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2 States (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 April 2014 (India)
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This movie chronicles how Chetan met his wife and the difficulties they faced due to their cultural differences.

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Abhishek Varman

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Chetan Bhagat (story), Abhishek Varman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Arjun Kapoor ... Krish
Alia Bhatt ... Ananya
Amrita Singh ... Kavita Malhotra - Krish's Mother
Revathy ... Radha Swaminathan- Ananya's Mother
Ronit Roy ... Vikram Malhotra
Shivkumar Subramaniam Shivkumar Subramaniam ... Shiv Swaminathan
Sharang Natarajan Sharang Natarajan ... Manjunath Swaminathan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madhu Anand Chandhock ... Duke's Mom
Hemang Dave Hemang Dave ... Interviewer
Achint Kaur
Dilip Merala ... Mohit Oberoi
Neil Shah Neil Shah ... Ramanuj
Aru Krishansh Verma Aru Krishansh Verma ... Duke
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Storyline

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. Krish, a North Indian Punjabi boy from Delhi, and Ananya, a Tamilian Brahmin from Chennai. They take a conscious decision; they won't get married until their parents agree. Everything goes downhill when the parents meet. There is a cultural clash and the parents oppose the wedding. To convert their love story into a 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 Ananya's love for each other sustain the battles? Will they manage to convince their parents and make it to their wedding? Written by UTV Motion Pictures

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

18 April 2014 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

2 штaта See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,066,054, 20 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,221,675, 16 May 2014
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The film was initially supposed to star Shahrukh Khan in lead role. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, Krish's calls her mother's cellphone. Her father answers the call and the smartphone's screen remains illuminated throughout (the display should switch off as the phone is brought to his face). See more »

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References Dostana (2008) See more »

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Chaandaniya
Performed by K. Mohan, Yashita Sharma
Music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy / Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
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The Politics & Apolitics Of Marriage. ♦ 88%
18 April 2014 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

The book was splendid. I didn't have much expectations for none of the cast is in my favorites list. However, 20 minutes into the non-linear screenplay, I was dumbstruck at the very charming adaptation.

Starting with a tuneful version of Georges Bizet's wildly famous Carmen Habañera Suite, the titles start with Krish, played perfectly by Arjun Kapoor, speaking to a therapist. The story is told from his point of view till the end. The college life romance is amazingly captured with magnificent photography. Alia Bhatt's Ananya character is perhaps the most important in her career; she's all glimmering throughout. She is hot, lovely & faultless. Only the direction by Abhishek Varman seemed a tad amateurish.

All love happens in the first half and before the climax, you are treated with Chennai's atmosphere. Coupled with mild humor and humongous romance, it is a sure treat for hungry eyes; it has a lesson or two in courtship. Then, the second half highlights the period after love: how the families have to like each other and how the lovebirds cajole them with undivided attention. Now this phase is heavily melodramatic but you won't feel bored because Amrita Singh, Shiv Kumar Subramaniam, Revathi & Ronit Roy are so imbibed with their portrayals, you will definitely fall in love with them. The latter two just up the ante that the film just moves 2-3 notches higher.

Whoever did the costume work deserves long rounds of applause for that is the factor that pushes the wagon to the star. Art department is equally fantastic, mostly the sequences towards the climax and that of weddings/parties/festivals. Good dialogs & brilliant music & score intensifies the experience.

Although, the reality quotient drops 2-3 notches down as the characters only seem to do what would advance the movie. No references are made of their work, let only anyone's work or life other than the specific point it is trying to make. Maybe the writers failed to gather the characters together with their nuances with respect to how they are in real life. But that is not a concern here.

Running for about 150 minutes, it speaks about romance, marriage - its politics & apolitical elements, relationships & the stereotypes of inter- regional marriage. It was a pleasant experience.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are looking for a universal melodrama, coupled with mild humor & romance, 2 States is the staple movie to go for this weekend. 9/10.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? Not really, but you can give it a try. See the irony?


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