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2 States Movie Review

2 States Rating: 3.14/5 

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN
2 States, directed by first-timer Abhishek Varman, is a frustrating case of a promising premise that doesn’t fully fructify into a compelling film. Parental opposition is one of the oldest conflicts as far as love stories go. Sure, the culture clash here gives us some genuine laughs. But at 2 hours and 30 minutes, this is a long, indulgent film that wears you out. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for 2 States. I’ve never rooted so hard for a couple to get married. If only so I could go home.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
2 STATES is based on Chetan Bhagat's bestseller '2 States: The Story Of My Marriage' Director Abhishek Varman stays faithful to Chetan Bhagat's bestseller, adapting it delightfully on the big screen. The diverse cultures, the discomfort and the pressures when people talk of inter-caste liaison, the unyielding love and the resolve to win the parents' trust... each and every aspect -- the emotions included -- are captured meticulously by the storyteller 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!
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World (Hindustan Times)
In the second half, 2 States falls apart. It becomes more contrived and unconvincingly twisted. 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. The story is narrated by Krish to a psychiatrist but at some point the lady disappears. What exactly happened here? I’m still trying to figure it out. Ultimately 2 States is unwieldy and disappointing. I’m going with two and a half stars.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business
All in all, the second half of the drama definitely scores over the first half and completely entertains the audience. The look and feel of the film is very city-centric which is why it would appeal more to the audience in the big cities and those frequenting multiplexes. On the whole, 2 States is an entertaining love story which will definitely work at the box-office – more in the cities and with the multiplex audience. The film’s distributors and exhibitors will all make decent profits in the film.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
The unabashed shallowness of a Chetan Bhagat book meets the inane glitter of a Karan Johar-Sajid Nadiadwala production in 2 States. The result is the creation of a third state – the state of overpowering indolence. If the inordinate length of 2 States isn’t bad enough, its soporific tempo certainly is. 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.2 States is good for a one-time watch.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff
2 States' romantic angle is a little difficult to connect given the way it is moved along in such a hurry in order to incorporate everything, but the family side of the bargain is truly touching. I ended up crying at least thrice in the film. Nevertheless, there's nothing that should keep you from watching 2 States. If you're as desi as I am and get senti about maa, there's no way you won't run home after watching this film and give your mother a big hug.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Meena Iyer Site: Times Of India (TOI)
2 States is a happy film (with measured anguish). Romance in cross-cultural or even cross-border situations isn't new to Bollywood. What makes 2 States work is the simple narrative told humorously. Adapted as it is, from one of author Chetan Bhagat's best-selling works, the film, just like the book before it, is light-hearted. Chetan's 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.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
The film sets out to be a solid, emotionally satisfying rom com, and goes well for a bit but then turns into a too-stretched-out ‘jhagda’ between the two sets of North-South parents. And the romance gets short shrift. The smooth, engaging first half descends, post-interval, into mopey melodrama, and I got impatient waiting for the inevitable resolution. Get the outdated folks out of the way, make it crisper, and show us what Krish and Ananya did next. I’m waiting.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saurabh Dwivedi Site:India Today
The film is based on Chetan Bhagat's novel 2 States. In the story, Chetan Bhagat has successfully shown the forever prevailing differences over caste and religion. The film also reflects upon the classic issue of a youngster-the dilemma over choice of career and parental expectations. 2 States can be a good mirror for parents to understand their children. So take along your parents and enjoy the film.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Sarita Tanwar Site: DNA
The best thing about Two States is that it is fresh -- in the casting, the approach, and the language. It's the kind of romcom that makes you go 'hmmm' rather than 'awwww.' The language spoken by all the characters is no different from one used by everyday people, and it's not like actors saying lines. From the make-out scenes to the fights between the couple, it's all very life-like and non-filmi. The first half is light and breezy and the second dramatic and emotional, perhaps a better balance would have helped the post interval portion which seems heavy. Watch it with friends.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror
Designed as an autobiographical tale of North Indian author Chetan Bhagat's love story with his Tamilian wife, this film is a bafflingly superficial adaptation of a book that should have remained a book. One of the less dated facts this film gets right is that a writer often gets inspired by pain. 'Two States', the book, was a result of momentary heartbreak too. As is this review.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site: FirstPost
Dharma’s trademark visual style and a few moments of comedy aside, 2 States is mostly a chore and periodically infuriating. The filmmakers had a chance to go against all odds and make a classic and they blew it. Critical appreciation might not be the film’s target anyway, because it’s been marketed well enough to make a truckload of money.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Sneha May Francis Site: Emirates24by7
With ‘2 States’, both Varman and writer Bhagat himself, have proven that a good film in Bollywood does not have to be loud and slapstick with stellar music and A-list stars, but that script and good direction is still king at the movies. For the duo, the foot tapping music and a cast of actors that know their job, are simply the added bonus to watch ‘2 States’ in a happy state of mind.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
2 States is a feel good, romantic comedy which scores for being earthly and grounded. It is never too candyfloss but even with a known, loved and inevitable climax, Abhishek Varman spins an engaging story. Alia and Arjun’s unfeigned and spunky chemistry is winsome but mostly the film is watchable because of its ability to portray known dynamics of culture divide without many glitches. It is easy, breezy and good fun!
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41 comments:

