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Student of the Year

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Critic Rating


12 Reviews
12 Ratings
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Audience Rating

4 Reviews
5 Ratings

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The retired Dean of St. Teresa College, Yogindra Vashist (Rishi Kapoor), lies gravely ill in hospital. As some of his former students gather at his deathbed, Kaizaad "Sudo" Sodabottleopenerwala (Kayoze Irani), Tanya Israni (Sana Saeed), Jeet Khurana (Sahil Anand) and Shruti Pathak (Mansi Rachh (actress) reminisce about their student years in St. Teresa College ten years before, and the events that led up to the present day.Wikipedia

Student of the Year Reviews


Too long by about twenty minutes, the film could’ve done with some tightening – perhaps the clunky treasure hunt sequence could go? Nitpickings aside, this is a breezy, enjoyable film by a director who knows his craft.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


I have a bone to pick with Karan Johar, who invites us once again, to witness a bunch of young students do their thing.

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times


Karan Johar's forte is excess. He creates fantastical worlds brimming with beautiful people and expensive things and yet anchors them in high emotion. His films work as both designer porn and soap opera.

Often it is this hold on the viewer through constant influx of escapism and pomp with magnificently choreographed songs, razzle dazzle of colours/style/design, appropriate dosage of humour and ritzy production values that distracts one from Student of the Year's brash celebration of superficiality and obvious lack of depth.

It definitely isn’t the film of the year. But if you like your entertainment to be served up with glitzy but pulpy garnishing, pirouette your way to the nearest screen by all means. If you don’t, go for it only if your life depends on it.

Kanika Sikka
DNA India


SOTY is not something you would want to miss if the surreal setting with bubble gum romance is your calling. The performances make this film a great watch. It’s a treat for all K Jo fans and if you didn’t really enjoy Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, K3G and other such films by the director, you can easily skip this one.


Student Of The Year has some really earnest performances and entertaining comedy scenes. Other than that it’s a staple Karan Johar affair: ridiculous in parts and dramatic in others.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama


On the whole, STUDENT OF THE YEAR is amongst Karan Johar's most accomplished works. The youth brigade would love it and those who have already past that age would want to revisit those days. This one's entertainment, entertainment and entertainment at its best. Clearly, KJo has a winner on hands, yet again!


All in all, Karan’s SOTY world is surreal and spectacular yet it has moments that will bring you back to reality and warm the cockles of your heart. This is escapism at its best. Oh and girls, there’s enough brawn to keep you drooling!


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.


Student of the Year is a film which has a little bit of everything. It contains drama, comedy and of course romance. It is not a ground-breaking film but it does not leave you feeling that you have made a bad investment. If anything you are left concluding that although it is not one of the greatest films to have ever been made, it was still a film that was worth the watch!


To sum it up, watch ‘Student Of The Year’ for the debutantes. They have really pulled off a tough task of playing praiseworthy roles in a film which suffers from the lack-of-a-story syndrome.

Audience Reviews for Student of the Year

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    300 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    'SOTY' to say exactly isn't even logical, and still, it is more fun than what Karan Johar has created in this decade. It is candyfloss entertainment and fuzzy romance served candidly. And that's what makes it one of the best Hindi films of the year despite many, many contrivances.
    I enjoyed Karan Johar's extremely delightful dazzlingly textured Student of the Year. It was a no-logic love triangle set in a high school (which, ironically, is named after a Saint who emphasized on textbooks and education) where everyone dances in stilettos, reads Vogue magazines and wears expensive Manish Malhotra dresses. Nevertheless, the film was delightful with cheerful performances of Varum Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra. Alia needs a lot of work, she's ofcourse just 17. It's a fairytale on the whole. I'm going with 3 stars for 'SOTY'.

    September 28, 19
  • Ajay lawyer
    Ajay lawyer
    85 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    very interesting college life ,hope it brings every college

    July 24, 17
  • Sandeep Gupta
    Sandeep Gupta
    94 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    It is better then I expected. There is nothing fresh but never gets boring. It is a polished teenage college flick with layers of emotions underneath. For sure Karan Johar knows his craft but he is capable of doing better than this.

    May 24, 13
  • Shuvoo Dasgupta
    Shuvoo Dasgupta
    10 reviews
    Senior Reviewer

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    October 05, 17