Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor), a student from Delhi, is pursuing his MBA at the IIM Ahmedabad. Krish comes from a family very proud of their Punjabi heritage. He meets Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) in his college who comes from a conservative Tamil Brahmin family. Krish and Ananya become friends and start studying together. Soon they begin dating, and stay together for their two years on the IIM campus.
Krish confides in Ananya that his real passion is writing, which he wants to pursue a career in.When they complete their graduation, Krish and Ananya decide to get married. They introduce their parents to each other at the convocation ceremony. To their dismay, Krishs loud Punjabi mother Kavita (Amrita Singh) does not get along with Ananyas reserved Tamilian parents Radha (Revathy) and Swaminathan (Shiv Kumar Subramaniam). After graduation, Ananya begins her marketing job in her hometown Chennai and Krish goes back to his own hometown Delhi.
Krishs brash family urges him to stay in Delhi and try to discourage him from his interest in writing. They also criticize his relationship with Ananya, and tell him to get an arranged marriage with a Punjabi girl. It is also evident that there is tension between Krish and his alcoholic father Vikram (Ronit Roy).Krish leaves his dysfunctional family and starts a banking job in Chennai. During this time, he tries very hard to win over Ananyas family.
He tutors her younger brother, gets her mother an opportunity to sing at an event for his workplace, and helps her father create his first PowerPoint presentation. After all his effort, Ananyas family agrees to the marriage with Krish. Krish and Ananya then travel to Delhi to win over Krishs family. Initially, Kavita and her family are hostile towards Ananya but come to like her after she saves Krishs cousins wedding from being cancelled due to a dispute over dowry.Krish and Ananya decide to take a vacation with their families before the wedding.
The vacation does not go as planned when Kavita makes continuous snide remarks about Tamilian culture. Furthermore, Ananya and her parents overhear Krish falsely assuring his mother that she can treat Ananya however she wants after they are married. Having had enough of the insults, Ananya calls off the wedding and both return to their respective hometowns.Krish and Ananya find it hard to live without each other. Sometime later, he gets a call from Ananya, who reveals that Krishs father had come down to Chennai to speak to her parents, apologizing for his wifes shallow behavior.
This allows for Krish and Ananya to finally get happily married, they become parents to twin boys and Krish publishes his book 2 States based on his and Ananyas life.The film received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama awarded the film 4.5 out of 5 stars, and noted, On the whole, 2 States is one of the finest movies to come out of the Hindi film industry of late. This is one of those rare Hindi movies that commands a repeat viewing.
Strongly recommended! Critic Saurabh Dwiwedi, writing for India Today, gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, and published, 2 States can be a good mirror for parents to understand their children. So take along your parents and enjoy the film. Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, and wrote, What makes 2 States work is the simple narrative told humorously. Adapted as it is, from one of author Chetan Bhagats best-selling works, the film, just like the book before it, is light-hearted.
Chetans funny one-liners and life-view are studiously borrowed by the director for his screen outing. And though there is a sense of deja-vu, for those who have read the book, the movie still manages to charm and surprise. Paloma Sharma of Rediff.com gave the movie 3.5/5 stars and opined, Theres nothing that should keep you from watching 2 States.
Mohar Basu of Koimoi gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, and wrote, 2 States is barely unwatchable but misses the magic of Chetan Bhagat's novel. As a stand alone, it is endearingly done with Alia and Arjun's scorching chemistry coming off as adorable. The Bhagat fan in me is disappointed but the cinegoer isn't. DNA posted, the first half of the film is light and breezy and the second dramatic and emotional, perhaps a better balance would have helped the post interval portion which seems heavy. Hindustan Times Anupama Chopra gave the film 2.
5 stars out of 5, and said, In 2 States, the story is the weakest link. The film is bolstered by talented actors, gorgeous songs by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, nice styling, sumptuous production design and a few sparkling moments. But in the second half, 2 States falls apart. At almost two-and-a-half hours, it's also stretched so thin that by the time Krish and Ananya walk into the sunset, you are long past caring. Concerning Kapoor and Bhatt, she said, Arjun, departing from his earlier violent roles, makes a nicely goofy and later subdued lover boy, but it's Alia who lights up the screen.
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, and wrote, 2 States is a cross-culture love story that strives to be sweet, funny and emotionally wrenching all at once. It is occasionally funny and sweet in parts all right, but the family drama at the film's core has a severely stultified feel. The trouble is that the impending wedding remains impending far too long to sustain interest. it sets out to be a slice-of-life drama about a real couple grappling with the politics of inter-community marriage, but it fails to generate enough energy and warmth to draw the audience into a tight clinch.
Shubra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, and said, 2 States. sets out to be a solid, emotionally satisfying rom com, and goes well for a bit but then turns into a too-stretched-out â€˜jhagda' between the two sets of North-South parents. The smooth, engaging first half descends, post-interval, into mopey melodrama, and I got impatient waiting for the inevitable resolution. She praised Bhatts performance, saying, .
Alia Bhatt is a surprise. She leaves behind her earlier films, and gets into her character: she may not be an authentic â€˜Southie' in terms of body language, but she is all girl, easy and fresh and natural.
Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Ronit Roy
Karan Johar Sajid Nadiadwala
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