Release Date : Apr 18,2014
2 States (aka) 2 States review
Review by : Kaushik L M
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Production: Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiawala
Cast: Alia Bhatt , Amrita Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Revathy
Direction: Abhishek Varman
Screenplay: Abhishek Varman
Story: Chetan Bhagat
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Background score: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Akash Patil, Binod Pradhan
Dialogues: Abhishek Varman
Editing: Namrata Rao
Singers: Aditi Singh Sharma, Akriti Kakkar, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Arijit Singh, Benny Dayal, Chinmayi Sripada, K.Mohan , Shahid Mallya, Shankar Mahadevan, Siddarth Mahadevan, Yashita Sharma
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

After the memorable 3 Idiots and Kai Po Che, yet another Chetan Bhagat book has been adapted to the screen, with 2 States. The story is widely known thanks to the popularity of the book and it is about the love between a Tamil girl and Punjabi boy and how both of them have to convince their respective families and overcome the numerous culture clashes, before their dream wedding.

The film works big time thanks primarily to the cast which has been perfectly handpicked. After Highway, it is another meaty role for the gorgeous and ravishing Alia Bhatt and she scores a flawless century. She is a delight to watch on screen. Arjun Kapoor surprises with his turn as a nerdy young man who is sweet and simple, after his earlier avatars as a goon. Arjun comes across as a proficient actor and the romantic chemistry between the lead actors scorches the screens particularly during their intimate scenes in the college hostel. Both of them are very good in the emotional scenes too.

Ronit Roy, in an extension of his role in Udaan, is brilliant again as Arjun’s father who tries hard to turn over a new leaf after years of being indifferent and cruel towards his family. Amrita Singh as the typically loud and brash Punjabi mom is another solid character in the movie and she results in a lot of humor and drama with her role.

Revathi’s casting is a masterstroke and she is perfect as Alia’s mom thanks to their similar skin tones and looks. Alia gets a few lines to speak in Tamil and she could have worked on them better. Shiv Kumar Subramaniam and Sharang Natarajan are further examples of good casting, in Alia’s household as the father and younger brother respectively.

There are a couple of really endearing scenes in the first half when Arjun first proposes marriage to Alia, and then later proposes marriage to her entire family with golden rings for each of them. Both these scenes will stay in mind. Kudos to Chetan for his imaginative writing.

The second half takes its time to unfold when we have some sentimental drama and emotional scenes which bring down the pace, but the climax wedding near the coast is fairytale-ish and has been filmed very well.

With such a solid performance from the cast, Chetan Bhagat’s proven writing and Abhishek Varman’s adept handling of the source material, 2 States is further bolstered by its glossy visuals and Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music. Among the songs, Locha E Ulfat is the best of the lot and Tamil lines have also been used appropriately in few of the songs. We get to see a lot of Chennai and the beautiful coast in the movie, along with Delhi, Mumbai and the IIM Ahmedabad campus. 

Importantly, the culture stereotypes and mocking, which Bollywood loves so much are enjoyable and have been done in good spirit. Both the Punjabis and ‘Madrasis’ haven’t been spared and there are equal number of pokes and digs at both the groups.

On the whole, 2 States is an appealing fare for the entire family. There is something in it for everyone and expect it to storm the box office in the weeks to come.

Verdict: It’s wholesome and caters to everyone – 2 Thumbs Up !
( 3.0 / 5.0 )


2 States (aka) 2 States

2 States (aka) 2 States is a Hindi movie with production by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiawala, direction by Abhishek Varman, cinematography by Akash Patil, Binod Pradhan, editing by Namrata Rao. The cast of 2 States (aka) 2 States includes Alia Bhatt , Amrita Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Revathy.