Karan Johar talks Student of the Year

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If you have seen the trailer for Karan Johar’s Student of the Year, then you can see the director is going back to the song and dance and romance of Bollywood. In fact, in case you missed it or just want to see it again check it out!


As you can see for Student of the Year, KJo is introducing not one but three newcomers to the Bollywood family with the debuts of Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The film celebrates the colorful coming of age from youth to adulthood. It is the story of Abhimanyu Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) and Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) who traverse the path of competition, envy, triumph, failure, manipulation and heartbreak in their mini-universe of St. Teresa’s High School, Dehradun. When Abhi and Rohan’s rivalry takes an unexpected turn to friendship, neither pre-empts the complications that would brew. Things are further knotted up when Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt), the most popular girl on the campus enters the equation. Looming large over the various friendships in the campus is the Student Of The year trophy and Dean Yogendra Vasisht’s (Rishi Kapoor) emphasis on success and victory. What will Abhimanyu choose? Victory or Friendship? What will Rohan choose? Victory or Dreams? What will Shanaya choose? Victory or Emotions? We will find out when Student of the Year hits theaters on October 19th.

Karan Johar recently talked about the film and here are some highlights from the interview with IBNS.

He says that Student of the Year is his return to a film that has all that he loves about Bollywood films. “I felt this was my holiday film. I really felt the need to do something where I personally would have fun. I wanted to visit lip-sync songs, dance, youth, glamour and of course, keep the emotion intact.”

Of course SOTY is set at a college but you probably have not run across a school this glamorous anywhere but a Karan Johar film. “This is a school in my head. But there is a root about it. The characters are identifiable and extremely connective. The school is like any school, but the world of glamour within it is something that is me and I am never going to run away from something that is my core. I can’t be dishonest and pretentious and say there is a school in this country like this. This is an aspirational school.”

The inspiration for the school was not only a creation but also about escapism Johar says philosophically, “Cinema is all about creation and the result of your own kind of aspiration as a human being. If you are not good-looking, you want to show good-looking people in your films. If you are not thin, you want to show them walk on the beach looking hot and sexy. So if you hadn’t a glamorous school or college, you just want to show that. Escapism has everything to do with cinema and I am an escapist in nature and therefore it presents itself on celluloid as well.”

As we said this debut film for three actors, Karan said, “The film is a big responsibility for Dharma productions. We are launching the career of three youngsters – Aliya, Varun, Sidharth. All of them are very promising and talented. So, we as a production house have to make sure that everything goes well.”

So how was it to direct them instead of someone like SRK. “This film feels very different from the films I have directed so far. I was more like a nervous parent to all three of them, nurturing them. So there was always a kind of inner stress. Making a film of that (huge) scale with these talents was something that I felt I needed to do and I am very satisfied.”

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