149 Min. | Comedy – Drama – Romance | April 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Abhishek Varman
Staring: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh
2 States Review: We all are quite familiar with movies which are based on novels, real- life stories, autobiographies etc. but few films exist which strikes the right chord. Many movies like 3 Idiots (2009), Kai Po Che (2013) have been adapted from novels of one masterpiece, Chetan Bhagat. He is the main reason behind the success of these movies and many others and again for the latest release of his novel “2 States” adaptation in Bollywood. 2 States is so wonderful and doesn’t require any action scenes, over-the-top dialogues, old-typical themes etc. but the makers have given a remarkable effort with some minor changes as compared to the book. The story is beautifully crafted. 2 people of different culture, different states fall in love with each other. But whether they know the consequences they would face when they would face the discomfort and the pressures when people talk of inter-caste liaison, the unyielding love and the resolve to win the parents’ trust, each and every aspect with the emotions included.
In 2 States, Arjun Kapoor as Krish Malhotra is delightful. After films like Ishaqzaade (2012) and Gunday (2014) where he has a goofy character, he truly succeeds in playing a sweet, simple kind of a guy who gives importance to his relationships. He charms and gives a meticulous performance. One of his finest performance till date. Alia Bhatt as Ananya Subramanium is first-rate. She is beautiful yet witty and gives a delightful performance as a Tamil-Brahmin girl. Her chemistry with Arjun is electrifying. We can say that Alia has now became an evolved actress and she knows when to capture emotions at the right time. Amrita Singh as Krish’s Mother is a revelation. She truly is fantastic as the typical Punjabi mother-in-law who justifies her role. She steals the show in most of the scenes. Ronit Roy as Krish’s Father is extraordinary. He develops an antagonistic relationship with his son but he is remarkable. Watch out for the twist that he would get in the 2nd half.
Shiv Subramanium and Revathy as Ananya’s Father and Mother gives decent performances. They are quite efficient. Director Abhishek Varman should deserve the Best Debut Director in next year’s film awards. He truly strikes the right chord. He gives an remarkable effort but capturing sweet melodramatic scenes and wonderful emotions which come during the course of 2 States. Both he and Karan Johar (Producer) have wonderfully executed a delightful film. The music of 2 States is exceedingly well. The songs truly move you and will put a smile in your face. Songs like “Locha-e-Ulfat” and “Offo” are best numbers which will make you groove along with it. “Mann Mast Magan” is a wonderful and top-notch song that steals your heart. On the whole, 2 States is one of those rare hindi films which have came in a long time and had explored us the diverse cultures, melodramatic scenes, problems of inter-caste marriages but one thing knocks all of it, “Love”. It really empowers on all of the dizzy situations. Strongly recommended to people of all age-groups and also to those who fantasize about diverse people.