Student of the Year is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy-drama film directed by Karan Johar and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions and Gauri Khan under Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment. The movie launched the careers of Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, who played the lead roles, and also featured Rishi Kapoor, Sana Saeed, Ronit Roy, Sahil Anand, Ram Kapoor and Farida Jalal in supporting roles. The film also features Boman Irani, Kajol, Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant in guest appearances. This was Karan Johar's first and only mainstream directorial venture without Shah Rukh Khan. The next film without Shahrukh was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, though he had a cameo appearance there.