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Movie review: 2 States

The movie, 2 States, stars Arjun Kapoor (of 'Ishqzaade' and 'Gunday' fame) and Alia Bhatt (of recent hit 'Highway' fame). The two star kids (Boney Kapoor and Mahesh Bhatt progeny, respectively) starrer is produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala. The movie, released on April 18th, is directed by Abhishek Varman and is based on the 2009 bestseller novel by Chetan Bhagat by the same name.

We'll begin by saying that the movie is a must see family entertainer with a lot going for it-

#1. The cast!

The cast is perfect. Of late, Hindi movies have impressed with respect to casting and this one doesn't fail either. Arjun Kapoor looks tall and a handsome stud with a nice smile and an IIT geek with awkwardness- all at the same time. Most importantly, he looks fresh. And Alia Bhat is right there matching his fresh look with her youth and spunk. Looking at the duo, you can see why the likes of Abhishek and Kareena Kapoor have to start taking a back seat after over a decade in the film industry. Bollywood gets this constant influx of fresh talent, that reduces the movie life span of those that are not Amitabh Bachchan, whose staying power has surpassed that of any other actor with movies like 'Paa', 'Bhootnath' series, etc. being churned with him at the center. We can see Arjun bagging Abhishek's and Akhshay's roles, Varun Dhawan/ Siddharth Malhotra replacing Shahid Kapoor and likes, Alia Bhat taking over what would otherwise fall in Kareena Kapoor's plate.

We were talking about the cast. Apart from the leads, others in the movie have done their part to perfection- we'll certainly talk lot more about that since they're worth talking about over and over.

#2. The Love Story!

The love story is rather bold with respect to the level of the relationship shown, but convincing and realistic. The story, though a fiction, is said to be inspired by Chetan Bhagat's very own story of how he met his wife (Anusha) and their subsequent marriage. North and South fall in love has been done before ('Ek Duje Ke Liye', 'Chennai Express') but this one has been presented in a very novel manner.

#3. The Parents!

Chetan Bhagat's synopsis of his book rightly sketches the boy-weds-girl story in India as having a few more steps, as in-

Boy loves Girl. Girl loves Boy.

Girl’s family has to love boy. Boy’s family has to love girl.

Girl’s Family has to love Boy’s Family. Boy’s family has to love girl’s family.

Girl and Boy still love each other. They get married.


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2 States

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Amrita Singh (Saif Ali Khan's ex-wife) and Ronit Roy are perfect as the Punjabi parents of the boy and Revathy and Shivkumar Subramaniam are terrific as the Tamil parents of the girl. 

The movie totally nails the depiction of the family angle in an Indian wedding. The illustration is real and humorous. The rude and indifferent girl's parents and the hurtful and insulting boy's parents click well with the audience, drawing laughter and understanding, and at some level even a sense of relating with the bride and the groom to be.

#4. The Find- Amrita Singh!

We talked of the cast being perfect, the roles of parents portrayed to perfection, and now let's specifically talk about Amrita Singh. The leading lady from the 1980s has played the part of the emotionally-blackmailing-foot-in-mouth-hurtful mother of the boy with such ease and skill that we declare the now 56 actress to be the find of the movie! You'll be shocked by her malicious statement, you'll wonder at her audacity, but love her you will.

Needless to say, go watch the movie, if you haven't already. We hear that the movie is already being called the biggest hit of the year so far, getting 4 and 4 1/2 stars in it's reviews in India's leading dailies. How many stars would we give you ask? Well, we stay away from giving stars, but honestly there's nothing it loses marks for. The movie is slow, but manages to be gripping from start to finish. The songs are beautiful too. So hey, it scores big on all counts.

About Chetan Bhagat-

Chetan Bhagat is the author of blockbuster novels – Five Point Someone (2004, inspired the movie '3 Idiots'), One Night @ the Call Center (2005, inspired the movie 'Hello'), The 3 Mistakes Of My Life (2008, inspired the movie 'Kai Po Che') & 2 States (2009). All four books have remained bestsellers since their release. His latest novels are Revolution 2020, a love story from the heartland of India and What Young India wants.


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