What’s Good: There are three special appearances in the film – Alia Bhatt, Will Smith & Common Sense!
What’s Bad: We might see Student Of The Year 3 in which students might compete for the Olympics and Karan Johar will be the torchbearer… (Did you see what I did there?)
Loo Break: If you take one, you could either miss – a needless action sequence by Tiger, an unwanted tantrum by Ananya, nothing by Tara and a song suffering from an existential crisis
Watch or Not?: Even if you’re a Harsh Beniwal fan, watch a montage of his portions edited out of the film. You’ll save yourself some life!
It follows the traditional format of casting beautiful characters, give them no strong content, make sure they are pleasing to your eyes & pain to your backside. The action sequences which weren’t required at all, are smoothly choreographed and might find a place in any of the other Tiger movies. It’s disappointing to see a very entertaining Student Of The Year getting such a second-rate sequel.
Let’s start with the (only) best: Harsh Beniwal – this guy is all set to become the first Youtuber to make it big in Bollywood. I went in as a fan & came out as a proud fan. His character deserved more & it could’ve been an epic blend of humor and entertainment.
Tiger Shroff is good when he’s dancing or performing action scenes, but as soon as he starts to act – he reminds you that he still can’t. Continuing the stubble(y) look from Baaghi 2, he definitely looks good with that unmatchable physique; it’s just this isn’t the kind of film for him.
Ananya Panday, the charming relief of the film, tries too hard to make her presence feel. There’s no doubt about her alluring appearance but she needs to prove a lot before gaining any points in the acting department. Tara is sidelined! Her character is written lazily & it just doesn’t justify a glorifying debut. She’s hot but she’s lost; tries to fulfill director’s bleak vision. Aditya Seal is decent but has nothing much to contribute to the film.
The music album is one of the weakest by Vishal-Shekhar. There isn’t a single song you could take away from the film. They’ve ruined Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Jatt Ludhiyane Da doesn’t click & Hookup Song worsens the final feeling you take from the film.
All said and done, I don’t mind cheesy Dharma movies (loved the part 1) but this one is just a needless sequel. They could’ve titled this as ‘Not-A-Student Of The Year’, and still, it would’ve have been equally bad.