Based on Chetan Bhagat’s best selling novel, 2 States is a must watch this season. The first half of the movie is full of fun whereas, the second half is a ride of emotions. Alia and Arjun’s on-screen sensuous chemistry is ubercool.
The entire cast did a splendid job especially Amrita Singh, Revathy, Shiv Subramaniam, and Ronit Roy. An exact book adaption made the movie a bit stretched in the second half. The director has done a fabulous job with a half baked script from a book.
Krish (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya (Alia Bhatt) meets in the college cafeteria fighting over sambhar and rasgulla. As a gesture of decency, Krish offers his share of Rasgulla to Ananya which gradually leads to their friendship. Ananya, is a tamilian Brahmin and a fan of non-veg food and beer whereas Krish is a shy Punjabi guy who has some serious issues with his dad. Their casual talks soon turns into a love story which gradually leaves them getting intimate.
Two years later, Ananya starts expecting a serious commitment from Krish. Krish hesitates at first. On the placement day, he realizes the fact that soon they will have to leave their college and live in different cities. This sudden realization makes him propose marriage to Ananya.
One the graduation day, their family meets in an awkward manner and starts hating each other instantly. Ananya gets a job in Chennai and to be with his lady love, Krish too gets himself appointed in Chennai. Now starts the drama of Punjabi vs South Indians, family approvals, heart breaks and finally.. Patchup.
Alia’s ethnic look is superb and her expressions adds to the entertainment. Despite Alia’s incredible performance, Arjun Kapoor is the show stealer.
Comic timings and witty one liners by Ronit Roy and Amrita Singh as Krish’s Punjabi parents are a treat to watch. A pleasant performance by Revathy and Shiv Subramaniam as Ananya’s South Indian parents too was refreshing. Despite a slow paced script, 2 States is saved by a team of talented actors.
A little modification in the original script could have done wonders to the film. The scope of improvement hasn’t been utilised.
2 States’s music is average but the songs are shot beautifully. Specially the first two songs are used to cover parts of story within the song itself.
In a few words, 2 States is worth a watch; credit goes to the team of talented actors.