Actor Siddharth Malhotra shot to fame with his debut in the film Student of the Year. A Karan Johar directorial venture produced by Dharma Productions and Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, the film stars Siddharth in the lead alongside two more newcomers, Varun Dhawan, the son of veteran filmmaker David Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, director Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter. From the three, Siddharth is the only one without a filmy background. And no, this certainly hasn’t kept this young hunk from shining on screen and winning millions of hearts across India and internationally with his debut.
So what made Siddharth’s role in the film so special? Well, his attitude and well-chiseled frame do catch the eye. In the film, Siddharth plays Abhimanyu, an athletic middle-class boy who finds a place for himself in a prestigious school in Dehradun called the St. Teresa’s High School. At the institution, he meets the campus-sweetheart Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt) and her boyfriend, Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan). Unlike Abhimanyu, Rohan is a rich kid who drives around in fancy cars and parties hard. Abhimanyu gets a taste of the affluent lifestyle after befriending Rohan. However, things fall apart between the two best-buddies when Abhi falls in love with Shanaya. As expected, her boyfriend Rohan begins hating Abhi, resulting in a bitter rivalry.
Student of the Year centers on Abhimanyu and Rohan’s friendship and the former’s relationship with Shanaya. The film released on the 19th of October, 2012 and was proclaimed a blockbuster.