2 States is the happy and timely marriage of Chetan Bhagat’s famed bestseller and Karan Johar’s cinematographic extravaganza. Well, the end result was pretty good indeed. Although, the Dharma Productions glitz and glamour took away from some of the realism of the story, prevalent in the movie adaptations of Bhagat’s other stories (3 Idiots and Kai Po Che), this movie managed to touch our hearts somewhere deep down.
The movie starts with Krishh Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) falling in love. Strongly believing that love is more than enough for two to get into a nuptial bond, they make their parents meet on their convocation. All hell breaks loose and thus starts their journey. While Krishh’s parents (Amrita Singh and Ronit Roy) are bent upon getting him married to a “Gori Punjaban Kudi“, Ananya’s parents (Shiv Kumar Subramanyam and Revathy) are already looking for a “Educated Tamilian Brahmin” match for her. Krishh tries every possible thing to woo Annanya’s parents and vice-versa. There are times of extreme frustration when Krishh is literally having thoughts of eloping with his love. Despite all the odds they manage to hold strong. This movie shows their incredible journey from love to marriage taking into account their society and the sentiments of their parents. When Ananya says, “Main chaahti hoon mere shaadi mein mere Maa-Baap mujhshe khush ho” (I want my parents to be happier than me on my wedding), she means it whole heartedly. One of my favorite lines from the movie would be, “Pyaar batta nahin hain. Sabko apne hisse ka poora poora milta hai” (“Love is never divided. Everyone gets their own undivided share of love”). And the look on Krissh and Ananya as she walked down in her wedding avatar is beyond words.
The movie is a satire on the quintessential Indian society’s take on inter-community marriage and dowry. But watching the movie we all can feel we have been a victim of this society. This is a story we can all relate to. The movie narrates a story of love, so unconditional that no caste, creed or community can come in it’s way. It will give you moments where your eyes would want to well up but a smile on your lips will instantly lighten up your heart.
Though there are moments when the family feud may seem stretched out at times, the whole picture will leave you with a good feeling in the end. Alia’s acting was pretty good which does not come as a surprise after Highway. Arjun Kapoor looked super adorable in his geeky glasses and their chemistry was drool-worthy. The ending may seem a bit abrupt. But this movie is definitely worth a watch with your family or with that someone special.