So you like Chetan Bhagat's semi-autobiographical 2 States and were waiting to watch how it translates on screen? Or you simply love Alia Bhatt-Arjun Kapoor and want to see their chemistry on-screen? However, are these two reasons good enough to take you to the theatre to watch this Abhishek Varman's directorial debut?
First, there is nothing new that the film brings to the story. Yes, Chetan Bhagat is happy about how wonderfully Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor have brought his love life to the silver screen. But that's about it. If you loved Chetan Bhagat's novel, go read it again and skip the film. That will save you some money and will be far more satisfying.
When a director like Vishal Bhardwaj adapts a book (Macbeth-Maqbool, Othello-Omkara), he brings a certain novelty to the story and gives it his own creative touch while sticking to the original storyline.
Alas, Abhishek Varman fails there. Even the punches are not new – you have read all of them in the novel.
We know the story, no spoilers here. Punjabi boy Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) meets Tamilian girl Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) and they fall in love. They then fight all odds to make the two families with different cultures and lifestyles come together for their happy marriage.
Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor share a decent chemistry but that fails to keep the audience interested. Both the set of parents - Revathi-Shivkumar Subramanium and Ronit Roy-Amrita Singh - are talents wasted. Though, Amrita Singh seems a bit out-of-place at times.
Arjun impresses with his acting prowess when he tries to get the approval and affection of Ananya's parents.
Ronit certainly stands apart. Every time he enters the frame, he brings certain gravity to the screen. He perfectly portrays the strict and erring-yet-loving dad - making each emotion believable.
There are nonetheless, a few things that hold your interest in the film. To begin with, 2 States is picturesque. With flowers from Tamilian culture and vibrancy of the Punjabi culture, you will definitely have a colour riot. Also, 2 States ensures that it is never over the top.
Alia's pretty face, in saris and suits, is sure to grab attention. Ronit Roy's presence adds to the emotional connect in the movie.
However, that’s too little, too late. This is a film you can definitely skip.
Now, watch the movie review: Give '2 States' a miss!