This rom com (based on the memoir of the same title by Chetan Bhagat) came out in Spring 2014; I saw it two weeks back. This is a fun, yet realistic film, that’s NOT only concerned w/ two MBA students falling in love, BUT what comes after (getting to know each other’s families and the drama that ensues). To add a twist usually NOT seen in mainstream Indian films- Ananya (Alia Bhatt) is from the South; Krish (Arjun Kapoor) hails from the North.
So, what’s the biggie here- they’re BOTH Hindu, right? Yes, WE American desis MAY feel that way! BUT their families who speak different languages and follow different customs, along w/ ALL the typical baggage (which you’d see in a film like Meet the Parents).
When they first meet in grad school, Ananya is annoyed that there is no beer at the local café. Krish explains: “Gujarat is a dry state.” He gets interested in her first, BUT thinks she’s “out of my league.” Krish offers to help Ananya w/ Economics (which is her weak subject). Their friendship quickly grows into love after he declares one night that he doesn’t ONLY want to be her buddy.
There are only a FEW songs in this film (which are quite good); you can get them from iTunes. The music blends pretty well into the actions/emotions. The students/dancers in the background actually look like real/average people, NOT models. The run time could’ve been shorter. I recommend it for ALL of you who wouldn’t usually give Bollywood a chance!
2 thoughts on “2 States (2014)”
Thanks for the explanation about North / South and why that doesn’t usually show in Indian film!
Ananya’s parents prefer to speak in Tamil (which is their native tongue); they know Hindi also. Krish’s parents are Punjabi, so they speak Hindi. In time, Krish learns a bit of Tamil b/c he moves to Ananya’s hometown to be near her. His company has branches all over India, so that’s no prob.