Two States.


2 States is the first movie I watched first day, first show. This because I am a hard core Chetan Bhagat  fan. If you utter a word against him I will smash your face, yes I like him that much! Right from the time I read 2 States book I was so impressed by his excellent story telling skill, I became his fan instantly.I loved the book so much that I’ve not stopped reading it over and over again ever since its release.Every character in the book was an imaginary picture till I saw them live in the movie yesterday.

One of the worst things when you watch a movie after reading the book is that you tend to compare everything in the book with the movie. If the visualization of characters and story is not the way you imagined then that will spoil the whole experience for you. But fortunately the ‘2 States’ movie did not disappoint me that way. The characters in the book and movie are exactly the same. I loved the movie because it was as beautiful as the story in the book. The story revolves around how culturally different people fall in love, and then their struggle to make their families from two different states fall in love with each other.If you have a girl-friend/boy-friend from a different community whom you intend to marry eventually, this movie clearly tells you the struggles that lay ahead of you in convincing your families. Even though the situations may be tough initially, they will finally turn to your favor, if you persist as shown in the movie. So don’t lose hope 🙂

Here are the five things in the movie that impressed me the most:

  1. The tamil spoken in the movie is perfect and also the amazing background tamil score– Oh! don’t tell me you haven’t noticed in the most Bollywood movies that the tamil the characters speak are so far away from being tamil, example- Chennai Express. Generally Bollywood movies support the usual tamil stereotyping and also do nothing more to enhance or give the original native touch to the characters, but in 2 states everything was perfect. Be it Aalia’s who played a tamil girl, or her family members.When I went to watch two states I was prepared to hear the poor dialogue delivery of tamil by the characters, but was very impressed with the impeccable dialogue delivery. And there are quite a few pure tamil dialogues too without any hindi translation, which even Krish Malhotra couldn’t understand. 😀 The background tamil score is definitely an added plus to the whole movie experience. I must say Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did a good job with the music.
  2. The Scary Mother of Ananya not that scary as in the book–  When you read 2 states book Krish wonders how such scary looking parents could have a daughter as cute as Ananya. But Revathy  who plays Ananya’s mother in the movie is far from looking scary. She looks beautiful in the role of Ananya’s mother. She gives her character full justice, just that she didn’t seem to scare Krish as much as in the book. Revathy is very adorable in the role of Ananya’s conservative, protective and loving South-Indian mother.
  3. Shiv Kumar Subramaniam plays a South Indian dad to perfection- Yes! The soft-spoken, introvert, loving and caring South Indian dads come to life with Shiv Kumar Subramanium, playing Ananya’s dad to perfection. When bollywood generally depicts the South Indian characters by the constant use of Aiyyo, and hindi spoken with the accent , here the representation is right on the mark as described in the book. Well done  Abhishek Varman
  4. Amrita Singh , typical punjabi mother and Ronit Roy- As in all the bollywood movies the sweet , caring and loud punjabi mother is played to perfection by Amrita Singh. She has excellent comic timing in the movie. You cannot fully love her character, but you cannot hate it either. She plays a insecure mother unhappy with her son’s choice of life-partner and larger than life ego who finally comes around as she loves her son more than he knows of. Ronit Roy too is exactly how you imagine Krish’s dad to be after reading the book. A military man, with a violent streak but inside he is just an old man who loves his family but doesn’t know how to express it to his wife and son.Typical Indian male Syndrome 😛
  5.  Ananya and Krish – Krish is more or less the same as described in the book. He is that guy who tries to put-together everyone together, the guy who tries to unite the two states by hook or crook. Ananya, she is bubblier than the Ananya in the book. In the book you find a strong,bold,fiercely independent and passionate Ananya, but in the movie she is all that and more. Aalia Bhatt is the life of the movie.We can also see Amrita Singh competing fiercely for that tittle,but ending up in the second position. Basically Ananya is the girl you always dream of, and wish to marry some day.

Overall the movie is an excellent adaptation of the book. But like they say there are always a few glitches, here they are very minor and can almost be neglected when seen as a whole package.

These are the scenes in the book which I was waiting for but was not seen in the movie :

  1.  The scene in the convocation(or ‘conversation‘ as Amrita Singh says 😀 ) when Krish stands up and applauds when Ananya receives her certificate.
  2.  The outing Scene of  the parents in Gandhi Aashram.
  3.  Kid screaming mickey mouse when Krish comes out in dhoti and also the scene when Ananya’s dad asks him if he wishes to exchange the underwear. 😛 😀  This scene was the best scene in the book. Maybe Arjun Kapoor was too embarrased to do this scene 😛 😀
  4.  The Scene in the marriage when Krish actually climbs an auto and leaves , to be furiously brought back by Ananya’s dad . 😀
  5.  The  speech given by Ananya’s dad at the end, in the reception. Also the scene in the hotel room when Krish’s dad arrives in the night.

But even with these scenes missing, I’d say ‘2 states’  is a movie very well adapted by Abhishek Varman. If you haven’t read the book, you’ll love the movie. If you have read the book, even then you will not be disappointed.

Like these real life ‘Krish and Ananya’ I hope that this movie 2 States  too lives happily with its audience forever. 🙂


If you haven’t watched the movie yet, then go watch it.Now… At the max tomorrow 🙂 😀

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