2 States Movie Review

Rating: 3.5/5

Critic Rating: (3.5/5)

2 States, reflects the changing lifestyles, aspirations and attitudes of young India.

2 States is a story about a romantic journey of a culturally opposite couple- Krish Malhotra and Ananya Swaminathan. They meet at the IIM-Ahmedabad college and during the program they fall in love. Complications arise after the program comes to an end and they decide to get married. Krish and Ananya belong to two different states of India, a North Indian Punjabi boy from Delhi and Ananya, a Tamillian Brahmin from Chennai. They take a conscious decision; they don’t get married until they parents agree. Everything goes downhill when their parents meet. There is a cultural clash and the parents oppose the wedding. To convert their love story into love marriage, the couple faces a tough battle in front of them. For it is easy to fight and rebel, but much harder to convince. Will Krish and Anany’s love for each other sustain the battles? Will they mange to convince their parents and make it to the wedding? (written by UTV Motion Pictures)

Director Abhishek Varman extracted the best performances from all the actors. Director succeeded in capturing the intensity of emotions that lovers go through, in their journey from love to marriage. Director proved his mettle, being able to conceive scenes with same level of sensitivity and handle the scenes depicting the fractured relationships of father and son and the husband and wife of Malhotra family. The story is paced leisurely and delves deep into the emotional states of the characters.

Director adopted the novel perfectly to the screen and made the visual magic work with his screenplay.

Hussain Dalal’s dialogues are also huge asset for the film.

Krish(Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya(Alia Bhatt) rendered commendable performance. Amiritha Singh, Revathy, Ronit Roy, Shivkumar Subramaniam all have played their roles accurately. Kudos to the Director once again for casting them well.

Binod Pradhan’s Cinematography is good, perfectly captured the festive moods with vibrant colours.

Though the campus life is dramatized, love story shot in the actual campus added to the visual beauty. Many scenes are shot at the actual locations that has been a big plus for the film, giving authenticity.

Music by Shankar, Ehsaan , Loy is amazing and huge asset for the film. Parik and Tubby have given the best background scores perfect for the scenes, enhancing the emotional gravity of the scenes multifold and succeeded in creating the native atmosphere of the place where the story in taking place, be it Chennai , Delhi.
Editing by Namratha Rao is excellent.

Flip side of the story is the reliance on the stereotyped cultural representations of the other. As entire story is based on the cultural clash and prejudices, may be there is nothing much can be done to surpass the typical representation of the south and the north. We do not find the content of the story very fresh as we have seen many other films with similar content and story lines.

Still 2 States is a well-made film with all the ingredients for a passionate romantic love story. Will be well received by both North and South audience.

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