‘2 States’ is a typical Bollywood romantic movie based on the novel of the same name by Chetan Bhagat. Those who have read the book will know the basic storyline already. It is a love story of two people from two different states and cultural background, speaking about the various situations they come across, trying to convince each other’s families to accept the relationship. Although the story of this film is based on a book, there are a few changes; some scenes full of melodrama and the typical Indian rona-dhona with just a few twists that make it slightly different.
The storyline is as follows- Arjun Kapoor (Krish Malhotra) and Alia Bhatt (Ananya Swaminathan) meet in the campus of IIM Ahmedabad and become great friends. Soon, friendship turns to something special and love blossoms. Two years go by, and the time for graduation and placements arrives. It is at the convocation that their families meet each other for the first time, but things do not go smoothly. Both have to work hard to impress each other’s parents and that stress only adds to the complications in their relationship. To know how things unfold, you have to watch the movie!
Rarely do movie adaptations of a novel turn out to be as good as the book. ‘2 States’ makes it into the league and like ‘3 Idiots’ (which is also based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat), has some changes made to the main storyline that work Bollywood style! The music of the movie is fantastic and adds a wonderful effect to the scenes. The actors essay their roles to perfection, quite surprisingly. Alia Bhatt looks her part and blends into the role wonderfully, leaving me impressed (although she might have done a better job in ‘Highway’ which I haven’t watched yet *sigh*!). Arjun too is perfect for the role and makes you laugh. He’s that guy who has to convince his mother to accept the woman he loves and always be docile in front of a smart, independent girl whom he wishes to marry. Maa aur biwi ki kheecha taani me phasa hua banda! Aliya’s parents, played by Revathy and Shiv Kumar fit into the role of typical South Indian parents like it’s a piece of cake, while Amrita Singh as Krish’s mom is electric. Her Punjabi pride, love for non-veg, gori skin, the slight melodrama and that fierce attitude makes you laugh while Ronit Roy as the father, loves to speak through just a glance. He is mostly silent but, when he speaks, he’s violent. He comes across as very adamant but, has good intent.
The movie is a typical Bollywood film but with a hatke touch. Yes, it has a lot of melodrama, it has a lot of emotional scenes, it has some confusion that leads to tension, it has its touchy romantic parts and some highly overdone scenes. However, the way it all unfolds is wonderful and you might just end up enjoying it all! If you love the trademark Karan Johar romantic films mixed with some elements of Sooraj Barjatya (sans the huge families), you’ll love this one. And if you hate all that, you should definitely give it a try. Like me, you might come out of the theatre enjoying it and humming the tune of ‘Locha-E-Ulfat’ to creep out the people passing by!
Director: Abhishek Varman
Producers: Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala
Writer: Chetan Bhagat
Based on: 2 States by Chetan Bhagat
Arjun Kapoor as Krish Malhotra
Alia Bhatt as Ananya Swaminathan
Ronit Roy as Vikram Malhotra (Krish’s father)
Amrita Singh as Kavita Malhotra (Krish’s mother)
Revathy as Radha Swaminathan (Ananya’s mother)
Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as Shiv Swaminathan (Ananya’s father)
Music Directors: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Binod Pradhan