That 2 States is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s best-seller ‘2 States- The Story of My Marriage’ is common knowledge. When Chetan was about to write the book in 2009, which was loosely based on his romance and inter-caste marriage, his wife felt that the concept was not relevant anymore. But Chetan still felt that caste and religion are still a major barrier in marriage, even in ‘liberal India’. His thought was not misplaced, as the book turned out to be a best-seller. What is more, the book had all the makings of a Bollywood blockbuster, just like his other books. It was a matter
In many societies in India, parents are still averse to having their children married off to someone from another caste or religion. Making an assumption that the person from the other caste is to be avoided like a parasite is still a norm, in many sections of the society. In Bollywood, we have touched upon inter-caste challenges playing spoilsport in many a romance, right from Ek Duje Ke Liye to Raanjhanaa.
2 States however, has an optimist take on love, going the Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge way, emphasizing on love above all odds, caste included.
Story of 2 States
Punjabi born Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) falls in love with Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) at IIM. They cannot live with each other and decide to upgrade their relationship to marriage. But matters of the heart are pitted against matters of the caste. Krish and Anaya have a herculean task to instill sense in their parents who have a foregone conclusion that their kids should have nothing to do with people of the other caste, marriage being out of question. How, Krish and Ananya finally convince their parents to understand that they are right ones for each other, forms the essence of the film.
What works for 2 States
Debutant director Abhishek Varman (who assisted in My Name is Khan and Jodhaa Akbar) had done plenty of justice to the book in his film. Unlike other Chetan Bhagat books, there were few tweaks,this one stays true to the content. The flow of the film is beautiful, the dialogues by Hussain Dalal are infectious and both halves of the film are equally entertaining. The climax of the film is impactful, enough to make many reach for their handkerchiefs. The best thing about the film is that the director has reflected on the hilarity in the diversity of the states in the north and south, without berating either of them.
Performances in the film
Arjun Kapoor has emerged as the most consistent of the current actors, going the HTC way ‘Quietly Brilliant’. The actor had said that his late mother had loved the book a lot and little did both know that the movie would fall in his lap. We can sense a strong emotional reason in Arjun to do the film, he plays the character of Krish to the T.
Alia Bhatt, who is getting better with every film, looks beautiful and acts with an undeniable charm. She makes for a really stunning Tam-Brahm.
As much as the lead pair does well, they are bettered by a more experienced supporting cast, comprising Rohit Roy, Amrita Singh, Revathi and Shiv Subramanayam. Shiv Subramanayam as Alia’s father, is remarkable in the role that he slips comfortably in. Revathi is always a delight to watch, she comes across as a very convincing in her role as Alia’s mother.
Amrita Singh steals the show many times in the film with her take-on the Punjabi mother. Ronit Roy as Arjun’s father, gets a complex role to play, and he is clearly in the driver’s seat in the climax scene. Achint Kaur sparkles in a brief role.
2 States is identifiable for many. If a movie scores high on being relatable, it is a blockbuster. 2 States is a blockbuster.
Rating – 4/5 (Very Good)