2 States (HINDI)


Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Revathi and many more
Editing : Namrata Rao
Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography : Binod Pradhan
Written by : Chetan Bhagat
Directed by: Abhishek Varman

The film is entirely based on a popular novel and the writer also involved in its making keeps us glued on the film, that too after his previous films which were made into feature films were runaway hit (3 Idiots, Kai Po Che). Even the lead pair selection was also interesting. So what does this surprise package offer us.? Lets see.

Krish Malhotra (Arjun) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia) meet on the IIM A campus and slowly develop their love in the form of joint study and some sharing of food. Ananya’s parents are conservative, strait-laced and simple. Krish is saddled with a loving but melodramatic mother who insists on calling Ananya’s family ‘Madrasis’ and an alcoholic father with serious anger-management issues. How each other resolve this and finally get married forms the rest.

The movie has some superb performances and hillarious punch lines and surely has a lot of freshness in the seemingly not so fresh story. The film does have some moments of inspiration, like when the hero, armed with four rings, proposes collectively to the girl’s family over lunch. But these are too few and far between to add up to much in the final analysis.

Arjun was superb with his effortless performance while Alia’s expressions are enough to make your eyes stuck to the screen. The on-screen chemistry between Alia and Arjun surely did wonders for the film. Amrita Singh plays the typical Punjabi mother perfectly and the clash of cultures makes for a highly amusing watch. Revathy is indeed a nice choice for the Tamilian mother character. Ronit Roy makes you remember Anil Kapoor towards the end.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s songs plays the perfect supporting role to the film and they are quiet enjoyable. Camera work picks the best of North and South of our country. The movie directed by Abhishek Varman has few poetic touches to the screenplay as the story is already very familiar for many. The mission to make both the families to accept each other and the father son episodes make the film to feel good. If you are in a mood for a Bollywood family comedy drama with measured senti elements and the right amount of music, please go for it… 🙂


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