  1. Ye taran adarsh itni jaldi reviews kaise de deta hai..

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    1. Special preview for Taran Adarsh and TOI taaki yeh log 4 star de sake both are paid media

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    2. These are only paid reviews that the producer commissions a day before the film is released. The real reviews will come out Friday. Taran Adarsh comes to previews for the free daru and the check from the producer. He is pretty open about it!

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    3. 4.5 star by taran aadarsh means go at your own risk.....

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  2. and yet again Taran ka Paid preview . I thought this release ke pehle 4.5 stars from taran was over but he continues this again

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  3. may be... but 2 states(book) is a masterpiece and so will be the movie

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    1. I totally hated that book...Nothing new..same story since 1945...Just religion changed with Region...South Girl, North Boy...Parents does not agree.... Boy depressed...Parents try to marry them forcefully.. In the end parents agree after some drama...Both unite..Happy ending........ Since last 6 decades numerous movies have come with this plot..... Chetan Bhagat is one of the most overrated novelist I have come across.... Just puts some entertaining masala in his books....But plot is not that good or very old...His 5 point someone was good. 3 mistakes was nice but rest as just craps........

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    2. mehul ved Well said

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  4. Admin, can we get rid of Taran Adarsh's reviews on this site please?

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    1. Stop taran bashing he also gave 4 stars to queen which deserved it he is just a bit too liberal with his ratings

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    2. Well, who are they(critics)? they are bloody nothing to do people who make the people mind to watch or not to watch the movie, everybody has it's own mind, thoughts and sense to measure a movie, so just ignore their view. If you want to go then go otherwise don't. baki inki maa ka saaki naka....

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    3. Y get rid of him. Just ignore him. Whats the problem if he is on forum. Let him review and those who dont like him just ignore. Whats the point in cribing

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    4. why pick on Taran everyone has given this movie good ratings

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  5. I am fed up of Taran and his stars He has written "it is the finest movie of Hindi Film Industry" too often OFF LATE

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  6. Gourav's preview are pretty accurate

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  7. Does anyone believe a critic like taran adarsh anymore. But one thing is sure paid reviews do push up average ratings and can fool common people .

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  8. Taran adarsh ke reviews add karne walo,
    Janta maaf nahi karegi..

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  9. ‘Love marriage’ has always been a major issue to Indian parents. Yes, it is still a sort of crime in India to marry against the wishes of your parents especially if your partner does not come from your own community. We talk of the modernization in the 21st century but some things have not changed yet.
    Based on Chetan Bhagat’s much accomplished novel, here comes a funny ride on how love cum arrange marriages actually happen in India.

    ‘2 States’ is about Krish (Arjun Kapoor), a Punjabi who comes from Delhi, and Ananya (Alia Bhatt), a tamillian from Chennai. The two fall in love while studying their MBA at IIM-Ahmedabad. Everything becomes messed up when their parents meet at their convocation. There is a whole cultural clash and the parents obviously do not approve of the marriage. Now the biggest challenge which comes to both of them is to convince their own parents! Do their parents agree? Do Krish and Ananya sustain their love for each other during this battle?

    Director, Abhishek Varman maintains his honesty to the novel. It is a fine adaption of the book even though there is a little change in the end. Some scenes are beautifully adapted especially the one where Ananya’s mother (Revathi) sings Hindi songs in an event or the one where Krish shares his emotions with his father (Ronit Roy).
    ‘2 states’ does not limit itself to a rom com rather it is a journey which teaches you quite a few important lessons beyond the barriers of communities and castes.
    What goes wrong with the film is its pace. The running time is 150 minutes but the story takes its time to get to the point.

    Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead do a decent job, though I still believe better choices were possible for the role. Amrita Singh, as Krish’s Punjabi mother, is terrific. Her fine jokes on Madrasi’s just get better and better. Revathi reminds you of her time. Ronit Roy is outstanding. Maybe this kind of a role just goes with his personality.

    ‘2 states’ might not give you that ‘excellent’ impression but I am sure it will touch you somewhere.

    Rating- 3/5

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    Please do give your feedback guys.

