Mumbai, Aug 17: Karan Johar starts shooting today for his new directorial venture Student Of The Year with an elaborate campus song choreographed by Farah Khan.
Though Farah refuses to comment on the song, the buzz is that the three debutantes Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra would be doing a high school party gig, a la Shah Rukh, Kajol and Rani's 'Koi Mil Gaya Mera Dil Gaya' in Karan's directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
The film's launch sees two sets of anxious parents from within the film industry Mahesh Bhatt-Soni Razdan and David-Lali Dhawan praying and crossing their fingers for their respective offspring.
Says a source, "Like all anxious parents of children who attend school or college for the first day Varun, Alia and Siddharth's parents want to be on the sets on Tuesday. But they've been requested to stay away so that the youngsters don't get self-conscious with their dance movements. And it's not just the kids' first time. Even the director Karan Johar is very nervous because he's directing newcomers for the first time. So the shooting will start on Tuesday without guests, and that includes the newcomers' parents."
However, a concession to the parental embargo was made at the last minute when it was discovered that it was Varun's father David Dhawn's birthday on Tuesday.
Says a source, "What a wonderful coincidence that David Dhawan's son embarks on his acting career on the day of his father's birthday. Karan had to make a concession and let David drop in to meet his son."
However, Mahesh Bhatt confirms his absence from his daughter's shooting. "No, I won't be there. This is the journey of the alone to the unknown. I will buy a ticket and watch her maiden performance on a single-screen cinema hall when the movie releases. Now that is a moment to look forward to, isn't it? This is the stuff that dream launches are made of. Mother Nature has given Alia the looks and the thirst to be a star and Karan has given her a dream launch. What more can she ask for? Now it is up to her to use the opportunity to the optimum."