Finally, it’s out! The much awaited trailer of the Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer ‘2 States’ finally1 released today noon much to the shouts of being called na engagement ceremony of the lead pair of the movie, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Yes, Alia Bhatt had made an eye-catching tweet yesterday, “I am getting engaged!!!”
It was only after an hour later elucidated by Chetan Bhagat that it’s actually the trailer launch of the movie that they were calling as an engagement. Not just that, a proper invitation card was sent as well Wonder, will they call the actual release of the movie a wedding?
Anyway, an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller novel of the same name, ‘2 States’ is a rom-com where the couple, two IIM graduates, struggles to get their parent’s approval to marry with their choice. And that’s just because they are from two different states of the same country – Punjab and Tamil Nadu. However, it’s not only their states why differences crop up on their way, but it’s also because of the difference in their language, culture, color, way of living and what-not!
However, the first look of the movie fails to meet the expectations that the superbly funny book had set ablaze. While we do get to see crackling chemistry between Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt with two of them getting involved physically, the humour quotient is very much missing. The scenes that were a ROFL moment in the book look plain in the trailer. Not just that, even Arjun Kapoor looks a case of wrong casting for playing Krish Malhotra in the movie. While the character was a geek and sarcastic at the same time in the novel, Arjun Kapoor looks rather dumb playing the part. He does not conveince in the role of a smart guy who cracked IIM entrance exam.
However, it’s the nation’s cutie-pie, Alia Bhatt, who shines in the role of Ananya Swaminanthan. A Tamil Brahminian who is much of a city girl and does not do an aiyyo every five minutes, Alia looks perfectly cast. She is beautiful, cute and breezy. A perfect choice to essay Ananya’s role!
Talking about the supporting characters, they had added loads of funny instances in the story in Chetan Bhagat’s work. However, the supporting cast, which boasts of strong names as Amrita Singh, Ronit Roy and Revathi, too seem unitrested in playing their part. They do not seem to match up the work. They are mostly plain, not adding anything to the rather dumb second-half of the trailer.
However, it’s the first-half of the trailer that is to be praised as it hits the right chord. The scenes are beautiful and do not seem forced or over-rehearsed.
But as a whole, the trailer is surely a disappointment. A downer!
Check the trailer right here:
Directed by debutant Abhishek Varman, ‘2 States’ is acheduled to release on April 18, 2014.