2 States film is based on the famous bestseller written by Chetan Bhagat '2 States: The Story Of My Marriage'. The film is set in the present age where Arjun Kapoor plays a North Indian boy and Alia Bhatt a South Indian girl.
2 States is about the typical boy meets girl story and falling in love with her. How much ever liberal their thinking is and independent they are, they want their parents to approve their love. Both are very much in love with each other but still cannot go against their parents' wishes and get married. What is the reason? Why their parents want the kids to do well in life but still cannot accept a partner out of their community.
The concept is not at all new to Bollywood. Starting from Ek Duuje Ke Liye till recently to Vicky Donor, there have been enough and more films about inter-caste marriages and relationships. Why is it that we are still not broad-minded when it comes to marriage and love?
2 States is directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala. First choice for the film was Shahrukh And Asin Thottumkal and later Ranbir and Saif Ali Khan were approached. Finally, it was Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt who made it. Amrita Singh and Ronit Roy play as Arjun Kapoor's parents while, Revathy and Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as Alia's Parents.
The film attempts to portray the answer for the various questions that crosses the minds of both the lovers and their respective families. The lovers decide to persuade their families instead of rebelling and succeeds in their attempt too. 2 States attempts to convey the audience to break the pre-conceived notions about inter caste marriages.
The story goes like this..
Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) meet in IIM-Ahmedabad and falls in love. They decide to get married but not until their parents agree. Complications arise when they decide to get married especially when both are from different states of India. Krish is a North Indian Punjabi boy from Delhi, while Ananya is a Tamil Brahmin girl from Chennai.
The film goes on with parents oppposing and cultural clashes which keeps the audience entertained. To make their love blossom into a marriage the couple fights harder in their battle. For, it is always easy to rebel than to convince. Will Krish and Ananya's love win their parents hearts as well? Will they end as a happily married couple?
Abhishek Varman has done total justice to Chetan Bhagat's book and delightfully taken it. With the soundtrack incredibly gelling with the film, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have done wonderful work. 2 States is a total entertainer and a sure shot Bollywood box office hit!
Rediff review 3 1/2 stars
Nothing should keep you from watching 2 States.
Times of India Review - 4 stars
For an audience that has been around from the '80s, debutant Abhishek Varman's '2 States' may seem like they are revisiting K Balachander's mega hit 'Ek Duuje Ke Liye' (1981), where the Tamil boy had to cross endless hurdles to patao the Punjabi girl. However, that movie had too much angst and a tragic end. Times of india.
India Today Review - 4 stars
2 States is a tale of journey from love to marriage. 2 States can be a good mirror for parents to understand their children. So take along your parents and enjoy the film.
Deccan Chronicle Review - 3 stars
'2 States': for those expecting to see a love story, this is not one.
India Tv News Review - 3 stars
Watch it, not just once, but twice.