2 States is based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat (which I read years ago) and tell the love story between Krish and Ananya who face turbulence from their family when they want to get married. The movie opens with Krish talking to a psychiatrist after having suicidal thoughts. The scenes then move back and forth from the past to the present, overlapping to fill you in about what went wrong with Krish and Ananya’s star-crossed romance. The synopsis of 2 States may sound ridiculous to those who are not… well, Indian. The cultural difference is the main focus here and although it sounds foreign to many of us, it was explored rather nicely. Frankly, I was against watching this since I have read the novel and thought it will be a waste of time.
Saying that, however, I think Abhishek Varman’s version is actually better with only few minor hiccups along the way. The movie’s version is romantic, animated, funny and heartbreaking at the same time; it will definitely glue you to your seat is what I am saying. The two leads (Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt) delivered adequate performance as our “lovebirds in distress”, making it clear that Bollywood should cast younger, vaguely familiar actors more often than their wiped out 90s male stars.
The irony behind “You can’t get married because he/she is not part of your culture even though both of you are Indian” is cleverly packed in 2 States, proving once more that movies are the right medium to jab on any social stigma and silly prejudices. Hooray!