The Vigil Idiot: Student Of The Year

October 22, 2012 7:42 am by

Director Karan Johar’s Student of the Year stars his former assistant director Siddharth Malhotra (as Beefcake Abhimanyu), David Dhawan’s son Varun Dhawan (as Beefcake 2 Rohan), and Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia Bhatt (as clueless Shanaya). There’s also a role in there for Boman Irani’s son Kayoze Irani for good measure. Now, I’m all for nepotism in Bollywood. Sometimes, good things can come out of it (the director of this film not being the least of them). Then again, sometimes you get Uday Chopra. This isn’t that bad, honestly. The kids do manage to hold fort admirably enough. That’s more than can be said of the script, though, as you’ll find out soon enough.

Sahil Rizwan is a 24-year-old freelance writer and creator of The Vigil Idiot. When he’s not busy doing everything in his power to avoid taking up a 9-to-5 desk job, you can probably find him curled up in front of a TV or his laptop. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Comments (90)

  1. KM |

    So, I read this listening to ‘ajeeb dastan hai yeh, kahaan shuru kahaan khatam’. Epic combo. Nice review, I couldn’t stop laughing. :P

  2. Mark Duarte |

    Great reviews man!
    Your reviews are really humorous and creative. Keep up the awesome work! :)

  3. Rahul |

    Hi Sahil ,
    You reviews are simply brilliant and provides us with such a satirical angle on such brainless movies. Producers like Johar make these only to spin some money as they make up the budget these days even before the film is released with satellite rights and other marketing gimmicks. Thank God for people like you because honestly this is the best review one can ask for.
    I would sincerely request you to do your magic on a movie released in 2002 called Jaani Dushman : Ek Anokhi Kahani. It is considered an all time raspberry awards contender in India. The only tough time is sitting through the 3 hours . Please consider this as a fan request.
    Cheers ,

  4. nandan |

    you are a comic genius. yo …..
    kudos to you
    and now about something i found in this film did anyone realise that in “karan johars” movie there is a character who is a ‘fat gay mommas boy who is infatuated with some guy he works with ‘ similar much ….

  5. Sanket Patle |

    Must be story of the school where Karan Johar studied.. what else can you expect?

    Best part of this strip was “The two girls who qualified for the triathlon final finished nowhere near the boys”.. “Real shocker” :P :P .. Seriously, how can you expect boys and girls complete in same athletic event?

  6. Dude you are fucking awesome

  7. ASHA |

    Hail vigil idiot! Please release a collectors item – a coffee table book! And also please do Desh Drohi for me. Please! Thanks.

  8. Juilee |


  9. Never watch Bollywood movies. Read your review and thought would catch some glimpses of this movie on YouTube (just for laughing ever more heartily at the hilarious stuff you’ve mentioned).
    Watched some upload for 3 min. Dunno which mindless teenage Hollywood movie this is a copy of (complete with high school sports and cheerleader culture which simply doesn’t exist in India), but all in all – I realized I was better off never watching Bollywood. :D

  10. movie is good i like but not too much

  11. squirrel |

    hahaha this is soo funnyy

  12. Shweta |

    Your reviews are better than the movies!!

  13. rofl.. hilarious review..
    here’s my not so hilarious and an amateur attempt at reviewing – :)

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  15. Sarang |

    11/10 amazing review

  16. Tamojit |

    What.The.bhen hahahahaha

  17. johnconnor |

    Its great that bollywood is making movies. Atleast we get to read stuff like these, ryt? N ur movie reviews are a great reminder that there is still some wit left with my fellow indians…
    Keep up the good work man! Totally love ur stuff!!!

  18. rohit |

    u made me wanna watch the damn movie and that says a whole lot!!!but ur JTHJ review is legendary!!

  19. kriti |

    Wow. You seriously are really funny. The way you are able to criticize films in the most funniest way is just commendable. Way to Go BUDDY! :D

  20. Atul |

    Amazingly true reviews…. Desparetly awaiting your reviews for all the latest release..!!

  21. Unnamed |

    U missed the point where in a race, Abhimanyu has sufficient time to find Ashok Nanda , figure out his expression from so far and decide immediately he wants to lost the race.

  22. Vishal |

    Man!! .. this is much more hilarious than what I think movie would be (haven’t watched it yet but now I know what it would be like).

  23. Loved it to bits. Awesome work Sahil….Seems like somebody has put pictures and words to my own thoughts. Loved the JTHJ and Ek tha Tiger reviews also man…You ROCK !

  24. Anupam |

    This is awesome!!

  25. Aadarsh Gupta |

    LOL :D really really good-one! :P

  26. Pulkit Kumar |

    haha.. keep it coming… This is something fresh and very underrated.. Loved it

  27. Pulkit Kumar |

    hahahaha.. Man i can die laughing…. Keep it coming bro!!

  28. Harsh |

    This is simply Awesome sense of humor..! Hats off..

  29. Madhuja |

    This is amazing. I loved the movie and the characters.
    But never thought they could have been portrayed in this way also. This is hilarious and it made me laugh a lot.
    It’s beautifully done.
    Keep up the good work.

  30. Supes |

    Bro… This is somethin’ else!!! Gotta say haven’t laughed that hard at a review EVER! Keep em coming! :D

  31. RB |

    Awesome! thanks for being a savior :)

  32. Meenakshi Chellam |

    This is so completely awesome!!! You’ve got such a brilliant sense of humour!!!


  33. Rxan |

    Man this was truly awesome… It slightly reaffirms my faith in my fellow Indians all over…

  34. Vramori |

    Yesssss!! Brilliant!! While in the movie hall i could’nt stop wondering when do i get to read the review for this by you Sahil! :D

  35. akshay |

    much… much more entertaining than the muvi……wasted 250 on the muvi …but this my friend is priceless….nic work keep them coming!!

  36. Shradha |

    Just discovered this……genius!

  37. Varun |

    Boss, this stuff is mind-blowing. I was sitting in a lecture and burst out laughing.
    By the way, you forgot, the “gay-dean” bit, and the ishw wala love song :P

  38. Loved your “review” :) … but I will admit to enjoying the movie… That’s the thing with KJo movies – you know they will be full of illogical shit but weird as it may be, I still find them fun enough for a one-time watch. But it was great to see the newcomers hold their own in a seriously flawed movie. The eye candies certainly didn’t hurt. :)