Student Of the Year


Bollywood movies are something that most of us love and Fridays are the days which we look up to. Being excited for every new release to being disappointed by a bad movie has become a part of our lives. Today’s youth follows Bollywood like holy books. This article talks about some of the movies which influenced the youth.

Today, cinema is the one of the most powerful media for mass communication. We go to a movie for three hours of entertainment but there are some movies that cause something more than entertainment. They leave a lasting impact on our minds which may be good or bad. On one hand, some movies are responsible for bringing a revolution whereas on the other hand there are some movies which provoke people in their life. Teenagers and college students are the most easily influenced group in our society.

There are various movies which show unreal and impossible scenes that most people are crazy behind. It makes many people believe that lives can be as perfect as shown in movies and leads to disappointment when it doesn’t turn out to be the actual case.

The perfect college scenes of Karan Johar’s movies increased our expectations and made us all believe that college life is as happening as shown in movies like Student of the Year. The movie that revolves around lavish lives of three privileged kids shows everything apart from studying, and it surely made us believe that college is all about having fun and chilling around. But the reality is something very different from that. College, in real life, is more about studies, assessments, internals and externals, and much less about the glorified chilling around.

Romance is another aspect shown in Bollywood movies in unrealistic ways. Such movies make us believe that our love lives can be as perfect as the love lives of the lead actors. But love in real life is full of ups and downs. Movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge make us believe that our Raj will come from continents apart and propose in the mustard fields. But this doesn’t happen in real life (SPOILER ALERT: Love is not everything that you have in real life.). Life has much more to it. Not all girls will give up all they have just for love and no prince charming will come riding a white horse to take you with him.

Movies like Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara left most of the audience dreaming of a perfect trip with friends. But planning trips is not as easy as shown in the movies. It takes a lot of things to plan such trips. Firstly, you need money. Nobody can go to Spain and live the best of their lives if they do not have finances. A Goa trip is something that we all want to go to at least once in the three years of college. At times, students are denied permission by parents which leads to a negative impact on their minds.

Many movies make the youth believe that smoking, drinking, and attending parties makes them look cool and those who focus more on studying are not so cool. This has also become a cause behind youth indulging into drinks and drugs. Movies portray that having a social life is must and those who don’t have a social life are not living their lives in the correct way. All these things tend to create a negative impact on the audience and make people spend lots of money on parties and forces them to show the world what they are doing, where they are, and who they are with. Social media becomes a platform for this. People do everything for that perfect shot to be uploaded on Instagram. Lives start to revolve around the perfect and colourful world of Instagram.

Some movies also show that girls who wear pretty clothes and dress up in a conventionally girly way are more desirable and liked by boys more often. For instance, Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is not liked by Rahul in her tomboyish look and he goes after Tina who looks wears pretty dresses and looks more ‘girly’. But the same Rahul falls for Anjali and finds her to be desirable when she wears saree and looks more like a conventionally typified girl of his conditioned beliefs.

However, not all movies leave a negative impact on the audience. There are a few movies which impact our minds positively and teaches us some very important life lessons.

Gully Boy is a movie praised vastly by the audience. The movie has done wonders and has left a message that we should not always run after the mainstream professions and we should follow our dreams. It shows that poverty is not something that can stop you from achieving your goals. It is not the end of the world but an obstacle that we all can cross. The movie teaches us that no dream is impossible and we can become what we dream of.

Dear Zindagi teaches us a number of beautiful life lessons. The most important of which is that you should always move on and once we take charge of our lives and start understanding ourselves then other’s opinions don’t matter. Another important lesson is to not let your past ruin your present or a beautiful future and never let the memories of your past haunt you.

Another movie that left people with something that they carried with them outside the theatre is Tamasha. It is a movie with a heart that beats in every frame. The biggest lesson that it teaches us is that we need to stop trying to fit in the world the way it wants us to; rather we should become what we want to be. It also teaches us that it is impossible to run away from who we are as it will keep returning to us in ways we can’t imagine. Tamasha is not just a movie but an emotion and words can never be enough to explain it.

It can be concluded that all the movies have both positive as well as a negative factors, and it depends on our minds on how to interpret it. We should try to take the good lessons and ignore the bad lessons. We need to understand the difference between the reel and real life and we need to know that what’s shown on the reel cannot always be implemented in real life. However, the good thing about Bollywood movies these days is that a lot of movies are now based on social causes which tend to influence the audience in a positive way and are responsible for bringing a change in the mind-set of the audience.

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Priya Chauhan

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The University of Delhi will be conducting the Student of the Year Competition for the first time this year. DU Beat brings to you all the important details and updates. 

The University of Delhi (DU) released a notification on its website on Monday, 27 August 2018 specifying the details for a Student of the Year Competition to be held in the varsity for the very first time this year. The competition will be open to all 2nd and 3rd year students across colleges in the University. The minimum qualification criteria according to the website, is a minimum GPA of 7.0 and above, and membership to a minimum of two college societies.
Professor Ritween, Dean of Students’ Welfare (DSW), at Delhi University would be in-charge of organising the competition. “The University has introduced a competition like this for the first time and we are positive that it will inculcate a spirit of competition among the students,” she said.
A Student of The Year committee will be set up to judge the various rounds that will be conducted from September to November. Sunita McCain, professor of Economics at Hindu College and Dhira Kopfe, professor of Political Science at Hansraj College will be heading the 11 member committee. “We will ensure that the committee stays free of all personal biases and will try to be as transparent as possible,” they remarked.
The applicants will have to go through five rounds and an intense screening process to make it to the big trophy. Along with the trophy, the university has also promised an academic scholarship worth INR 50 thousand for the winner of the competition.

