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Here’s spilling the student secrets

Neha Sharma, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 07, 2012
First Published: 16:17 IST(7/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:20 IST(8/10/2012)

Today’s pick
Student Of The Year
Releasing: October 19
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt
Director: Karan Johar
Genre: Drama

Student Of The Year marks many firsts for Karan Johar. He’s worked with a cast of all first-timers, directed a film without buddy Shah Rukh Khan, this is the shortest film of his career and the film’s romantic song, Ishq Waala Love, took Johar to Kashmir for the first time.

Starring filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia, filmmaker David Dhawan’s son Varun, and Siddharth Malhotra, the film also features Sana Saeed, who played SRK’s daughter Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).
Johar’s lucky mascot Kajol features in The Disco Song. The film releases in 10 days and trade experts feel its freshness will be its high selling point. “It’s lavish, looks entertaining and it is a big thing that Karan is launching three faces,” says trade expert Taran Adarsh. “Fans know that Johar would have extracted the best from the newcomers. The music of the film has created a buzz,” says trade expert Atul Mohan.

Director’s cut
Karan Johar, director of Student of The Year, reveals five things you didn’t know about the film
Alia Bhatt fainted at least 14 times while shooting the film due to cold and fatigue. I have in fact lost count.
The film has remixed versions of the old hit songs — Gulabi Aankhein and Chand Sa Roshan Chehra
Rishi Kapoor plays the most unusual, flamboyant and brave character ever
TV actors Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy play pivotal roles in the film
Varun and Siddharth are very good friends, contrary to rumours.

The plot
Abhimanyu Singh aka Abhi (Sidharth Malhotra), from a middle-class family, and Rohan Nanda aka Ro (Varun Dhawan), son of a business tycoon with whom he shares a strained relationship, both want the Student of The Year trophy at St Teresa’s High School, Dehradun. Their rivalry turns into friendship, and when Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt), the hottie on campus and Rohan’s childhood sweetheart, enters the equation, Abhi’s attraction for her and Shanaya’s quiet reciprocation mess things up. Dean Yogendra Vasisht (Rishi Kapoor) only makes it worse.

Gossipbox
There was buzz that the film took inspiration from American TV show Glee, and is a modern take on Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Johar, however, denied it

Johar auditioned 432 girls for the film before choosing Alia, and asked her to lose weight for the film, which she did in three months

Varun and Alia were romantically linked, however, it later emerged that Varun is in a relationship with an NRI girl called Sara

It was reported that Shah Rukh Khan would make an appearance in the song Radha, but Johar dismissed the rumour

Tomorrow’s pick
All that there is to know about Ajay Devgn-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Son Of Sardar

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