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    1. Great review rohit going on your word since gaurav rai has gone missing

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  11. 2 STATES : It is undiscerning to the national best seller !!

    The most awaited romantic saga is out in the theaters.But,I am truly in a state of certainty to say that you would definitely find this love tale incapable of winning over your hearts,if you boot out the concluding 30 mins.of this film,which are an absolute gem.The story begins at IIM Ahmnedabad where Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Subramanian (Alia Bhatt) are MBA students and gradually love sprouts between them.This flick is all about convincing families with contradicting cultures.Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have lightened the silver screen with their benign presence.They are successful in impressing the audience with their acting prowess & excellent chemistry.The excellent supporting cast of Ronit Roy and Amrita Singh are the nervous system of this film.Music is good and plays a crucial part in sailing this film through.But,it's the flawy script which makes this watch vapid and extensive.Movie has a lot of crest and troughs and seems irksome at some points which blips it gravely.But,for some who see this tale of contradicting cultures as their future can bet a chance.Although,it would be wise enough if you spent your bucks on the immensely readable "2 STATES" than going for this marital biopic !!

    I'm going with a 2 / 5 for this film,their was much to be improved.

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  12. The above review is by VIKRANT SINGH you can contact me on:
    https://www.facebook.com/Vikrant2093
    email : thegreat.vikrant@gmail.com

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  13. Just saw the movie.movie was good but in the middle of the second half was boring.climax was good and story was also good.songs are fab.overall it's an one time watch film.rating 3/5

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  15. The story of 2 States is known to everyone. Even if one narrates it out in the review, it wouldn't be a spoiler, and so clearly that's not what I am going to do here. Clearly, adapted from Chetan Bhagat's best seller, the film is clearly not script-less. Like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, the pace in the first half, representing youthful energy, is quite fast. So fast, that some, who have not read the novel, might find themselves in a confused state in some scenes . Too much has been tried to fit in a small hour. Second half, loses its pace at points, but it does have some tickling moments and some really inspiring notes.
    Acting by the lead pair is not extraordinary, but they do justice to their roles. Arjun Kapoor has stepped on the path of versatility and he is near perfect. Having heard a lot about Alia's acting in Highway (heard, not seen), I had my hopes high to search a Parineeti in her, I must say I was slightly disappointed. But yes, she has come light years ahead of Student Of The Year and she did excellently well. The parents do an outstanding job. Ronit Roy fills the loop-holes in the film with his finesse in the role of a drunken harsh father (reminiscence of Udaan?)
    The cinematography is fine. Music is above average. Mast Magan is my personal favourite. However, Chandaniya's energetic music prevents the melodrama and the audience's tears. The background score suits well.
    Overall, 2 States is a must watch for the script, the performances and the honesty of the crew. Though it could have been a better film, it does entertain you and if you are a forgiving viewer, you might love it.
    I am going with a generous three-and-a-half out of five. I don't want my money back ;-)
    [3.5/5]

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  16. In nutshell 2 states is all about boy and girl from diverse culture. A Tamilian girl and Punjabi boy who fall in love in their college but their different cultures simply make their meeting a challenge. If you are among the audience of early 80’s you remember similar storyline embarking in the form of Ek Dhuuje Ke Liye (1980s) wherein a south Indian guy loves a Punjabi girl, wherein he takes all the pain to cross the hurdles but end up meeting a very sad end. Read more at http://www.justbollywood.in

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  17. #2States (Full fletched review) : No words to say. Just shaken my heart and still shaking. A sensational movie which is going to shake each and every generation. A must needed message for the indian (#OrthodoxThinking) parents. Parents say, "do not talk to a stranger but marry him". Is it really 21st century? Are we really broad minded? Yes, we are BUT our parents..NO NO NO. Why don't we have the authority to choose our life partner. Is it really just because our parents think that our love for them will decrease but they do not understand that it will not be decreased but shared and not forcibly but with LOVE. Go and watch this movie with your parents so that atleast once they think that is it really that bad to choose a life partner of one's own choice. I really cried in the movie. The father-son relation is also going to melt your heart and you won't be able to stop your tears.

    Final Verdict : 4.5*/5.

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  18. great Reviews from critics and all the comments this looks like a must watch

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  19. Watched da movie. Not upto ur expectations still just one time gud timepass. . Movie lacks fun in second part. Fun element cud hav been exploited more considering it was supposed to show differences between 2states cultures but it fails. Aaliya looks like a punjabi girl born to south indian family n acts very flat.. no south accent touch.. looks a misfit but u still can watch her as she is still fresh face for movie lovers.. other actors r too gud n get into character completely. . Movie is gud in first part but second part disappoints..Overall just a gud watch.. being generous 3/5

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  20. 2 States is a Romance-Comedy with all necessary requirements like well written screenplay, dialogues, music, best performances, fabulous direction, great production values [4.5/5]
    - Robin Parker

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  21. Movie is good... I enjoyed it... I dont know what lesson todays youth will take out of this movie. But if we only look from a moview perspective then its good...

