Adapted Screenplay & Direction by: Abhishek Varman
Produced by: Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala
Written by: Chetan Bhagat
Based on 2 States by: Chetan Bhagat
Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ronit Roy, Amrita Singh, Revathy
Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Binod Pradhan
Editing by: Namrata Rao
Studio: Dharma Productions and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Distributed by: UTV Motion Pictures

Dramatic rom-com at its best, Chetan Bhagat and Abhishek Varman take a bow!

There are a lot of people who dislike Chetan Bhagat and they usually criticise all his novels, but I personally wonder why?
Writing is about extravagant words and vocabulary? Is it about creating a different world, with a lot of suspense, etc etc? That’s it?
Writing is about feelings, it’s about emotions. This man writes and pours his heart out, so that people can actually read what he has written. He writes in that way because it’s easier for the majority to understand. What’s wrong in that?
But anyway, we humans are designed to be judgemental, so I guess that’s ought to happen.

When I read the novel last year, I completed it in a day and didn’t do anything till the time I finished it, that was the impact of 2 States: The Novel.
It had humour, it had emotions, it was real, it was relatable and I can go on and on. All the emotions present in a human being, Bhagat had captured it with finesse.

Coming back to the film, when you have Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala collaborating for a film, it’s meant to be special.
According to me Abhishek Varman’s (the debutant director who has also adapted the screenplay) vision was bang on. It couldn’t have been better, everything went exactly right. From the producers, to the studios, to the distributors, to the cast, music and what not!
Talking about the story, I’ve already mentioned how I fell in love with Bhagat’s baby (2 states) and how it moved me, right till the end. Talking about the screenplay, Varman has adapted it ‘perfectly.’
Right from the beginning, till the end. It is engaging and keeps the story flowing with a lot of humorous moments (thanks to the North- South encounter), as well as romance (real romance, where the girl takes time to say I love you, and the boy also thinks about it, so that he’s sure about what he feels) and the beautifully captured relationships.
I guess two or three times (maximum), I felt that it was being stretched. It could have been crisper, the blame goes to the editor.
But Varman deserves a thumbs up, after Ayan Mukherji, I guess Dharma has finally created another gem.

The music is bang on and it’s the soul of the film. All the songs are brilliantly written and composed. Be it Locha-E-Ulfat, Offo, Chaandaniya, Iski Uski, Hulla Re and the blissful Mast Magan, all the songs take the story forward and they never seem forceful.
The cinematography is also magnificent , the way Binod Pradhan has captured the beautiful states, it makes you go speechless.

From Arjun as Krish Malhotra, the silent-intelligent grumpy punjabi munda to Alia as Ananya Swaminathan, the intelligent-frank and beautiful tamilian , the protagonists are perfectly casted and they seriously get into the skin of their respective characters.
They are Krish and Ananya, and undoubtedly, they have a beautiful chemistry. I was stunned to see Arjun perform with so much of conviction, Krish’s character might look ordinary but it’s very complex, and it’s very different from Parma and Bala. (The ones he played in the past)
Alia Bhatt is a star, we’ve seen her in Highway and this young woman just manages to mesmerise me, every single time.
She nails every bit of her character. Her cues, her emotional outburst, her romantic side and her anger, Alia is Ananya!
Talking about the rest, all of them are supremely talented and are legends in their own way.
Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as Ananya’s father is perfect for the role, as the way Bhagat had described him in the novel, Kumar’s face just suited the part. Revathy is pleasantly breezy and she is a delight to watch.
BUT, BUT, BUT! It is the pujabis who steal the show.
Amrita Singh as Kavita and Ronit Roy as Vikram, when I first got to know that they are playing these parts, I went insane because they were PERFECT for the role and my god, was I right? Yes, I was!
Amrita Singh is the charmer! She makes you laugh, she makes you cringe, she makes you cry and honestly, she does everything.
Missed her on screen, we need to see more of her!
Ronit Roy has been stereotyped I guess, that’s why he usually ends up doing such roles, but he still manages to create a spark, every single time.
The scene where Krish slaps his father, the scene where he tells Krish that he can’t attend his marriage and the climax, Ronit Roy is just SO TALENTED, he is divine!
The father-son relationship, even though it is opaque, it has a lot of love and I guess, that’s the way it is? Fathers are always cold towards their sons, and that’s why we end up talking to them rudely at times, I guess? But the love is never-ending, it made me wanna go and hug my father, right away.

All in all, 2 States is one of the best rom-coms I’ve seen lately and it deserves to be watched, specially for Chetan Bhagat’s beautiful take on emotions, cultures, relationships and love!
The last scene would make you go ‘Aww,’ the twins. :’)

P.S: People who are emotionless, people who love art films, people who hate Chetan Bhagat and people who trust most of our reviewers (except me 😛 ), don’t go for the film, because this beautiful film deserves love and not criticism!

Public Review: Proof that I’m right!


4 stars






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