In 2012, Karan Johar directed Student Of The Year, a film that was very different in his career. It was the first feature film he directed without having Shahrukh Khan in the main role. The film was also intended to be younger, and lighter. It launched the careers of three beginners like Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, and Varun Dhawan.
Although the film by far got the worst critical reception for a direction of Karan Johar, it was a commercial success with the target audience. Six years later, the franchise resumes with a new start, a new story and a completely renewed cast.
Another change to note is Karan Johar will no longer be the director but will this time simply produce the project. He has entrusted the direction to Punit Malhotra, who earlier directed I Hate Luv Stories as well as Gori Tere Pyaar Mein. But what intrigued the media and the public was obviously the cast.
Karan had announced that this time two actresses would accompany the main actor. Tiger Shroff has been confirmed in the cast for several months already. But what about the female cast? To keep a link with the first part, Student Of The Year 2 will also launch new faces on the front of the stage. We can discover two new actresses like Ananya Pandey and Tara Sutaria.
In line with Karan Johar's taste for nepotism, Ananya Pandey (left of Tiger on the poster) is indeed a "daughter of..." since she is the daughter of actor Chunky Pandey. And apart from the merit of being the daughter of an actor, Ananya has for the moment nothing to prove her ability to be followed on social networks.
For her part, Tara Sutaria is best known as a dancer and singer. She has done several international concerts. As a young actress, she made some quick appearances in several TV series. Tara is the only casting talent that does not come from a famous family and has no connection with the sphere of Dharma Productions.
Of course, as expected, social networks quickly emerged from the nepotism debate with the Tiger and Ananya combo. Despite the bad buzz, this should not prevent the film from silencing critics from the launch of the true marketing campaign - as almost always with Dharma Productions.