2 States Reviews

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Nice movie. Saw on Netflix, so was able to forward a bit especially songs. Having said, a pretty good one. Especially someone who has spent time with both cultures will truly resonate with the story line.

    Nice movie. Saw on Netflix, so was able to forward a bit especially songs. Having said, a pretty good one. Especially someone who has spent time with both cultures will truly resonate with the story line.

  • Jun 12, 2018

    Kaash meri shaadi bhi kisi se hoti jisse main pyar karta hoon.

    Kaash meri shaadi bhi kisi se hoti jisse main pyar karta hoon.

  • Sep 28, 2016

    In this very enjoyable comedy drama from director Abhishek Verman, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt give very good performances in their roles as Krish and Ananya, two lovers from different cultures face an uphill battle when they try to get their parents' permission to marry. Krish is a student in Delhi while Ananya is also a student at the college where Krish is studying. They love each other and want to marry but when Ananya is introduced to Krish's parents, they are not happy about it and will do everything they can in order to make sure the two do not get married. There is solid support to be had from Ronit Roy and Amrita Singh as Vikram and Kavita, the parents of Krish. The direction from Verman is good because he keeps a good pace going from start to finish and the chemistry between the two leads is good because it shows much they care for each other. The script is well written by the director and it also has a decent soundtrack, with the song Mast Magan standing out best. The film won two International Indian Film Academy Awards (Bollywood's equivalent of the Oscars) for its solid music direction from Shankar-Ehsaan Loy and for its very good camerawork, while the music directing from Loy and Verman both won Filmfare Awards, with Verman picking up the award for Best Debut Director. This is one sweet and charming film with Verman getting off to a very good start with his directorial career. The performances, particularly from the two leads, are very good as well.

    In this very enjoyable comedy drama from director Abhishek Verman, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt give very good performances in their roles as Krish and Ananya, two lovers from different cultures face an uphill battle when they try to get their parents' permission to marry. Krish is a student in Delhi while Ananya is also a student at the college where Krish is studying. They love each other and want to marry but when Ananya is introduced to Krish's parents, they are not happy about it and will do everything they can in order to make sure the two do not get married. There is solid support to be had from Ronit Roy and Amrita Singh as Vikram and Kavita, the parents of Krish. The direction from Verman is good because he keeps a good pace going from start to finish and the chemistry between the two leads is good because it shows much they care for each other. The script is well written by the director and it also has a decent soundtrack, with the song Mast Magan standing out best. The film won two International Indian Film Academy Awards (Bollywood's equivalent of the Oscars) for its solid music direction from Shankar-Ehsaan Loy and for its very good camerawork, while the music directing from Loy and Verman both won Filmfare Awards, with Verman picking up the award for Best Debut Director. This is one sweet and charming film with Verman getting off to a very good start with his directorial career. The performances, particularly from the two leads, are very good as well.

  • Aug 20, 2015

    "2 States" is ultimately an effective movie because it has strong messages that traditional Indians need to hear. Sometimes the movie does drag because the storyline can overdo telling the same message over and over again, but I still enjoyed the movie overall. I mostly enjoyed the two romantic leads and their interactions with the parents in the movie. The movie balances comedy and drama well and finds the humor in teaching a valuable lesson. It's the type of Bollywood movie that sets out to challenge traditional people's thinking, which requires a certain level of boldness, and I admired that. 

    "2 States" is ultimately an effective movie because it has strong messages that traditional Indians need to hear. Sometimes the movie does drag because the storyline can overdo telling the same message over and over again, but I still enjoyed the movie overall. I mostly enjoyed the two romantic leads and their interactions with the parents in the movie. The movie balances comedy and drama well and finds the humor in teaching a valuable lesson. It's the type of Bollywood movie that sets out to challenge traditional people's thinking, which requires a certain level of boldness, and I admired that. 

  • Aug 18, 2015

    Good story and well made. Maybe cliched ,but doesn't detract from the entertainment . Does try to explore a few different relationships and does it well. Well directed and well enacted.

