'2 States' approaching towards 100 crore club

Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer ‘2 States’ received critical praise upon its release. Now it seems that it has also captured the heart of the audiences. In its second week, the film has already grossed almost 70 crores at the domestic box office. Analyst Rajesh Thadani said that despite new releases, ‘2 States’ was “Still leading”.  The holiday on Good Friday also helped the film which released on 18th April.

Three new films came out this week, ‘Revolver Rani’, ‘Kaanchi’ and ‘Samrat & Co’. Out of these three, only ‘Revolver Rani’ has managed to put out some fight at the box office. It seems that the run of ‘2 States will’ continue for now as there are no big releases soon.

Commenting about the current scenario at the box office, Rajesh Thadani from Multimedia Combines stated that, “2 States' is still leading. Among the new releases, 'Revolver Rani' is doing the best. It has minted approximately Rs 3.25 crore in two days. 'Kaanchi' has collected about Rs 1.25 crore and 'Samrat & Co.' must have earned not more than Rs 50 lakh."

The movie ‘2 States’ is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Chetan Bhagat. The film is directed by first time director Abhishek Varman and backed by big name producers - Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar.

The plot is based around Krish and Ananya who are from different races. They meet while studying in college and fall in love. The trouble begins when they decide to get married. Both their families are against the match because of the cultural and lifestyle differences. How they convince their families and get married forms the crux of the story. The critical reaction to the film has been mostly positive. Noted critic and film trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, “On the whole, 2 STATES is one of the finest movies to come out of the Hindi film industry of late… Strongly recommended.” Though some critics were less kind, it did not matter as the audience loved it from the first day.

‘2 States’ has recorded the 3rd highest opening of 2014 so far. The movie’s run was helped by reviews and word of mouth publicity among the audience. The opening was good in multiplexes but little weak in standalone theaters. The reason behind this is perhaps that both lead actors are newcomers and yet to become big stars. But the signs are encouraging for the film’s future run as it is doing quite well across smaller cities.