Applicants will be subject to the following rounds:
1. Screening Process The first round of the competition requires the student to fill an online form and attach their C.V., which can be accessed through the DU website and filled by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, 4 September 2018.
2. General Awareness Test The shortlisted candidates will be required to take a test that checks their general knowledge.
3. Talent Show The third round will require the candidate to display any talent.
4. Sports Round The fourth round will involve three activities: cycling, swimming, and running. The candidate has to excel in all three to qualify for the finals.
5. Jury Round The final round will require the candidate to answer a question asked by a seven member jury. The Student of the Year will be decided according to the result of this round.
In the past two days, students across the University have shown extreme excitement towards the announcement. Manya Kakkar, a third year Maths Honour student at Jesus and Mary College said, “I’m really looking forward to the competition. It’s every Bollywood lover’s dream come true!”

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If 2011 gave us record breaking films with mind boggling collections, plethora of biggies are lined up in this new year which have the potential to take the industry by storm. You don’t need to be a genius to predict who will rule the Box Office but the Khans, still there are plenty other films which ride high on promise and can provide us all a worthy time at the cinemas.

2012 can easily be called as the year of sequels with as many as 15 films like Jannat 2, Raaz 3, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2, 1920 Part 2, Dabangg 2, Jism 2 and Housefull 2 releasing this year. Then there is Kya Super Kool Hain Hum, a sequel to the 2005 hit Kya Kool Hain Hum as well.

Apart from these sequels and the Khans, there are few films that may do the trick for their producers as well as the audience. These may not have the hype currently but can certainly prove successful considering few key factors attached to them.

Here are my picks:

I don’t need to tell you either the star cast or the man behind the film as it has already been on the top of the charts of controversies. This Madhur Bhandarkar film promises to be a blockbuster simply ‘coz it has the buzz and the name (Kareena Kapoor) that can help the film create history.

Student Of the Year
So, this is the first time Karan Johar helms direction without his buddy SRK. With three absolute newcomers, this campus film seems exciting and with Karan’s masterful storytelling, the film could well end up as one of the blockbusters of the year.

After the super success of The Dirty Picture, all eyes are on Vidya Balan. And her next, directed by Sujoy Ghosh, looks like an engrossing watch. Its teaser that was released just a few days back gave a glimpse of how Vidya can again run away with all the critical acclaim and the moolah.
P.S. If you haven’t seen the teaser yet, catch it and hold your breath before the last scene, it will blow you away!

Produced by Anurag Kashyap and group (Phantom Films) and Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane of Udaan fame, this Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha starrer grabs your attention with the names associated with it. A romantic saga set in the 1950s, Lootera could be a big surprise waiting this year.

Agent Vinod
Months and months were consumed to complete this Saif and Kareena starrer. But it is sure that once the release date of the film nears (March 23), the film will catch the spice and will become a hot property. Also because its Saif’s ambitious project which he co-produced as well.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Teri Meri Kahaani
These two films share the same spot because of their ‘not in love now’ star cast. While Ranbir and Deepika star in a Karan Johar production Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra join hands for Teri Meri Kahaani (tentative title), which marks Kunal Kohli’s return to direction after four years.

Rock the Shaadi
No-no, this isn’t the usual shaadi saaga but, believe it or not, India’s first Zombie film starring Genelia D’Souza and Abhay Deol and produced by Ekta Kapoor. I can’t say how good will this “zom-com” be, but one thing is for sure, it’s certain to generate ample curiosity by the time it releases.

Jodi Breakers
Starring R.Madhavan and Bipasha Basu, Jodi Breakers may well be the Tanu Weds Manu of this year. As the title suggests, the film is all about two divorce lawyers and their love story. Going by Madhavan’s track record and the unconventional jodi, the film may give Bipasha a much needed hit.

Dibakar Banerjee’s films have a certain air about them, which defies convention. And Shanghai starring Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi makes the fare seem even more exciting.

Like the unusual title, the film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra is a tale of two opposite personalities, with Priyanka enacting the role of a mentally challenged girl. Directed by Anurag Basu, Barfi! looks like an intriguing prospect.

That’s not it! Akshay Kumar comes up with as many as four films – Rowdy Rathore starring Sonakshi Sinha, OUTIM 2, Joker and Khiladi 786. Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardaar is highly anticipated in the trade and Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepath is already very hyped and is ready for release next week.

Are we missing something? Well, yes! The Khans! It will be a key year as all the three Khans have at least a single release this year. While Aamir Khan’s Talaash co-starring Rani and Kareena releases this June, Salman Khan has one release each for Eid and Christmas which are EK Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2 respectively.

But for me, the most awaited film has to be SRK’s next, directed by the legendary Yash Chopra. With Katrina and Anushka Sharma as leads, the film surely promises to be a grand cinematic experience.

It’s over to you, 2012!

Chaitanya Sharma
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