Ronit Roy (Vikram Malhotra), Amrita Singh (Kavita Malhotra), Shiv Kumar
Subramaniam (Shiv Swaminathan), Revathy (Radha Swaminathan), Sharang Natarajan
(Manjuntah Swaminathan), Ankit Chitral, Achint Kaur
of My Marriage’)
semi-autobiographical novel ‘2 States: The Story of My Marriage’ (a bestseller),
is light-hearted, maintains the core of the book, and presented in a very
simple yet engaging manner. The movie begins with Krish Malhotra’s (Arjun
Kapoor) session with a psychiatrist where he expresses his depression, suicidal
tendencies. The movie unfolds further with the IIM–Ahmedabad campus rendezvous
of Krish, the Punjabi boy with Tamil Brahmin Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) at
mess. Instant connect between the two is shown. Ananya keeps on counting the
score of IITians who proposed her. Krish does not obviously want to be one
amongst them. Their campus life, evolution of their relationship from being ‘just
friends’ to the love-birds (physically and mentally), combined studies, and
off-campus eateries’ hang-outs are all portrayed beautifully through songs –
Offo and Locha-E-Ulfat. Krish and Ananya look good together with Krish being
the quiet, reserved, yet assertive one and Ananya being the self-assured,
expressive one. After two-years of courtship, both Krish and Ananya commit to
each other. But then begins the real challenge of convincing their respective
families. A typical face-off i.e. North Vs. South in between Ananya’s parents
(Shiv and Radha Swaminathan essayed by Shiv Kumar Subramaniam and Revathy) and Krish’
mother Kavita Malhotra (Amrita Singh) during the convocation is portrayed
realistically. Krish and Ananya chose the tough path to convince one another’s
parents rather than just eloping. We can see the efforts taken by both of them
to win parents’ approval for their marriage.
discomfort and the pressures due to diverse culture, playful digs at one
another’s culture, turbulent relationship between Krish and his alcoholic /
abusive father Vikram Malhotra (Ronit Roy), impact of parents’ clash on krish’
character, northern culture of dowry being a very regular thing, Krish’ bonding
with mother, Ananya requesting his father to be nice to krish, Krish’ mother
being possessive of him, perceptual differences etc. without any melodrama.
convincing their parents that they truly love each other in spite of the culture,
community, religion, language differences ? If yes, how ? And, if yes, how long
the efforts continue ? Do their love survive the conflicts in between their
families? Does actually some love is left between them in midst of uncertainties
and family conflicts?
and Story Writer:
Definitely the book is a delight to read, but the movie also showcases various
and their Performance:
his relationship with his mother. Even he projects his emotional vulnerability well
as far as his relationship with father is concerned. I adored those moments
when his eyes spoke his love towards Ananya.
performance. Though she doesn’t look much of a south-indian, but she has
carried the character on her shoulders very well. She looks pretty, charming
Ronit as Krish’ father Vikram although has less frames, still, he is very very
good. He brings lot of depth to the character.
Ananya’s brother Manjuntah Swaminathan is also noticeable.
sister also gives a good performance.
(Aditi Singh Sharma, Amitabh Bhattacharya) and Locha-E-Ulfat (Benny Dayal) are
full of energy. Iski Uski (Akriti Kakkar, Shahid Mallaya, Shankar Mahadevan), Chaandaniya
(K Mohan, Yashita Sharma) and Hullaa Re (Shankar Mahadevan, Siddharth
Mahadevan, Rasika Shekhar) are also good.
all very nicely.
to watch out for:
to the complete family: I want to marry all of you. He has actually brought
rings for all of them. Krish hugging his father towards the end of the movie.
with this simple movie. And for all those people who did inter-caste or
cross-culture marriage are definitely going to relate with the story.
flow. Probably the dialogue by Krish (to express that it was natural to feel
towards Ananya) was not required: “Punjabi hoon. Khoon garam hota hai humara.”