    Good story and well made. Maybe cliched ,but doesn't detract from the entertainment . Does try to explore a few different relationships and does it well. Well directed and well enacted.

  • Jun 12, 2015

    2 States... I am actually in 2 states of mind. On one hand, being a big fan of the book, I felt that the movie is very true to the source and is one of the better adaptations of Chetan Bhagat's books. But on the other, its not a different Bollywood masala movie and in fact, a very mediocre one by Bollywood standards. The key ingredient in the book was that it was a very casual anecdotal book with a touch of bollywood style. But when u make it a movie, the charm is lost. +ve points: -Good acting (I actually liked the father son thread better than the romantic scenes) -Excellent songs and good placement of songs -Alia Bhat!! She is fast becoming the new Kareena -The marriage scenes at the end -ve points: -Too long -Repeated stereotype jokes -Underdeveloped Hero's role My rating: Story - 0.25 - typical bollywood love story Screenplay - 0.5 too much identical to the book and hence lacking any wow factor Acting - 1 Excellent acting from everyone (Alia Bhat and Ronit Roy stand out) Other departments - 0.5 (Good music and good production values) Overall Package - 0.5 (Good but not good enough) Total - 2.75/5

    2 States... I am actually in 2 states of mind. On one hand, being a big fan of the book, I felt that the movie is very true to the source and is one of the better adaptations of Chetan Bhagat's books. But on the other, its not a different Bollywood masala movie and in fact, a very mediocre one by Bollywood standards. The key ingredient in the book was that it was a very casual anecdotal book with a touch of bollywood style. But when u make it a movie, the charm is lost. +ve points: -Good acting (I actually liked the father son thread better than the romantic scenes) -Excellent songs and good placement of songs -Alia Bhat!! She is fast becoming the new Kareena -The marriage scenes at the end -ve points: -Too long -Repeated stereotype jokes -Underdeveloped Hero's role My rating: Story - 0.25 - typical bollywood love story Screenplay - 0.5 too much identical to the book and hence lacking any wow factor Acting - 1 Excellent acting from everyone (Alia Bhat and Ronit Roy stand out) Other departments - 0.5 (Good music and good production values) Overall Package - 0.5 (Good but not good enough) Total - 2.75/5

  • May 21, 2015

    2 State's is decent entertainment. Very nice movie.

    2 State's is decent entertainment. Very nice movie.

  • Mar 04, 2015

    Relates some of the difficulties of love marriage in a society struggling to evolve its arranged marriage culture to the western ideals.

    Relates some of the difficulties of love marriage in a society struggling to evolve its arranged marriage culture to the western ideals.

  • Jan 10, 2015

    A well-made movie with an understated and delicate tone (including its music). Drama is present but it's never over-the-top, despite the context of in-laws clashing in an inter-community marriage, between Northern Indian, Krish and Southern Indian, Ananya. And... get this, it's based on the true story written by Chetan Bagat about his own wedding! The first half hour and the last half hour were of noticeably different tones than the middle chunk though, the former depicting the couple in collegey flirty and secular mode, while in the last part, Krish's harsh and hitherto absent father begins to soften and steps in to be involved. It just shows how one person in a family can literally affect everything..when he starts to be present.

    A well-made movie with an understated and delicate tone (including its music). Drama is present but it's never over-the-top, despite the context of in-laws clashing in an inter-community marriage, between Northern Indian, Krish and Southern Indian, Ananya. And... get this, it's based on the true story written by Chetan Bagat about his own wedding! The first half hour and the last half hour were of noticeably different tones than the middle chunk though, the former depicting the couple in collegey flirty and secular mode, while in the last part, Krish's harsh and hitherto absent father begins to soften and steps in to be involved. It just shows how one person in a family can literally affect everything..when he starts to be present.

  • familiar s Super Reviewer
    Oct 31, 2014

    Quite disappointing.

    Quite disappointing.