Review: 2 States


Based on Chetan Bhagat’s book, 2 States is a story about a romantic journey of a culturally opposite couple – Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt). They meet at the IIM-Ahmedabad College and during the program they fall in love.

Complications arise after the program comes to an end and they decide to get married. Krish and Ananya belong to two different states of India. Krish, a North Indian Punjabi boy from Delhi, and Ananya, a Tamilian Brahmin from Chennai. They take a conscious decision; they won’t get married until their parents agree. Everything goes downhill when the parents meet. There is a cultural clash and the parents oppose the wedding. To convert their love story into a love marriage, the couple faces a tough battle in front of them. For it is easy to fight and rebel, but much harder to convince. Will Krish and Ananya’s love for each other sustain the battles? Will they manage to convince their parents and make it to their wedding?

The story is exactly what you expect. It’s an interesting concept for a comedy but unfortunately it’s all premise and no plot. Alia Bhatt comes across as a total natural even though she was out of her comfort zone and playing a Tamilian for the first time. Arjun Kapoor sleep walked through the scenes and was just not able to hold the film on his shoulders as one would expect from the lead actor of the film. Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy was good and that helped pick up the pace each time the film dragged.

However, it’s Amrita Singh, the feisty Punjabi mother who steals the show. Much like most Indian parents who always manage to find a raw nerve when you are desperately looking for a rational reaction from them. Doting, dominating and demanding, Amrita seems to essay all these parts with commendable ease. Ronit Roy, Revathy and Shiv Subramanyam are all perfect for the characters that they essay.

2 States gives a hilarious, yet realistic portrayal of cultural clashes. Moreover, the movie delivers a nice message, without ever getting too preachy. With its charming performances and wonderful soundtrack, 2 States is a decent movie to watch.