2 States is a Bollywood Romantic Drama film based on the novel of the same name written by Chetan Bhagat starring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt directed by Abhishek Varman co-produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala. It is the story about a couple coming from two different states in India, viz Punjab and Tamil Nadu who face hardships.
Unable to calibrate and expertly mix all the ingredients that make a story of a successful film love, drama, comedy, and even some action scene. All perfectly narrated by actors almost novice, but with their enthralling interpretation seem to be already established Hollywood stars.
Chetan Bhagat has become in recent years the Indian author most read, enjoying great popularity among the thirty particular, slightly less critically acclaimed though. So far, three of his seven novels have been made into films under the title Hello, 3 Idiots, Kai po che! With 2 States, that number increased to four. After exploring the world of call centers, university and friendship, the author deals with a very intimate subject, his own marriage, or rather the steps leading up to his wedding.
Krish, a young Punjabi, is studying for his MBA at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad. There he meets with Ananya, a Tamil student with a strong character. The two young people quickly become friends and decide to work together. Gradually the feelings of young people evolve. Two years later, it is time for them to separate and to find work in their respective regions. Now love has only grown, and now they want to marry. The only downside to this fairy tale, it is necessary that the four parents agree and accept the union.
The main theme of the film is the importance of regional Indian identity so strong that it often obscures the national identity. Before being Indian, we claim being Punjabi, Tamil, Bengali, etc., etc. How to mingle harmoniously two different cultures, two different languages, two different ways of thinking, with all the a priori that accompany these ideas. Therein lies the pitfall to avoid the cliché. You have to be honest here, Indian films are usually not very subtle to talk about cultural differences within their own country.
One could legitimately fear that is so in 2 States and of course Abhishek Varman which this is the first embodiment, spares us nothing. Neither the jokes about different languages as they speak Tamil haha haha, nor the names rholalalaaa Tamil surnames are long and complicated or those on food wild strip in the north, you are not vegetarians, killjoy strip in the south, you are. The pictures however are as much at stake both communities and are not tender or towards one or towards others.
The film clearly rests on the shoulders of its actress. The young Alia Bhatt, daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is very young in the film industry. If in her first film, Student of the year she was content to play on her physical talents, Alia Bhatt apparently has taken to heart her career and the comments of people in the business and improves visibly from film to film. Thus in her 4th film has a presence that lights up the screen, softness in the very pleasant and welcome play a revelation.
Revathi, actress and director (Mitr, my friend, Phir Milenge mother embodies this tradition footprint of Tamil family and Amrita Sigh, first wife of Saif Ali Khan for the moment chronic gossip gives life to the Punjabi mother absolutely unbearable. On the side of these gentlemen, if Arjun Kapoor is not a disaster, he barely breathe enough energy and desire to be Krish, making the final unlovable. Ronit Roy did a decent job with that he has in his hands, that is honestly not much. What a shame to see this character completely botched!
A note on the side of the music that you can listen during the movie without really standing out from the current production, with all filmed as little notable.
The biggest problem of the film comes ellipses and shortcuts nonsensical for the viewer who has not read the book including myself. Many sensitive topics are flown or barely mentioned in the film deeply losing their impact and interest. The whole story with the father of Krish is a particularly messy mess little exciting but quite frustrating. It would apparently open the book to understand this part or an adaptation of a novel must exist in itself, and can never rest on its support to justify a write laziness or clumsiness mounting.
2 States is therefore a film about interesting and promising, unfortunately poorly developed and playing a lot of deja vu. Disappointing.