Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor bring to life Chetan Bhagat's 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
, adapted for the screen by Abhishek Varman.
Alia surprises with her mature performance. Considering her age, she sinks her teeth deep into her character to bring to life Ananya Swaminathan, a Tamilian from Chennai who meets with Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor), a Punjabi from Delhi while they are studying at Ahmedabad. With this performance, Alia has shown glimpses of what to expect from her in the years to come. This is one Bhatt that is going to surpass all of them.
From impetuous to understanding to mature; Alia plays the shades of her character with dexterity, handling every scene with ease.
Arjun, on the other hand, displays another facet to his acting personality; he is continuously below the center line, not once going overboard with his emotions.
Giving them company, bringing the entire amalgamation of 2 STATES, are Ronit Roy, Amrita Singh, Shiv Subramaniam and Revathi. CHECK OUT: 2 STATES Songs Lyrics
When you marry, you not only marry the one you love but also marry into a family. This is what 2 STATES portrays as Ananya and Krish soon find out that love alone is not enough for them to get married.
They first have to find acceptance in each other's families. Krish goes about convincing her parents in Chennai that he truly is in love with her. The scene where he proposes to his entire family to win them over is cute. It's now Ananya's turn as she comes to Delhi to win over Krish's parents' hearts.
They also need the two families to spend time together. That is when things go wrong.
Ananya does not want her parents to go through any more humiliation at the hands of Kavita Malhotra (Amrita Singh). She calls the relationship quits after they both have tried their best.
Krish is heart-broken but he gets help from an unexpected quarter. CHECK OUT: 2 STATES Special Screening Events
2 STATES is appealing for its simple story-line. There's the boy meets girl scene, their falling in love, his reluctance to commitment and finally their journey in convincing their parents. Running away is not cool, they feel. They'd rather wait for their parents to agree.
While the film per say is smooth and easy, what bothers is the steady tone in narration. Life is not so simple and people don't always get angry in a polite manner. Sometimes, one does lose his or her cool. Every character is so guarded in their approach that you wonder how one can stay sane throughout.
Having said that, it would also be safe to say that 2 STATES will find acceptance from the 'young in love'.