Release date : April 18 2014
Starring : Arjun Kapoor,Alia Bhatt,Ronit Roy,Amrita Singh,Revathy
Producer : Karan Johar
Director : Abhishek Varman
Music Director : Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Rating : 3.5/5
After the screen adaptation of three of Chetan Bhagat’s novels, here is the forth one in the form of 2 States. Directed by Abhishek Verman, this film has Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in lead roles, and has hit the screens today. Let’s see what this unusual love story has in store for us.
Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) is a Punjabi lad from Delhi, while Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt), is a Tamilian from Chennai. The two study together in IIM-Ahmedabad and soon get romantically involved with each other. But the real problem starts after they settle in their respective jobs, and come close to the time of getting married. The two decide to approach each other’s family and convince them.
How will the two culturally different families get along with each other? Will Ananya and Krish manage to convince each other’s parents? That forms the rest of the story.
Even though love stories are extremely common in bollywood, what happens after the ‘happily ever after’ is what 2 States explains. It is nothing like the other bollywood love stories, but is a rather mature one which will probably teach the couples of this generation to love and respect each other’s traditions and cultures.
Alia and Arjun are said to be the alleged couple in real-life, and their wild chemistry is clearly seen in the movie. They look extremely cute and fresh together.
Arjun surprises in a big way. The actor has been playing some aggressive roles earlier, but this one is surely a feather on his hat. The actor is calm, composed and patient in his mature act in the flick.
Alia, on the other hand, is brilliant. She carries the role of a simple yet outspoken South Indian girl with ease and its her expressions that speak more than her words.
The rest of the supporting cast including Amrita Singh is brilliant as a chirpy mother. Ronit Roy is in his usual best as a controlling father. Shiv Kumar Subramaniam and Revathy bring out an outstanding father-mother performance.
2 States is neither a Ram-Leela nor a Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam, which are high on creativity. 2 States does not focus on the creative factor at all. It is a story that has been earlier covered in movies like Ek Duje Ke Liye and so has nothing much new to offer.
Also the story is so simple that not even a single scene stays with you after the film. Neither an emotional scene is not so emotional that it can make you cry, nor a comedy scene is so funny that it makes you laugh your lungs out.
The movie is Chetan Bhagat’s book ’2 States’ adaptation and director Abhishek Varman has efficiently portrayed the thinking, the mind set and the cultural differences between two geographical different families in a perfect way.
Right from the cliched college romance and the love songs to the traditional dance and family functions, Abhishek has shown everything in the most apt way possible.
The movie is the prefect example of a very common problem that emerges between families of different cultures and backgrounds when their children decide to get married.
The slapstick humour in the movie is quite entertaining. While the first half of the movie is filled with it, the second half gets a little tedious with the same old family drama.
The songs of the film are amazing and are placed well in the plot. Especially Locha-e-ulfat and Uffo stay with you even after the film gets over.
On a whole, 2 States is one of the most sensible films of recent time. Stunning performances by Alia and Arjun and edgy narration make this film more than a one time watch indeed.