Film Review | 2 States2 min read 18 Apr 2014, 11:58 AM IST
A tedious, overblown soap opera
Campus romance, family strife, clash of austere South and profligate North, post-global India neutered to ugliness—Abhishek Varman’s 2 States, like the novel by best-selling author Chetan Bhagat on which it is based, has the ingredients of a profitable prime time TV commodity. Ego clashes of the saas-bahu kind abound in this story. Binod Pradhan’s cinematography makes the big screen adaptation somewhat justifiable, as does Alia Bhatt’s screen persona and performance—she fits perfectly in as the upper middle-class Tamil heroine from Chennai. But the 149-minutes of the film’s running time, swelling with stale North-South attributes, is overstretching the material. This is not the Eighties, and K Balachnader’s Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) can’t represent this great divide. 2 States is more like the Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) of the 21st century. But the girl speaks up, and speaks sense. The rest is a cosmetically modern middle-class India.