In Karan Johar’s pretty, perfect, world, colleges bear not even a fleeting resemblance to the common or garden variety of Indian educational institution

In Karan Johar’s pretty, perfect, lavish, fantasy world, education is an other-worldly experience. The schools and colleges portrayed in Karan Johar films bear not even a fleeting resemblance to the common or garden variety of educational institution one is likely to find in India. Very frequently, the action is rather conveniently shifted to an appealing and somewhat aseptic foreign locale, but even it’s an Indian school or college campus being depicted, the resemblance to reality is tenuous at best. Schools and colleges, according to K Jo….

Have dance as a compulsory subjectstudent of the year 5080984 GIFSoup.com  The Karan Johar Guide to School/College

Not only is it a compulsory subject, your academic future will be decided by how well you shake a leg. Check out the ‘students’ in Student of the Year – not only are they perfectly coifed and turned out, they are amazing looking, and terribly cool and popular and simply wonderful!student of the year The Karan Johar Guide to School/College

The students have an amazing social life

soty The Karan Johar Guide to School/CollegeOur college get-togethers used to be reasonably humble and down-market. But in a school out of K Jo’s imagination, the school and college parties rival the biggest, fattest Indian weddings.

They play American sport

basketball 5081015 GIFSoup.com  The Karan Johar Guide to School/CollegeBasketball? Not so much. With me and my buddies it was usually antakshari in the canteen. If we were feeling rich, it would be over chai and dosa, otherwise music would be the food for the soul.

The guys use friendship bands to ‘patao’ girls

freindship band 5080988 GIFSoup.com  The Karan Johar Guide to School/CollegeSeriously? In what parallel universe are girls that silly? And guys possessed of so little imagination?

Have kids that dress like THIS

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And Thisstudent of the year3 The Karan Johar Guide to School/College

Designer clothes are big in K Jo films. Everyone is perfectly turned out, have great skin and hair and have perfectly chiseled bodies. Whither the geeky, spotty student with the jhola, kurta and torn jeans? In a K Jo film? Perish the thought!

Students could be middle aged

srk 5080998 GIFSoup.com  The Karan Johar Guide to School/CollegeSRK was already in his mid 30’s when he did Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai. But who can blame K Jo? We credulous Indian audiences have never had a problem with overage students. We lapped up 40+ Aamir Khan in 3 Idiots after all…

Always have indescribably cool studentsfriendship 5081018 GIFSoup.com  The Karan Johar Guide to School/College

And just look at these students in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – super cool. But them having that good a time? Well we all did that in college… nostalgia time!

Even business school students are this cool!

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Visually stunning campusessoty The Karan Johar Guide to School/College

My colleges were nice, but in K Jo’s alternative universe a school or college campus is pristine, beautiful and looks a bit like an American rom-com

The kids go to “Camp”

k jo 5081042 GIFSoup.com  The Karan Johar Guide to School/CollegeIf school and college be that cool, the kids are certainly not going to slum it at “camp”. Ergo more stunningly pristine locales…

The teachers are exceedingly colourful

kuchh kuchh hota hai 5081006 GIFSoup.com  The Karan Johar Guide to School/CollegeThey are all soo adorably funny and so endearing and so quirky that you could gag! All merrily having their secret crushes and dalliances… the teachers I mean, not the students. Soooo Sweet!

By – Reena Daruwalla

Images and Video courtesy – Gifsoup.com, Dharma ProductionsHBLEntertainment, Srk Mehmet  , Student of the Year on Facebook, 2 States, Facebook

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