It's raining (read "reigning") star-kids season! When it comes to grandiloquent star-launch, the names of hi-profile star-kids are expected to be heard, and so they make great noise in this year's most lavishly packed teen-flick titled STUDENT OF THE YEAR (SOTY).
After the outstanding commercial success of B-town's most received youth flick, KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, this Karan Johar directed flick holds great expectations on all fronts, as it is touted to be amongst this year's most awaited films. In the musical department, Karan Johar changes his loyalty from triumphant trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (S-E-L) to the reliable composer-duo, Vishal-Shekhar, with Anvita Dutt Guptan's cherubically youthful lyrical moves making maximum blast in the credits. Will they together click as the next best winning team? Let's check out...
Hip-hop meets 'Disco-Deewane'
! In the 80's, actor-director Feroze Khan took an audacious musical move by launching out first Pakistani pop diva Nazia Hassan into Hindi filmdom, who later became a worldwide sensation through her bestselling track "Disco Deewane"
(Album-Disco Deewane, Music-Biddu, Lyrics- Anwar Khalid). It also generated colossal turbulence in the Bollywood musical fraternity and created a rage for "Disco-fever"
nationwide. In the opening track, "The Disco Song"
, Vishal-Shekhar revitalizes this hysterical wave by incorporating strong elements of "Disco Deewane"
with trendy Afro-American Hip-Hop buzz. It starts off belligerently with frenzied hip-hop emceeing, followed by thriving Benny Dayal and Sunidhi Chauhan's racy vocals setting floors on fire. Even after decades, the svelte tones of late Nazia Hassan at intermittent places sounds sweet and refreshing, and forms a formidable back-bone for this lively dancing track. It's like present-meeting-past with techno-improvisation as two diverse genres (Hip-Hop and Disco) collides optimally and generates a magic; overall a great innovation that should be trendsetting for others to follow. Ostentatiously loud production values and slick chorographical skills (Remo D' Souza) in the promos have already created a strong buzz among teenyboppers. It will be really interesting to see this number getting energized pompously on big screen. A sure-shot chartbuster in the days to come. Smash Hit!!! CHECK OUT: Varun or Siddarth - Which 'Student' of Karan Johar will bag YRF film?
"Kuch to Hua Hai" (KAL HO NA HO), "Suraj Hua Maddham"
(K3G), "Tum Hi Dekho Na"
(KANK) and now "Ishq Wala Love"
! Dreamy romantic quotient has always been mercurially high in almost every Karan Johar directed flick, and this factor domineers again with same fragility of tender expressions in the smoothly crooned "Ishq Wala Love"
. The soundtrack comes with a semi-classic binge (table and sitar loops) with a relaxed "lounge" musical decorum in arrangements emitting out a set of intrinsically soft innocent romantic expressions. Salim Merchant's smoothly charmed vocals initiates the proceedings with able support of Shekhar Ravjiani's gentle rendition. Newbie Neeti Mohan's immensely silken vocals are the biggest surprise and highlight that enamors as it pulverizes the desired supple femininity into the track; a talent that deserves to be heard again and again. Anvita Dutt Guptan's dreamy poetic expressions ( "Meri neend jaise pehli baar tooti hai, Aankhein band kar ke dekhi hai maine subah, Hui dhoop zyada leke teri roshni din chadha...Ishq wala love
) are like "cool" verbatim that works and is the finest of the album. Vishal-Shekhar sets a perfect "sur"
again for the desired romantic situation; all it requires is a mushy visual spectacle that delivers a spectrum of romanticism on silver screen. Cool!!!
The interest now moves on to the three debutants. All three give a confident performance, including Kayoze Irani (Boman Irani's son), who too is making his debut. His role, however, is badly structured and within the limitations, he does well.
Alia Bhatt has that 'X' factor which will take her places. There's not much of a scope performance wise, but given the scenes, she looks glamorous when she has too and also emotes reasonably well.
Siddharth Malhotra as the underdog, the new lad who joins school, too pitches in with a decent performance. Varun Dhawan's performance improves with every scene and by the end, he stands out. All these three grow on you as the film progresses and by the time the film ends, you cannot but fall in love with them.
The music is peppered with hits from the past, cleverly remixed. So you can't go wrong there. But there was a lot this film could offer the younger audience whch Karan Johar is targeting. CHECK OUT: 'Student' Alia Bhatt not worried about SOTY result
I don't know why, but I get this strange feeling that the director was not fully involved or attached to SOTY. The mark of intensity that one has seen in his past films is missing. It's like a grand wedding reception with a poor food spread.
Nevertheless, it will go well with the younger audience who he has catered to.
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Siddarth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Rishi Kapoor
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan
Director: Karan Johar
Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar