Friday, 18 April 2014

2 States - Movie Review


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The Hindi movie 2 States is about the North-South Chemistry between 2 intelligent IIM Ahmedabad MBA Students- Punjab-da-Puttar- Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) of Delhi & Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt), a lover of non-veg food & Beer though belonging to a strictly-vegetarian Tamilian Brahmin family of Chennai.


It is about the Locha-E-Ulfat (Problem of Love) that happens when Krish & Ananya meet.


Before anyone says Offo, the duo bond together becoming Mast Magan (Crazily involved) at campus and beyond. 



Their love is strong, but has to pass many tests. Marriage is no cakewalk for the lovers… Hero takes up a job in the heroine's city. They make unsuccessful efforts to ensure their family's bonding. They discuss running away. The hero contemplates suicide. The otherwise strong heroine breaks down in tears.

Circumstances make them pine singing- Chandaniya to Barse Phir Kyun Mere Haath Andhere lagtey? (Moonlight rains yet my hands seem dark) They get together & even sing & dance about Iski Uski (belonging to whom!)



2 States is also about the “North Indian” & the “Madrasan” & about the n number of cultural differences, attitudes & clich├ęs. 2 States has many lessons & messages for us

The happy ending is a hard-earned victory as finally there’s celebration between this marriage of two 'broadminded' families. 

Awesome award-worthy performances by all the cast- Krish Malhotra- Arjun, Ananya Swaminathan-Alia, Mrs & Mr Malhotra-Amrita Singh & Ronit Roy, Mrs & Mr. Swaminathan- Revathi & Shiv Subramaniam, and all the supporting cast, including extended family and friends!

The lead actors stand out for their fresh vibes & credible acting. 

Both Arjun & Alia have portrayed a remarkable range of emotions- unique blend of vulnerability, sensuality & strength with a great screen presence, sure to win them accolades & fans.








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 Some Notable Scenes:
1.      Revathi’s music-performance
2.      All scenes that have Amrita Singh
3.      Krish’s proposal of marriage to Ananya’s Family with the token rings
4.      Ananya’s smartness at Krish’s cousin’s wedding
5.      Final Wedding/Climax
6.      All Songs enhance the story

Director Abhishek Varman has done an excellent job. Remo D'Souza's choreography to Shankar Ehsan Loy’s groovy music is super. Kudos to everyone associated with the movie!

As Chetan Bhagat too was a part of the movie-making process, the movie sticks to the book. Though the movie is more than 2 hours long, yet time-constraints have ensured that the movie is an abridged version of the book. I missed the interesting character Dolly from the book, who has just got a mention in the movie!


In fact, even some scenes shown in the trailers on TV (like the lovers discussing Pyaar ka Bomb, Mr. Swaminathan dressing up Krish, Krish mentioning that he had been 'checked out' by Ananya, Krish's Mom asking about the eligible Punjabi girls etc), have not been included in the movie. Perhaps they will be added later to draw the public to re-watch? Hope the Producers- Karan Johar & Sajid Nadiadwala include them soon!

Watch 2 States & embark on a roller-coaster ride of love, drama, emotions, tears, fears…and finally cheers!
My Rating: 4.5/5

My conservative point-of-view both about the book & the movie- they deal with the personal life of the author and have a lot of 'private' moments. The fact that hits me- Parents have no clue what their kids are up to... 
Revelation to watching the fast evolving Indian culture & Indian Cinema... Considering the fact that real-life has inspired both the book & the reel-life, now the reel-life will inspire many such real-life stories for sure...

49 comments:

  1. Good review. But whatever I dislike going to halls and seeing movies, I wish to see it at home. Hope they show it on TV soon.

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    1. Thanks Indrani!
      Being a Movie-fan, I love the theatre-experience! I guess you have to wait extra long for this movie! Hits take more time to be shown on TV!

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    2. if you can download from torrent you don't have to wait for that longs .. dvd will be out soon :D

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    3. Ya DVD & Computer-screen are options. But, I love the Movie-Theatre wide-screen experience, Ankur :)

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  2. Nice review.. I watched it using those BA Book My Show vouchers..:-P..

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    1. Thanks Mani! So did I :)

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    2. Same pinch Maniparna.
      Same pinch Anita.
      As always, a nice review, prompting me to watch it tonight, Anita! :)

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    3. Same Pinch, Poonam!
      Do watch. However, you need to check whether the tickets are available. Showing Housefull here even for tomorrow's shows!

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    4. Booked it on 16th, Dear.
      No issues. :)

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    5. Great! Advance booking is a must :)

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  3. nicely reviewed, Anita. waiting to watch the movie with the voucher too :P

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    1. Thanks Meera :) Book immediately. Weekend shows are mostly sold out!

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  4. nice review .. :) .. yeah parents most of time have no idea whats really happening :d

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    1. We are moving the Western world's way, Ankur...

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  5. Like Indrani I too will wait for it to come home on the TV.

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    1. Okay Sir. Maybe they'll show it for Durga Puja/Diwali on TV :)

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  6. Good to read this, thought I will watch this, but....

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    1. Thanks! But, no buts! These are the modern times, Alok :)

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  7. Hehe I don't know why I just dont have the patience to go the movie theatre and watch it. I'll be lazy on the couch and wait like the others for the TV premiere!

