2 States: My Review


Director: Abhishek verman

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia bhat, Amrita Singh, Ronit roy, Revathi

RunTime: 150 minutes

 

Adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s novel with the same name and directed by First-timer Abhishek Verman , 2 States manages to keep you entertained for the whole time, even with numerous small glitches in the story adaptation on the big screen. But if you are willing to kick away the stereotyping and a little out of place logic, then it sure is refreshingly entertaining. The masaledar love story with peppy songs for company, amazing cinematography and the chemistry between the lead pair of Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt makes it worth the watch.

movie star cast

The idea of the story revolves around the typical Indian setting on how two youngsters who fall in love and then try to convince their parents for their marriage. The problem is, our boy is Punjabi while the girl is Tamilian. This “convincing-the-parents” part goes through a whole lot of cultural differences melodrama, which is fun to watch.

The lead pair has a good chemistry brewing between them. Although Arjun is the one who narrates the story and is kind of his-version, Alia sure steals the show. Not just for the ease with which she manages to change in each of the frames but how effortlessly she makes herself look convincing as a Tamilian without any fuss. Arjun isn’t bad either, but Alia scores over him.

Alia and arjun in 2 states

The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy suits the refreshing young feel of the movie and even the background score makes many of the scenes click. Cinematography makes the whole movie a notch higher, especially the way the weddings have been shot. Casting has been done beautifully. While Amrita Rao (Arjun’s mother) becomes the typical Punjabi maa throwing about tantrums and emotional blackmailing then and now, Ronit Roy (Arjun’s Dad) brings in the drunk-dad having a tiff with his son back on screen after his much memorable performance in Udaan. Alia’s parents (Mom played by Revathi and Dad played by Shiv Kumar Subramaniam) have little to do in the movie comparatively but they do justice to whatever they had to do.

The biggest problem with the movie might be to bring in everything from the book. It is good if a reader watches it, who might understand most of the details, but for a non-reader certain scenes might never make sense. Same happens with 2 states, like the absence of a big conflict which might break their relationship or why his mother is so obnoxiously loud or his dad’s back-story seemed to have been squeezed in.

Nevertheless, if you just through all these above thoughts out, you would surely end up enjoying the 150-odd minutes of the movie, filled with some good laughs (stereotypical maybe) and if you get the connection right, you’ll love it too.

I’m going with a 3/5 for 2 states. Maybe it’s more fun to watch, if you’ve read the book.

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4 thoughts on “2 States: My Review

  1. I believe I liked this film one point better than you did. Now I live in the US, and I am not of Indian ancestry. I do not speak Hindi.Nor have I read Chetan Bhagat’s novel.

    So It is quite likely that I would not have known all of the nuances of Arjun’s Mom calling The Chennai based parents ‘Madrasis’. I read elsewhere that this was an ethnic slur.

    But disparaging is as much visual as well as verbal. So anyone not familiar with the inter-regional ‘friction’ would not have grasped the meaning of that slur. But anyone, in any country in the world would not have needed a dictionary to understand the parental feelings.

    I simply enjoyed the film for the look of the actors, the super cinematography, and the great music. The story was not new as I pointed out in my own review.

    http://jmmnewaov2.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/2-states/

    But in a romance/comedy/drama, the usual fact is that the story is not new. Keep upthe fine work.

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    • Thanks a lot for the read.

      I agree about the cinematography, acting and music, these were the elements that brought out the fresh feel and look to the story. Of course, there’s not much one can do about love stories, most of them have the same setting.

      Read your review too, captured the movie perfectly and from an outside perspective. Great and fresh read and the pictures make it more appealing.

      Cheers!! :)

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