toned shoulders, and his sweet boy charm works for the part. His strengths are showcased with skill and attention. Debutant Ananya Pandey makes a great foray into the movies. She got the best lines and also the most completed role in the movie and the young girl does great justice to the same. Another debutant Tara Sutaria does well. Her character is flawed in its writing but she is still able to leave a good impact in it. Aditya Seal is impressive and marks his presence. Harsh Beniwal also leaves a strong impact his comic timing is spot on. While the rest others provide able support.
Director Punit Malhotra makes a flossy, bubblegum college romance story. But he is let down by the writing. However he is able to get some good performances out of the cast.
At the box-office
The film has taken a good start and given its moderate cost should keep its investors more than happy.