2 States, a film based on Chetan Bhagat’s original novel, 2 States – the story of my marriage. I read the book just about a month ago, I don’t read much actually or at all…aside from school books. I only came to knew about the film a year or two back when hearing someone mention it in an interview. I bought the book on Amazon for a penny and received it in the mail. Once my eyes touched the pages of the book, I couldn’t stop reading. It was weird, I had never been so into a book before, this time I was hiding the book under my texts book while sitting in class so I could read the next page, I had never felt like this before.
Then today… I woke up this morning with an extreme smile on my face, I got to experience that whole reading a book and then seeing a film based of the book, moment. All day all I was listening to was the beautiful tunes of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s soundtrack of the film. In between my busy day I was watching the last few interviews and promotions of the film. Then FINALLY I rant to the ticket booth, grabbed my ticket, got the pop-corn and sat inside the theater with excitement counting down minute by minute…
The film began and I was floored and fully sucked into the film just as much as I was sucked into the novel itself.
To be honest, I don’t know how to review such a film, do I review the fabulous screenplay and direction by Abhishek Verma or do I review the flawless acting that Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor projected as their characters, Ananya & Krish. I am at a loss of words.
The film was wonderful, it surely didn’t cover every single line of the book but it covered everything you needed to know about the marriage between Ananya and Krish and their families. Amrita Singh, Ronit Roy, Revathy & Shivkumar Subrmaniam played perfect roles as Krish’s and Ananya’s parents.
The music, I remember last summer when I met Ehsaan Noorani we had a long hour conversation while I was driving him to the drug store to buy allergy medicines and he was telling me about all the upcoming films they were going to be working on and he said to me, “You will fall in love with the soundtrack of 2 States and the film too!” He surely was 100% right about that. I must mention my all time favorite track of the film is Mast Magan by Arijit Singh & Chinmayi, I haven’t stopped playing this song. It was beautiful and Amitabh Bhattacharya’s soulful lyrics are to die for.
The sets, costumes and locations, there were no “elaborate” sets but they were very real. Everything about the film was real, they didn’t enhance Chetan’s story in any way possible. This film is very true to the heart and they projected that simplicity and realism correctly on celluloid. Even having Dharma Productions & Sajid Nadiadwala as producers there wasn’t anything that didn’t have me saying “oh this only happens in films”. Props to Manish Malhotra’s costume for Alia Bhatt, I fell in love with every Kurti, kanjeevaram and sari she wore.
The story brings this sort of realization to all minds of Indian’s, every dialogue spoken has a meaning behind it and it is either bringing the youth of my generation to understanding our parents or our parents understanding the youth. I was watching an interview of Chetan Bhagat today and he was talking about the story and how it points out the generational gap between our parents upbringing and today’s generations modern upbringing along with our parents teachings. I love it, the moment I read the book and the moment I saw it on the big screen.
After I left the movie theater, I got all green lights, I was smiling to myself and I said to myself… “this film just encouraged me more to become a filmmaker”. I don’t know what the film exactly did to me but I really enjoyed it. It brought laughs, tears and smiles to my eyes and heart. I can go on and on about this story and I am more than positive every person of my generation will experience apart of 2 States in their lives.
A New Girl in a City’s review for 2 States
Mast Magan – Arijit Singh & Chinmayi