So, the story (hahahaha!) starts with a flashy sequence in which we see Rohan (Tiger Shroff) playing for Student Of The Year 2‘s trophy. Next, we see he’s from a very ordinary Pishorilal Chamandas college and joins the ‘elite’ St. Teresa because his girlfriend Mridula aka Mia is in that college. “You can take out a student of Pishorilal but you can’t take Pishorilal out of a student” Yes, that sounded wrong but that’s what happens with Rohan.
Following his girlfriend to Teresa, he meets Shreya (Ananya Panday) and they come close to each other because they both like to dance. Mia starts disliking Rohan because he’s a ‘bloody gawaar’, and Rohan starts getting attracted to Shreya. Mia realises her she’s wrong, Rohan realises he’s right, Shreya doesn’t realise anything. All of this is backed by people playing Kabbadi, Will Smith doing a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance in a song, Samir Soni shouting ‘Gooooood morning’ and a lot of people doing a lot of stupid stuff.
It seems Arshad Sayed while penning the story of this film, knew this will be high on production value, will get few good looking actors, some tik-tok trending songs and that’s why he didn’t really put any efforts to his working department. There’s not a single aspect to take out of the script because it’s bland. It has nothing to say and it says that nothing badly.
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 a**. 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 humour 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. 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 fulfil director’s bleak vision. Aditya Seal is decent but has nothing much to contribute to the film.
Punit Malhotra is back after a sabbatical post a disastrous Gori Tere Pyaar Mein & he has improved. The movie looks fairly rich and so his direction. He avoids abrupt cuts & is aided by picturesque cinematography. All he needed was a good script. 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.