“Working with stars thrills me. This challenges me. After the experimental ‘My Name Is Khan’, making a masala film with newcomers poses a challenge of its own,” says the Dharma Productions chief, Karan Johar. The filmmaker launched four newcomers with his latest directorial venture, Student of the Year, and is currently preparing for his next productions. In Student of the Year, Karan Johar launched Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Kayoze Irani.
For Karan Johar, this campus romance was indeed a trend-breaker. In his previous directorial ventures that include Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) and My Name Is Khan (2010), Karan Johar casted the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor. Also, every film directed by Karan Johar has starred Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, except his fifth film, Student of the Year. This is Karan’s first directorial venture without Shah Rukh Khan. The super-star has however co-produced the movie under his Red Chillies Entertainment Banner with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
Besides Siddharth, Varun, Alia and Kayoze, this film also includes Sana Saeed who worked as a child artist in Karan’s first film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The film revolves around the story of a group of friends at a prestigious school and their battle with the highs and lows of relationships, their bonds of friendship and the rivalry that ensues between them all.
Student of the Year was released on the 19th of October, 2012, and was proclaimed a blockbuster soon after its release.