In 2012, it was the rise of three stars Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra with Karan Johar’s directorial Student of The Year. The trio couldn’t have asked for a better debut than SOTY! After the film released on October 19, 2012, Alia-Varun-Sidharth became the talk of the town and the poster stars of several brands. Student Of The Year was a film about friendship, love and competition told through the story of three college friends. It received mixed reviews from critics but a great opening at the box office.
Today, the film clocks 9 years and the team of the film is celebrating online. After penning heartwarming posts on social media, KJo and Alia reunited with Sidharth and Varun virtually on the sets of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani. Karan shared a photo online where Alia and he are seen posing with Varun's and Sidharth's photos on their phones. Sharing the photo on his Instagram story, KJo wrote, "Different sets! The same love! Forever memories!"
Karan's production company Dharma Productions and Punit Malhotra came up with the sequel to Student of the Year. It launched actor Chunky Pandey's daughter Ananya Panday and ballet dancer Tara Sutaria. The two actresses starred along with actor Tiger Shroff. SOTY 2 released in May 2019 and received mixed reviews but the debut performances of Ananya and Tara were praised.
Talking about Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, the love story, which involves a Bengali girl played by Alia and a Punjabi boy played by Ranveer Singh, also stars Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi in pivotal roles. The film will also mark Johar’s return to the director’s chair after five years. KJo's last directorial Ae Dil Hai Mushkil came out in 2016.