Director: Abhishek Varman
Producers: Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Adopted from Chetan Bhagat’s yet another best-selling novel by the same name, ‘2 States’ revolves round the story of two young people in love, intending to get married post completion of their MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. As can be expected, the storyline opens will very little friction in pairing the couple into their relationship and races quickly uphill to the tensed climax by half time. The tension between two families coming from two completely opposite backdrops (two states) is quite intense as is natural and can be imagined, yet special points have to be given for the compelling and convincing portrayal and definitely for the simplicity yet powerful storytelling in this slice of the story. At this point, the audience is sure to feel the suffocation that’s brewing onscreen. However, as is the norm in a comedy drama, the ice breaks and the tension melts down to a happy union of the families and the marriage of the couple.
What’s poignant in the story is the down to earth truth relating to the tension that crops up in cross cultural love marriages. More often than not can a similar picture be witnessed in real life and Chetan Bhagat’s novel, which is supposed to be partly autobiographical, picture-portrays the scenes with all faithfulness. Even in the present Indian society, the issue of love marriage and especially that between cross cultures can get very daunting and this is exactly where the cord strikes its tune with that of the viewers who can easily empathise with and thus approve of the film as a family drama. Each section of the society (based on age and belief) has their own opinion towards the cause and that is another reason for the success of the film.
The casts – Alia Bhatt as Ananya Swaminathan, Arjun Kapoor as Krish Malhotra, Amrita Singh and Ronit Roy as Krish’s parents and Revathy and Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as Ananya’s parents – are very well chosen and contribute effectively through their powerful theatrics, while Alia’s liveliness and Arjun’s calm lover boy image add to the charisma.
Songs like “Offo”, “Locha-E-Ulfat”, “Mast Magan” were great hits even before the release of the film, while all the songs are well written and executed and are made effective by the right choice of time in the script. Humorous one-liners, especially those borrowed from the lively author of the book himself, work wonder as breathers. A 6.9 on IMDb, ‘2 States’ did well on the Box Office and is certainly a repeat watch.