20 April 2014 | By: Writing Buddha

2 States (movie): It's not even close to Chetan Bhagat's book.

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      I am done watching 2 States yesterday morning just after I was completed reading the book written by Chetan Bhagat on which this movie is based. Book was so wonderful that I rated it 4.9 even when I read it for second time. People objected it but I didn't care. I thought I would do the same with the movie if I'll like it as much as the book. But actually, 2 States, the movie, is disappointing, at least for me, as the reader of Chetan Bhagat's books. 3 Idiots took the book 5 Point Someone to 10 levels higher. The same was the condition with Kai Po Che. But 2 States seems to be a ditto copy of the book minus some wonderful scenes and dialogues from the books. What was left in the movie was an easy way to know for the audience what the book was based upon. Is that the purpose of adapting a popular book into an A-grade movie?

            Director started the movie well with showing both the protagonist as alumni of IIM-A. Less than studies, he shows more about how the boy and girl from different states came together without even realizing the blunder they were doing. It is all fun until the climax but after that, the movie seems to be running in the same loop without making us move ahead. Few scenes are good and laughable but otherwise, it seems as if a very bad version of the novel. Producer has done his part well as you will never find the movie chasing a wrong path at any point of time. The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is wonderful and you will love almost all the compositions while watching the movie. It makes the movie looks interesting and exciting. 

          Arjun Kapoor, the lead hero of the movie, only sleepwalks and never makes the viewers become fan of him for even a single scene. He is the new Abhishek Bachchan given to the industry in terms of everything- acting to dancing to off-screen presences. Alia Bhatt is the only delighting thing about 2 States. Only considering her, I would say the movie stands up to the popular and most-liked novel. She plays her character of Ananya Swaminathan so well with every expression, dialogue and emotions that you want to see only her in the movie. She is someone for whom people should even consider watching 2 States. The roles of Ronit Roy and Amrita Singh is more than perfect as parents of Arjun Kapoor. Ronit Roy is another reason why I would watch 2 States in bits whenever it would be on television just to check out his parts. The couple playing as Ananya's parents are as boring as my neighbours. Well!

          In short, 2 States is simply not for those who have read the novel. Novel is 10 times funnier and enjoyable than the movie. For Alia fans, this is going to be one of their favorite movies. But yes, 2 States does break the common mindset that people have. They show how children have to struggle with their parents once they decide whom they have to marry themselves. The trauma of the child who sees physical and verbal abuses since childhood at home. It tells how even in today's time, inter-communities marriage are a taboo and what kind of behavior and traits parents show at the time of meeting and interaction with their sambdhis. One scene where they show child hitting father is as genuine as showing Krish-Ananya finding sex just after finding that they like and love each other. Climax is pleasing and something I wanted to see at the end of the movie. 2 States, in short, is one-time watch.


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bemoneyaware said...

Agree with you.
Book is much much better than movie.

Soulmate said...

I have read the book but haven't seen the movie yet. I'll wait for it to come on TV now. Better to save some money when our economy is so down!

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