Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ronit Roy, Amrita Singh, Revathy, Shiv Kumar Subramaniam
Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala
When modern day films are still based around marriage and the approval of parents surrounding issues like inter-caste marriage, we wonder if we will find the story relevant, if at all. But 2 States, the book, was loved by all. Why wouldn’t the film be just as successful as Chetan Bhagat’s novel?
2 States, directed by Abhishek Varman, stars Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor is the title roles. Alia Bhatt plays the role of Ananya, the South Indian girl, and Arjun Kapoor plays the role of Krish, the Punjabi boy. They meet in college, fall in love, engage in romance, and realize they are serious about each other. Now comes the difficult part – convincing the parents. The initial meeting is not what either of them expected. From then on in, both Krish and Ananya struggle through the entire process of going from proposal to the actual wedding.
The novel is reflected quite well in the film. What is refreshing is the same old vision of an inter-caste marriage but told with a new kind of finesse. Director Abhishek Varman brings to light the stress, laughs, and tensions very easily on screen and the raw emotions in each scene are very well depicted. What is very important in this film is the showcasing of two families, who may be right in their minds, but are subtly shown to be wrong. The parents are not demonized – they are simply being parents who want the best for their children. That is what is truly remarkable in this film.
The film also never becomes preachy. There is no sermon that we are a primitive society that does not allow for inter-caste marriages. But the message is there – if the person your son or daughter wants to marry is a good person, what does culture, tradition, and background matter?
What I love about the film also is the sense of humour that is present in many of the pivotal scenes, especially those involving Krish’s mother, played by Amrita Singh. The interactions between the two families are note-worthy. The entire film is shot well and is a visual treat. The music, although not par excellence, is good when viewed through the film. I would not be surprised if the music increased in popularity after the audience has viewed the film.
Now, the star cast. Arjun Kapoor delivers an almost flawless performance. He is first rate and really brings home the fact that he is not just an angry young man (as depicted through the roles he portrayed in his first three films). Alia Bhatt delivers and how. Her strong yet traditional character floors me completely. She played quite the complex character. Amrita Singh deserves a standing ovation for some of her more humourous scenes but also some of her complex scenes with Ronit Roy. Ronit Roy is likeable in a very strange way. Revathy and Shiv hit dead centre on the target in their roles as Ananya’s parents. Achint Kaur is quite effective.
Overall, a huge, huge must-watch.