Directing campus romances is what filmmaker Karan Johar seems to know best and has proved the same yet again with Student of the Year. Starring three newcomers in the lead, Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, this film is a romantic drama that revolves around the lives of three youngsters who fall in and out of love.
This is also the first time Karan Johar has directed a film without his lucky mascot and close friend Shah Rukh Khan. This was Karan’s first without Bollywood bigwigs. “Working with the best actors and setting up a project with movie stars was almost easy. Them doing exactly what they are capable of, which is brilliance, and me just being there and conducting this whole opera would have been wonderful, but not something I hadn’t already done before. Working with first time actors, nurturing them, making sure they present themselves as movie actors, was a far more challenging experience. I felt the need to challenge myself,” said Karan Johar recently.
Also, when asked about the similarities in the feel of his campus romance with the likes of previously released Hollywood movies, Karan went on to add, “I haven’t even seen High School Musical and I don’t think I have even seen a full episode of Glee. I don’t even know how to answer the question when people ask me what the film is about. It happens to be set on a college campus and that’s where the similarity ends if indeed there is any. There is no outside influence from which the story is drawn.”