Review : Student Of The Year

SOTY:Karan Johar‘s larger than life Bollywood movie

Welcome to the world of KJo, actors in perfect designer clothes, best of cars, candy floss romance, good looking actors, picture perfect sets & settings well color co-ordinated,  in short a larger than life Bollywood movie fare.

Let us accept it that KJo has created his own brand of cinema, which you can love or hate but definitely cannot ignore it & SOTY is exactly the same Student Of The YearKJo brand of movie.

SOTY  is a story of two friends Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) & Abhimanyu Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) who meet in St Teresa who initially hate each other but eventually become friends until the “Student of the Year” challenge is declared by the dean Yogendra  Vashisht (Rishi Kapoor). The challenge turns the friends into competitors, how it plays havoc in their lives forms the basis of the story…

Though the story is predictable but the screenplay by Rensil Dsilva creates the impact, some sequences are very well written and some look a bit amateurish, like the main challenge to win “Student of the Year” looks weak. The pace is slow at times. The dialogues of Niranjan Iyengar makes up for the loose screenplay, it is spunky and the lingo is contemporary adding to the zing.

The debutants especially Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra are impressive, they grow as the movie progresses. Varun in particular excels both in acting as well as dancing, a lad to watch out for. Sidharth does justice to whatever given. Alia Bhatt has little to do, her character reminds you of Poo in K3G but without the spunk, but overall she is decent. The main highlight is the support cast especially Rishi Kapoor who plays the gay dean with panache; his portrayal is both funny and moving. Other cast like Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Kayoze Irani, Sana Saeed, Mansi Rach, Sahil Anand & Gautami Kapoor are impressive.

The music by Vishal Shekhar is good and so is the picturization by Farah Khan, Vaibhavi Merchant, Bosco-Ceaser & Remo. All the songs are lavishly shot and the look is rich, but the Disco Song by Remo & Radha song by Farah Khan stands out.

The camera work by Ananyanka Bose is good. How can you miss the costume designer in a Karan Johar movie both Manish Malhotra & Shiraj Siddique do a splendid job which gives the movie the zing.

In a nutshell SOTY is lavishly mounted candy floss over the top KJo –ish type of Bollywood cinema which is aptly shouldered by Varun Dhawan & Sidharth Malhotra. 3 stars from me, one extra for the debutants.

Review : English Vinglish

Good Movie Shuvie, GR8 Performance Sherformance

“English Vinglish” Sridevi’s most awaited come back film wherein she again proves why English Vinglishshe is thenumero Uno of Bollywood. She creates an impact & how.

“English Vinglish” is a story of a simple house wife Shashi Godbole (Sridevi) whose life surrounds aroundher husband Satish (Adil Hussain) and kids (Navita Kotia & Shivansh Kotia). She runs a small business ofmaking Ladoo’s, but her not knowing English creates a gap between her husband and kids. Her daughteris embarrassed to take her to her school’s Parent Teacher meeting, her husband keeps on making fun ofher that she was born to make ladoos. This makes Shashi go into her shell, she comes to her own onlywhen she is interacting with her son Sagar. Everything changes for her when she goes to New York toattend her niece’s wedding and enrolls herself in a 4 week English Learning Course. How Shashi re-gainsher confidence and comes to her own, forms the rest of the story.

The Story by Gaurie Shinde is simple but the screenplay is mind blowing, there are small moments in themovie which takes the movie to the next level like when Shashi goes to her daughter’s Parent TeacherMeeting, her interview at the Visa Office, when Shashi goes to a coffee shop in New York, when she callsher husband from New York to tell that she is an Entrepreneur, Shashi’s interaction with her classmateLaurent, the climax speech and many more brilliantly written moments which builds Shashi’s characterfrom a not so confident house wife to a confident entrepreneur. Gaurie has done a splendid job. All thecharacters are so real that it connects, like Shashi’s character can be any Indian housewife who is takenfor granted. The dialogues add the zing to the scenes. The only flaw is that the pace slows down in thesecond half, but does it affect the overall impact….

No, absolutely not, please applaud Sridevi for her impeccable performance which binds the screenplayall throughout. She is brilliant and the impact that she makes proves that she was aptly called the ladyBachchan. Rest of the cast Adil Hussain as Shashi’s husband, Navita Kotia & Shivansh Kotia as Shashi’skids, Priya Anand as Shashi’s niece, Sujata Kumar as Shashi’s sister, Cory Hibbs as her teacher and herclassmates are brilliant, especially Mehdi Naebbou as Laurent is stands apart with his sensitive portrayal.Surprise Amitabh Bachchan cameo is watch out for…

Music by Amit Trivedi compliments the movie, Editing by Hemanti Sarkar is crisp though it could havebeen a bit tighter, Cinematography by Laxman Utekar captures the mood of the movie well.

In a nutshell “English Vinglish” is a Sridevi movie but kudos Gaurie for making a movie on a simple housewife….I give 4 stars….