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    1. No, not at all lazy! I know you'll be busy with the Posts & your Blog:)
      Just wait a few more months for the TV Premiere :)

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  8. Loved the book (his best) and now am going to love the movie (as per this review)
    Will see it on Monday - in the theater - Indrani please note.

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    1. Some people are saying that those who have read the book, won't enjoy the movie. But, I did & many others have done so & so will you :P
      Happy watching :)

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    1. Great Manjulika :) It was fun! Nice that you managed to book the tickets- huge Queues & disappointment for many here as shows were sold out!

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  10. Very nice review! I have enjoyed the book , and now hope to enjoy the movie! Totally agree with your conservative point of view. Though it is true that movies are inspired by real life incidences, sometimes some very good movies show some incidences/scenes that I feel uncomfortable watching them with kids!

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    1. Thanks Ratna. Very true.
      Real & Reel have a very thin line between them these days. We never know who is getting inspired by whom- but the results are scary & shocking sometimes...
      Kids are much aware than their parents. signs of changing times.
      Conservative views are out of place in such modern times...

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  11. Hmm...I didnt like the book much...Dont feel like seeing the movie..:P
    Your review makes it look tempting though..:)

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    1. Delighted that you find my review tempting, Preethi!
      A few people did not like the book... But, the movie is a must-watch for a Bollywood-film-lover :)

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  12. Sholay gets 5 star rating and is remembered after 40 yrs. Will people remember 2 States after even 5 months? May be the quality of bollywood is so pathetic these days that an above average movie like this gets 4.5 rating!

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    1. Dear Anonymous, first I do wish you would present your views without being anonymous. I loved the movie hence I rated it 4.5.
      In fact, I interviewed a couple of people about what they'd rate the movie after watching the 1st Day 1st Show (when the critics hadn't yet announced their ratings).
      Glad that you think it is "above average"- which means it'd get at least 3.5 Stars out of 5 :)
      Yes, people will remember the movie as it's associated with the book & the true story of the famous author.

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  13. I was the fan of that book, and all Chetan bhagat's book, But I am really not sure how its gonna come up on big screen, Hope something happens like 3 idiot. :) Books are always better then movies :)

    xc8 Compiler

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    1. Yes Rakesh, the movie is totally based on the book barring minor changes & deletions. I felt the songs have similar energy as those of 3 Idiots.

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  14. Wonderful review. I somehow felt the film needed a better male lead. Arjun was hard as a wood and couldn't emote some important expressions in the crucial scenes. I loved the film. Here's our review http://movieroundup.in/2-states-cultural-chauvinism-please/

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    1. Thanks :)
      I felt Arjun Kapoor has done a good job considering that his past 3 movies had him as an Angry Young Man :)
      Will check out your review.

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  15. Nice review ! I liked the movie also. I loved the use of Tamil in many places, whereas generally people talk the language of the film irrespective of where the film is based on.

    Plus, I loved the last few italicized lines. :)

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    1. Welcome to my Blog, Sivaram :)
      Yes, Tamil has been used & enhances the story's appeal. Film-makers must use this a lot more. At least 1 Tamil scene (shown in Trailer) has been edited out. Waiting for many scenes to be included later! :)
      Those last italicized lines are my opinions. That's reality...
      Glad you liked :)

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  16. Here is again the stereotype bollywood. Why a south Indian girl or boy in Hindi movie has to be a Tamil speaking person from Chennai? Does bollywood think that Chennai is capital of whole south India and Tamil is the only language spoken? Why not a kannada speaking girl from Bangalore or a Telagu speaking boy from Hyderabad? I would never watch such stereotyped cross culture Hindi movies.

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    1. Neha, This movie has been based on Chetan Bhagat's true life-story that's in his novel of the same name.
      If a Tamil-speaking girl is the heroine, it's because the author's wife is also a Tamilian. Nothing stereotyped.

      Bollywood movies have shown the North & South & other such divides in India being bridged.
      Another movie 'Chennai Express' also had the heroine based from the South.
      I feel all these are good signs as the morals of these movies are that we are Indians first & that love triumphs over all differences. These augur well for broadening mindsets & for national integration.
      Am sure film-makers will soon explore the other Southern states :) Do watch!

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  17. Alia bhatt as a girl from chennai.... OMG.... Was the director blind ????...

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    1. Earlier, that was the reaction of most people & people who haven't watched the movie may feel so...

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  18. Alia bhatt as a girl from chennai.... OMG.... Was the director blind ????...

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    1. Do watch the movie. Most felt that Alia has done justice to her Girl-From-Chennai role :)

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  19. hi..can ssomebody please tell me where can i download the climax tamil song in the movie??

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    1. Hi, I guess you need to do a Google search for it :) Even I loved the Tamil song that played in their wedding :)

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  20. Arjun Kapur and Alia Bhatt seen awesome in 2state. I like to see this movie. Abhishek Varmar done excellent job.

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    1. Yes, it's a nice movie. Do watch. I watched it again when they showed it on TV :)

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  21. Combination of director Abhishek Varman, choreographer Remo D'souza's and shankar ehasan loy's music gives such a nice movie. I like to see movie again and again.

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    1. Even I feel it's a great combination :)
      I have watched it many times too!

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  22. Reviewed very well . Nice movie and cinematography was good , After reading this review i fell like i wanna watch the movie once more . Thank you , Review some tamil movies too (bestandroidtrainingchennai.in)

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