In the last decade, the Dharma Productions chief, Karan Johar, has directed, produced and rolled out blockbusters and has stuck to the formula of sprinkling all of his directorial ventures with glitz and extravagance. Recently, he unveiled yet another feature film with his signature extravagance, titled Student of the Year. However, this film does step away from Karan’s usual star-packed casts. He roped in three newcomers, Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, all making their first big screen appearances with the film.
Karan Johar has previously mentioned the talent and diligence his new cast has shown during the making of the film. The trio has accompanied the director on tours across the nation and abroad to promote the film. While Siddharth Malhotra and Varun have worked with Karan as Assistant Directors before for the 2010 film My Name Is Khan, Alia was auditioned for Student of the Year amongst 500 more hopefuls. It didn’t take long for Karan to entrust his big-budget campus romance on the performances of these talented youngsters who’ve shown great potential with this film.
The film is set in a fictitious and extravagant school in Dehradun called St. Teresa’s High School. A home to the wealthy and affluent, the school is presided over by a gay dean, Yogendra Vasisht (Rishi Kapoor). The film revolves around the lives of three of the school’s students, Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth Malhotra), Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt) and her boyfriend Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan). Together, the three sail through friendship, love, rivalry and enmity as they deal with the highs and lows of teenage relationships and compete against each other to win the Student of the Year Trophy.