2 States

Star Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Revathy, Ronit Roy, Shiv Subrahmanyam, Achint Kaur

Director: Abhishek Varman

A pretty Tamil Brahmin girl and a strong Punjabi boy — a match made in heaven! According to ‘2 States’, it is. The film sets out to be a solid, emotionally satisfying romantic comedy, and goes well for a while but then becomes too-stretched-out with the two pairs of parents.

Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) meet at IIM A and fall in love. It takes sometimes for them to decide on marriage — where the film is light and bubbly, with both Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt rubbing off each other. They manage to generate those feelings while tumbling in and out of bed and classes to the graduating day celebrations.

The engaging first half goes downhill, post-interval, into a dreary drama making one impatient for the inevitable resolution.

It’s the meeting of the parents section of the story that becomes too much — it is beyond anybody’s guess why parents in this day and age are so violently opposed to the union of ‘chicken’ and ‘sambhar’.

The girl’s mom (Revathy) and her dad (Shiv Subramaniam) are a conservative but well-adjusted couple from Chennai. The boy’s family from Delhi — dad Mr Malhotra (Ronit Roy) drinks and is hateful and mom Mrs Malhotra (Amrita Singh) feels that Ananya has cast a spell on their ‘fair’ and ‘innocent boy’. But the truth is Ananya is in fact fair, innocent and also has a good job.

The Krish loves his mom but does not see eye to eye with his abusive father. While Krish’s mom is submissive and passive-aggressive, like good old moms of boys who think their boy is being stolen away with tricks.

Only this story does not seem to match the present day scenario.

The story travels from Ahmedabad to Delhi to Chennai and then back to Delhi and finally again to Chennai since the lovebirds have a hard time getting their families to accept the relationship.

In the middle of the travelling the to and fro the story gets dreary.  The trouble is that that the wedding is kept impending too long to last interests.

The movie makes no extra demands on Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt and the characters they essay are charming enough, if not truly convincing.

The veterans in the cast – Revathy, Shiv Subramaniam, Amrita Singh and Ronit Roy – bring effortless competence, but they are stuck with characters that have no scope for development.
2 states