Radha – Shreya/Vishal/Shekhar – Vishal-Shekhar | Student of the Year (2012)


Movie: This song appeared in 2012 super hit Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment’s romedy-drama Student of the Year directed by Karan Johar and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar. The movie starred Alia Bhatt (debut), Sidharth Malhotra (debut), Varun Dhawan (debut), Kaiyoze Irani, Manjot Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Sahil Anand, Ram Kapoor, Farida Jalal, Prachi Shah, etc.
Retired dean of St. Teresa’s CollegeYogendra Vashisht (Rishi Kapoor) has aged and fallen ill. He requests to see his students of his last batch, part of the ‘Student of the Year’ Competition. Some of the former students visit the hospital to see the Dean and talk about their regrets from 10 years ago in college. They think that they are responsible for the lively Dean falling ill.
The movie goes to the flashback mode, 10 years back. Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan), the son of the business tycoon Nanda (Ram Kapoor), is the richest and the most popular guy is college. He loves music. But, his father would rather he would become a businessman like him. Rohan’s girlfriend, Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt) is a fashion addict and the most popular girl on the campus.
Enter Abhimanyu (Sidharth Malhotra). After some altercation with Rohan, he and Rohan become best friends. Every 2 weeks the students are allowed to go home for the weekend. When Rohan introduces Abhimanyu to his father, the newcomer and Nanda begin to appreciate each other. In this way, Nanda does not stop at demoralizing his own son even in front of his friend. But, their friendship stays.
Some professors and students are invited to Nanda’s elder son’s marriage. Even Abhimanyu gets to join them in the trip in Nanda’s private jet to Thailand. Rohan’s constant flirting with the other girls makes Shanaya cry alone. Abhimanyu finds her out and suggests that her being Rohan to track by doing something wrong. Shanaya realizes what he means and begins to notice Abhimanyu more. She performs this song at one of the early wedding rituals.
Song: The music of this song was scored by Vishal-Shekhar with the lyrics penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan and Vishal Dadlani.
This song compares the girl and her boyfriend to Radha and Lord Krishna and the behavior of her boyfriend to the Lord’s Raas Leela.
Video: Cinematography is by Ayananka Bose. Dance choreography is by Farah Khan.
The video opens with Alia Bhatt beginning the performance with a dupatta covering her face. Varun Dhawan thinks it is a stranger and begins to drool over her. Alia Bhatt, then, lifts to throw away the veil and Varun Dhawan gets embarrassed. Sidharth Malhotra seems to be enjoying the performance.
Everybody including Sidharth Malhotra begins to clap their hands. Alia Bhatt is joined by some other girls and they dance together. She pulls Sidharth Malhotra into the dance and he joins her in the song as well. Varun Dhawan also begins to perform with them. Rishi Kapoor, Ronit Roy and Prachi Shah enjoy the performance.
Rishi Kapoor has played a gay character in it and at this moment in the song thinks that he and Ronit Roy are together. A girl bumps into him and he is brought back to reality from his imaginary world. Varun Dhawan is trying his best to reconcile with Alia Bhatt. But, she seems not to care. Then, his attitude changes. He says there are other girls falling for him.
Suddenly, Rishi Kapoor picks up a dafli and mounts the stage to play it. Right then, Alia Bhatt begins to sing an old song (refurbished) – Dafliwale … (Sargam – 1979). She dances with Rishi Kapoor now. Finally, he throws the dafli at Prachi Shah and continues dancing with the young people. Alia Bhatt tries to get close to Sidharth and he pushes her away.
The song and the video end there.
Artists: The playback is sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani and the onscreen performances are by Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi romantic pop song expressing the heroine’s situation with her boyfriend. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography.


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