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2 States is a charming Bollywood film released in 2014, directed by Abhishek Varman. This romantic drama is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's bestselling novel of the same name. Set against the backdrop of the diverse and colourful culture of India, the movie takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride through the complexities of intercultural relationships.

The story revolves around Krish Malhotra, played by Arjun Kapoor, a Punjabi boy from Delhi, and Ananya Swaminathan, portrayed by Alia Bhatt, a Tamilian girl from Chennai. Despite coming from different cultural backgrounds, Krish and Ananya fall deeply in love during their time at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad.

Their journey is not an easy one, as they face numerous challenges arising from the clash between their families' traditions and expectations. The film beautifully depicts the contrasting customs, languages, and cuisines of North and South India, highlighting the rich diversity of the country.

With its delightful blend of romance, comedy, and drama, 2 States offers a heartfelt exploration of love, relationships, and the complexities of intercultural unions. The film's stellar performances, captivating storyline, and vibrant music make it a must-watch for Bollywood enthusiasts and fans of heartfelt romantic dramas alike.


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Movie Name

2 States

Directed by

Abhishek Varman

Screenplay by

Abhishek Varman

Story by

Chetan Bhagat, Abhishek Varman, and Hussain Dalal

Produced by

Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala


Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt


Binod Pradhan

Edited by

Namrata Rao

Music by

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Tubby-Parik

Based on

2 States by Chetan Bhagat

Production Company

Dharma Productions and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment

Distributed by

UTV Motion Pictures

Release Date

18 April 2014


2 Hours 30 Minutes






₹45 Crore (approx.)


2 States is a romantic drama that revolves around the love story of Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt), two young individuals hailing from different cultural backgrounds. The movie is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name.

Krish, a Punjabi boy from Delhi, and Ananya, a Tamil Brahmin girl from Chennai, meet at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A). As they spend time together, their friendship blossoms into love. After completing their post-graduation, the couple decides to get married with the blessings of their families.

However, their families' diverse cultural backgrounds become a significant obstacle in their journey to unite. Krish's family is loud and boisterous, while Ananya's family is conservative and orthodox. The couple faces numerous challenges as they attempt to persuade their parents to accept their relationship.

Ananya's family accepts Krish's symbolic marriage proposal. Krish and Ananya go to New Delhi to impress Krish's family. After Ananya saves Krish's cousin's wedding from a dowry issue, Kavita and her family warm up to her. Krish and Ananya have a family holiday in Mumbai before the wedding. But Kavita's insults about Tamilian culture eventually ruin the holiday. Ananya and her parents also hear Krish lie to his mother about treating Ananya however she wants when they marry. Ananya leaves Krish after he insults her too much.

Krish and Ananya struggle without each other. Krish becomes a workaholic and melancholy, writing about his story with Ananya. She urges him to avoid communicating when he visits her in Chennai. Later, Ananya calls to tell him that Vikram had secretly come down to Chennai to speak to her parents, apologising for his wife's poor behaviour and convincing them to change their minds.

This permits Krish and Ananya to marry, with Krish and his family travelling to Chennai via rail. His father initially says he won't attend the wedding to avoid embarrassment, but at the last minute, he flies down to Chennai with Krish, seeing his rental car outside the hotel, and surprises his mother by announcing that he'll be there before the ceremony. Kavita receives an apology from Vikram.

Ananya gives birth to twin boys after marrying. Krish resigns from his bank position and publishes his novel 2 States, which is based on his and Ananya's lives.


The teaser trailer for 2 States was published at the same time as Hasee Toh Phasee, which was released on February 7, 2014.


2-States-Reviews-Image.tring.jpg2 States is a delightful Bollywood film that beautifully captures the complexities of intercultural relationships with a perfect blend of romance, comedy, and drama. Directed by Abhishek Varman and based on Chetan Bhagat's bestselling novel, the movie leaves a lasting impression with its engaging storyline and stellar performances.

One of the film's greatest strengths lies in its relatability. It skillfully explores the challenges faced by couples hailing from different cultural backgrounds in India. The clash between North and South Indian traditions is depicted with authenticity, showcasing the stark differences in language, cuisine, and customs. This serves as a catalyst for both humor and conflict, allowing the audience to empathize with the characters and their struggles.

The chemistry between the lead pair, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, is electrifying. They effortlessly bring their characters, Krish and Ananya, to life, infusing them with charm, warmth, and vulnerability. Their on-screen presence is captivating, and their emotional journey keeps the viewers invested throughout the film.

