Student of the Year is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy-drama film directed by Karan Johar and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions and in collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.[4] The movie launched the careers of Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, who played the lead roles, and also featured Rishi Kapoor, Sana Saeed, Ronit Roy, Sahil Anand, Ram Kapoorand Farida Jalal in supporting roles. The movie also features Boman Irani, Kajol, Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant in guest appearances. This is Karan Johar’s first and only mainstream (feature film) directorial venture without Shah Rukh Khan.

Student of the Year was released on 19 October 2012 in over 1400 locations across India. It was one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2012.[5] In 2019, Student of the Year 2 is set to release, starring Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Pandey.


Former principal Dean Yogendra Vashisht (Rishi Kapoor) has aged and fallen ill. He desires to see the students from his last batch, who were part of the “Student of the Year” competition. Some former students arrive to the hospital to meet the Dean and talk about their regrets from ten years ago in college. They hold themselves responsible for the lively Dean having falling ill. The film then goes into a flashback set ten years back at the college.

The richest and most popular guy in the college, Rohan “Ro” Nanda (Varun Dhawan), is the son of a huge business tycoon Ashok Nanda (Ram Kapoor). His father wants him to be a businessman like him and disagrees with his passion for music. Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt), a fashion addict and the most popular girl in the campus is Rohan’s girlfriend. She is unsatisfied with her family, as her mother constantly divorces and marries rich men. Shanaya gets upset with Rohan’s regular flirting with Tanya Israni (Sana Saeed), another student and Shanaya’s arch-nemesis. Abhimanyu “Abhi” Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) arrives at the college and becomes the classy new heartthrob. Abhi becomes the most popular guy in the college. He plays the role of the perfect student and a perfect man. He is an orphan from a middle-class family, and lives with his aunt, uncle and grandmother. His dream is to become a big business tycoon like Ashok. Rohan and Abhimanyu initially don’t get along but soon become best friends. Rohan introduces Shanaya to Abhimanyu, warning Abhimanyu not to get involved with her romantically.

Abhimanyu is invited to Rohan’s elder brother’s destination wedding in Thailand, which Shanaya and other rich family friends are attending as well. In Thailand, Shanaya sees Tanya and Rohan flirting again and gets even more upset when Rohan is rude to her and sides with Tanya. Abhimanyu tells her that they can teach Rohan to respect his girlfriend. At a party, Shanaya openly flirts with Abhimanyu, attempting to make Rohan jealous. The plan works but Rohan discovers she did this to get him back on track.

On the wedding day, Rohan apologises to her and is easily forgiven while Abhimanyu realises that he is in love with Shanaya. They head back to India, where the “Student Of The Year” competition, which determines the best student intellectually and is, also a good sportsperson, commences. First round is the quiz in which Rohan, Abhi and most of their friends win. The second round is the treasure hunt. Abhimanyu and Shanaya’s team wins the hunt, though Rohan’s team also qualifies. Abhimanyu’s grandmother falls sick and eventually dies. Shanaya stands by him during this difficult time. Upset, Abhimanyu sends Shanaya away, but now she is also attracted to him, stays back and they happen to kiss. Rohan sees this and is heartbroken, becoming enemies with Abhimanyu.

In the third round, the Prom, a confused Shanaya picks Rohan’s friend Jeet Khurana (Sahil Anand) as her partner as she can’t choose between Abhimanyu and Rohan. Rohan, who disowns Jeet and ends his friendship with him, goes with Tanya and Abhimanyu with Shanaya’s ex best friend Shruti Pathak (Manasi Rachh) when she has a spat with Shanaya. Shanaya is disqualified for leaving the dance before it ends. The last round of the competition is a triathlon. Abhimanyu is winning but sees how Ashok doesn’t want Rohan to win. He intentionally slows down and lets Rohan win. In the award ceremony, Yogi is abused by a drunken friend of theirs, Kaizad “Sudo” Sodabottleopenerwala (Kayoze Irani) due to which he eventually retires. Rohan declines to accept the award from his father.

In the present, Rohan has succeeded in becoming a pop star but is still single. Abhimanyu and Shanaya married each other and Abhimanyu at present is a successful investment banker. They all run into each other when they come to visit their ailing principal. Abhimanyu and Rohan have a fight and everything they were holding back for last ten years comes out. Rohan comes around when he discovers the truth about the triathlon and both of them realize how important friendship is. They become friends again.


  • Siddharth Malhotra as Abhimanyu Singh
  • Varun Dhawan as Rohan Nanda
  • Alia Bhatt as Shanaya Singhania
  • Sana Saeed as Tanya Israni
  • Rishi Kapoor as Dean Yogendra Vashishth
  • Sahil Anand as Jeet Khurana
  • Manasi Rachh as Shruti Pathak
  • Kayoze Irani as Kaizad “Sudo” Sodabottleopenerwala
  • Manjot Singh as Dimpy
  • Ronit Roy as Coach Shah
  • Ram Kapoor as Ashok Nanda
  • Gautami Kapoor as Gayatri Nanda
  • Farida Jalal as Abhimanyu’s grandmother
  • Akshay Anand as Abhimanyu’s uncle
  • Manini Mishra as Geeta Singh
  • Prachi Shah as Coach Shah’s wife
  • Nandini Sen as Shanaya’s mother
  • Boman Irani as Harikishan Santa
  • Sushma Seth in a cameo appearance as Yogendra’s mother
  • Farah Khan in a guest appearance as a judge in “The Disco Song”
  • Vaibhavi Merchant in a guest appearance as a judge in “The Disco Song”
  • Kajol in a guest appearance in “The Disco Song”


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