“Student of the Year 2.”… A bummer of a sequel where the women fare marginally better than the men

Posted on May 11, 2019


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/student-of-the-year-2-movie-review-tiger-shroff-baradwaj-rangan

WWhatever you say about Student of the Year 2, you’ll have to admit it possesses a sense of irony. Here’s a sequel without a shred of dignity, but revolving around a sporting trophy called… Dignity Cup. Though, on second thought, maybe that’s really about the line of brassieres clothes worn by the female leads (Tara Sutaria as Mia, Ananya Panday as Shreya). They always seem one hand-stretch away from a wardrobe malfunction. A small army of tailors has worked very, very hard to maintain their… cups of dignity. The college student who looks like she stepped out of a Dior perfume ad isn’t new, of course. It goes back at least as far as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which made an entire nation of young boys reconsider IIT coaching classes in favour of whatever exam would get them into the Karan Johar Schools of Higher Education, where the female students apparently couldn’t get a hall ticket unless they wore a miniskirt. But KKHH had more. Much more. It had characters. It had a plot. SOTY 2, on the other hand, has Tiger Shroff’s biceps. And triceps. And lats. And glutes. The film, too, is all glutes. It’s a major bummer.

Even the title seems all wrong. Given that hero (Rohan, played by Tiger) is 29 and his opponent (Manav, played by Aditya Seal) is 31, I would have gone with ‘Millennials in Their Second Dotcom Job’ of the Year 2. This isn’t about authenticity. After all, Aamir Khan was 27 when he starred in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, which SOTY 2 is a kinda-sorta remake of. It’s about the utter lack of young-ness, student-ness, that morning-dew freshness of youth you sense when you watch Pehla nasha for the 2769th time. Rohan and Manav face off like grown-ups, like a masala-movie hero and villain. Manav’s rich. He could be saying: Mere paas maal hai. When he senses Rohan has an eye on the coveted trophy, he could be thinking: Dignity Cup ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai. Rohan, meanwhile, isn’t giving up without a fight, even though Manav’s father is one of the college’s trustees. He’s thinking: Yeh college hai, tumhare baap ka ghar nahin.

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