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  22. 2 STATES:
    beautiful film but no signs of newness in the plot make it strictly watchable! [2.5/5]

    In order to impress his hardcore Tamilian future in-laws when Krish [Arjun Kapoor entering into a completely new territory of Bollywood’s safest road to win hearts; the romantic comedies], a Punjabi Chap brings Engagement-rings for everyone in the family, the statement comes out loud and clear, “Marry one-marry all”. Indian weddings can never get more comprised than in this particular scene in debutante Abhishek Verman’s 2 STATES. Impressive, moving and very well done but the biggest question here is if fine film-making could really save a film with absolute no meat in the plot and all ‘done in the past’ predictability that comes handy in any such Bollywood Film. Sadly, the answer falls in negative.

    Based on the bestseller of Chetan Bhagat’s kind of autobiographical novel of same name, 2 STATES tries to bring two different cultures, two different families helmed by their own set of lifestyles and ‘hard to break or mold’ establishments in thoughts, under one wedding-Mandup. Krish falls in love with Ananya [Alia Bhatt comfortably stepping in the shoes]. Ananya falls for Krish too but their families don’t as one comes from the loud Punjabi culture and the other backed by Tamilian traditions.

    The boy and girl try to woo their parents in any which way they could but rather than getting excited and on your nerves to find out how, you would end up waiting with a big ‘when’ on your face. The plot that shares similarities with most of the Indian love stories produced in the past never actually rises from just looking great, vibrant and immensely fresh in every frame. No one should sink in doubts that this is one of the finest in terms of cinematography and set direction. There is hardly any frame that doesn’t make your heart feel drenched in true Indian colors.

    What kills the chance is the obviousness in the way story moves forward. The sweat couple in love put one after another fall like house of the cards but towards end, it doesn’t take more than a couple of minute to set all the puzzle-pieces together. Convenience at its best! Jokes are clearly more on colour, rituals, taste and choices in art and food and anything you could think of easily. Though Verman controls himself from making characters stereotyped [Alia doesn’t carry any south-Indian accent] and that should be praised wholeheartedly!

    In a deliciously ensemble cast, Amrita Singh plays a bitchy-overtly possessive Punjabi mother to Krish with fine nuisances. Ronit Roy as his unapologetic yet emotional father excels in most to bring lumps in your throat especially at the end. Shiv Subramanian and Revathy play it smooth, subtle and sweet as Tamilian parents to Ananya. Watch out for Revathy singing the soulful ‘Saathiya, yeh tune kya kiya’ from her 1991 film LOVE! Lovely addition!!

    Of the lead, Alia looks garden fresh and emotes too. Her presence sparks the screen making it a picture perfect sight to rest your eyes. Arjun as a geeky, confused, nervous lover boy shows his growing confidence as an actor. In conclusion, 2 STATES is a beautiful film let down by a superficial plot and a stretched at long duration only to ruin all the promises that could have turned the table in a better direction all together. Alas, no signs of newness in the plot make it strictly watchable! [2.5/5]

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    1. HI GAURAV,
      THIS TIME U GAVE THE REVIEW TOO LATE.
      I WAITED ,BUT HAD TO SEE BEFORE READING YOUR REVIEW THIS TIME.ANY WAY,FOUND EXACTLY SAME THING ABOUT THE MOVIE AS YOUR REVIEW.THUS,FURTHER STRENGTHEING THE BELIEF ON YOUR REVIEW.RAJEEV MASAND AND YOU,ON THE SAME LINES ALMOST ALWAYS.BUT AS MASAND SIR GIVES A BIT LATER,WE USUALLY DECIDE OVER MOVIE FOR SUNDAY WRT YOUR REVIEWS.AND NEVER REGRETTED.

      Ashis from Vadodara

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    2. thanks Ashish!! I was busy with an important family affair so couldn't post my review earlier. I 'll try my best to be on time from next time! keep writing bro :)

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    3. Your reviews are much more genuine than that of the above. I prefer to read your reviews as you give a detailed explanation for your inference. Keep up your good work.

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  23. kya hal hein .sb set hai.

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  24. Hey how r u all

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  25. Movie is crap. Wasted money thanks to pvr for awesome recliner. DON'T watch it if you don't like love story. In fact don't watch it even if you like love stories.

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  26. Movie is only good at climax.

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