The supporting cast also delivers commendable performances. Revathy and Shiv Kumar Subramaniam excel as Ananya's parents, portraying the complexities of parental expectations and the fear of cultural dilution. Amrita Singh shines as Krish's mother, depicting the protective and opinionated nature of a Punjabi matriarch.

The film strikes a perfect balance between lighthearted moments and poignant emotional scenes. The screenplay is well-crafted, with witty dialogue and seamless transitions between comedy and drama. The vibrant cinematography and catchy music further enhance the storytelling, immersing the audience in the world of Krish and Ananya.

What sets 2 States apart is its underlying message of love and acceptance. It emphasizes the importance of understanding, respecting, and embracing cultural differences for the sake of true love. The film successfully portrays the power of love in bridging gaps and bringing people together.

With its engaging storyline, exceptional performances, and meaningful message, this movie is a true gem in the realm of romantic dramas.



Character Analysis









Aditi Singh Sharma and Amitabh Bhattacharya




Benny Dayal



Mast Magan

Arijit Singh and Chinmayi




K. Mohan and Yashita Sharma



Hullaa Re

Shankar Mahadevan, Siddharth Mahadevan, and Rasika Shekar



Iski Uski

Akriti Kakkar, Shahid Mallya, and Shankar Mahadevan



Isayin Alai

Mahalaxmi Iyer


Behind the Scenes

On January 29, 2013, principal photography began with the recording of a song. In August 2013, parts of the film were shot in Chennai, Delhi, IIM-A, and Gol Limda Bhajiya House near Astodia Darwaza, Ahmedabad Railway Station, and the Police Commissioner's office in Ahmedabad. Throughout the movie, Alia displayed an Indian Fusion style, and Manish Malhotra was responsible for designing her clothes. Alia describes her role as a City Girl who only speaks Tamil with her parents. The censor board gave the film a U/A rating.

Remo D'Souza is responsible for the choreography and the concept behind the song Offo. The song is a celebration of various Indian festivals that take place over the course of practically an entire year. It was shot at IIM Ahmedabad campus as well as Filmistan Studio in Mumbai over the course of four days.


While the film was well-received by the majority of the audience, a few aspects sparked discussions and raised concerns among certain groups. Here are some controversies related to the movie:

Box Office Collection


2 States made ₹120 million (US$1.5 million) on day one. The second day's collections were ₹118 million (US$1.5 million), bringing the two-day total to ₹238 million (US$3.0 million). Mumbai, Mysore, Delhi-UP, CP Berar, CI, Nizam, and Rajasthan had a great response. 

Box Office India declared the film a Super Hit after two days. It grossed ₹280 million rupees (US$3.5 million) in three days in multiplexes and single screens. 2 States had a domestic net of ₹811 million (US$10 million). The movie’s overall collection is ₹175 Crore.



Date of ceremony




Star Box Office India Awards


Box Office India Magic

2 States


Stardust Awards, India


Best Supporting Actress

Amrita Singh


Stardust Awards, India


Best Supporting Actor

Ronit Roy


Stardust Awards, India


Best Supporting Actress



Stardust Awards, India


Best Actor in a Comedy or Romance

Arjun Kapoor


Filmfare Awards


Best Playback Singer - Male

Benny Dayal (Locha-E-Ulfat)


Filmfare Awards


Best Playback Singer - Male

Arijit Singh (Mast Magan)


Filmfare Awards


Best Supporting Actress

Amrita Singh


Filmfare Awards


Best Supporting Actor

Ronit Roy


Filmfare Awards


Best Debut Director

Abhishek Varman


Global Indian Music Awards


Best Film Album

Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, and Loy Mendonsa


Mirchi Music Awards


Best Music Composer Of The Year

Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, and Loy Mendonsa (Mast Magan)


Interesting Facts


2-States-Conclusion-Image.tring.jpg2 States ultimately emphasizes the importance of understanding, respect, and compromise in the pursuit of love. It showcases the potential for personal growth and the breaking down of barriers when individuals open their hearts and minds to different cultures. The film's underlying message of unity and acceptance resonates beyond its storyline, reminding viewers of the strength and beauty that lie in embracing diversity.

Despite the controversies, the movie has left an indelible mark on Bollywood cinema.

It continues to be celebrated for its entertaining blend of romance, comedy, and drama, as well as its exploration of intercultural dynamics.

Whether as a source of laughter, tears, or introspection, the film serves as a reminder that love knows no boundaries and that the power of understanding can conquer even the most challenging cultural divides.

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