Welcome to Karan Johar’s Dream(y) boarding school. “The fantasy of Hogwarts meets facilities of Harvard with crowd of USA’s Adult Video Network”.
Yes, one very, very typical Karan Johar movie.
Every single time a new character comes, the school starts to circle round and round, dancing. Sidharth’s entry was quiet weird, because around 80 GUYS!!! started dancing. It ended with him and Varun doing a ‘rivalry’ dance… which seemed more of a ‘scorpion dance invitation for mating’.
The level of jokes and acting dips to such a low, at times, you can’t help but hope for Karan Johar to appear and say “but he’s your best friend yar” so that they all break into some song and dance (tried and tested, kuch kuch hota hai).
Sidharth and Varun. Either they look creepily similar, or no one in the audience would bother to find the difference, and that makes the movie a little confusing.
Varun Dhawan. Well, he gives a lot of weird constipated expressions throughout the movie. That’s another acting career gone the Chunky Pandey/ Chandrachoor Singh way (side roles only till Mahua channel invites him to host bhojpuri game shows). I guess he also needs Govinda, like his dad, as a lucky mascot.
Sidharth Malhotra. He needs to check his expression too. It appears as if he thought that getting a six pack would mean people ignoring his idiotic smiles. Yes, throughout the two and a half hours.
Alia Bhatt. Two guys competing for a girl who boasts of Pooja Bhatt looks, coupled with Kristen Stewart’s expressions. They try to win her through athletics, studies, and not to forget, body building. For one size zero-point-five Alia, we have two Squid-sized options. One question… Why bother?? She did look great in a bikini though, and the cheer that followed was loudly saying ‘Paisa Vasool’.
Midway, Rishi Kapoor, the principal of the esteemed (what looks to be) Goenka/Modern inter-planetary school, almost remarks “you people should not care about student of the year this much!”. That was the point where the cinema audience broke out in unison… “Exactly”.
Gay jokes starring Rishi Kapoor, four story tellers(all of them irritating), and a typical bollywood football match, in which the good team wins in the last minute, first goal is by an overhead scissors kick, and the last one a selfless pass by the good guy to the guy who’s the producer’s son. Been there, seen that.
Still… Be assured. Still a better love story than twilight.
Comments/ Criticism /Abuse welcome.