Some years ago, when I read Chetan Bhagat’s book 2 States I remember thinking that this was a great story for a Hindi film. Evidently a lot of other people thought the same, so come this April we will see the celluloid version of the bestselling novel. The trailer of 2 States released recently – we bring you the poster, trailer, story and preview of the upcoming Hindi movie.
Starring – Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Amrita Singh, Ronit Roy, Shiv Kumar Subramaniam, Revathy, Sharang Natarajan
Production– Sajid Nadiadwala, Karan Johar (Dharma Productions, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertaiment)
Director – Abhishek Varman
Story – Chetan Bhagat
Music – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
2 States Trailer
He idealistically says “isn’t it enough that we love each other!” and she pragmatically replies in the negative. The trailer details the romance of a rather fetching looking young couple – Arjun Kapoor in his new earnest, bespectacled look and Alia Bhat in a rather smart fusion avatar. Then several frames and quite a few kisses later, we are introduced to the Parents!
We are then informed that the Ananya’s Tamilian parents think Punjabis are uncultured and that Krish Malhotra’s Punjabi parents think that being dark skinned is a serious character flaw that 90% of South Indians have. Several funny movements based on regional stereotypes and prejudices follow. The last line of the film trailer is spoken by Krish Malhotra about his own mother: “There is nothing more dangerous in the world than a Punjabi mother in law”
The novel by Chetan Bhagat 2 States: The Story of My Marriage is semi autobiographical – based on the author’s own relationship and marriage. His wife in real life is Anusha Surya Narayana who belongs to Tamil Nadu and he himself is from Delhi and much of the story is based on Bhagat’s own experiences.
The story of the film deals with the problems that young people who belong to such different backgrounds face when they want to get married. The young man manages to ingratiate himself with his would be in-laws by teaching the father how to create a power point presentation and by tutoring his girlfriend’s brother.
But there are several twists and turns in the movie before the two sets of parents are convinced about letting the two young people get married. After all in India, it isn’t just individuals that get married; entire families unite by virtue of a marriage.
Many other leading men including Saif Ali Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan were considered for the role that finally went to Arjun Kapoor, who feels that starring in the film is like a dream come true. Alia Bhat reveals that unlike Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express, she plays a modern young woman without the typical South Indian accent.
Krish Mathotra’s dad in the film is played by Ronit Roy, and will be a largely negative character. An abusive husband and neglectful father, he is a retired army officer who struggles with his own internal problems.
Chetan Bhagat himself is an ex student of the illustrious IIM Ahmedabad, and parts of the film are also shot here since the protagonists are also shown to study at this premier management institute in the movie.
In a unique marketing tactic, Alia Bhatt posted a mock engagement card on Twitter on the occasion of the trailer launch of the movie 2 States.
By Reena Daruwalla