I know most of you are expecting me to make some sort of awesome announcement, but I’m not ready to do it yet! So ha. Soon, I promise!
What I will tell you is that I saw the movie ‘2 States’ which is a Bollywood flick based on India’s bestselling author Chetan Bhagat’s same-titled novel. I LOVE Chetan Bhagat, and not just because he’s Punjabi (balle, balle). It’s because his books, which are written in English but published in India, are so…normal. They involve heavy issues with ordinary characters living extraordinary lives. Most importantly, his stories aren’t strangers to the big screen. ‘3 Idiots’ was based off of one of his books and that was a super hit movie. That’s why I had such high hopes for ‘2 States.’
My overwhelming opinion of the movie was that I felt like it could have been better. That’s such an ‘eh’ answer, I know, but it’s true!
The story is about a couple from two very different cultural backgrounds who fall in love and want to get married. The hero wants to make a lot of money so he could eventually become a writer. He comes from a broken home where his father has a drinking/anger problem. The girl comes from a very strict Tamilian background where the mother has a dream of being a traditional singer. They have to convince their parents to meet in the middle and agree to a marriage.
To avoid giving away any spoilers, here’s my take on the movie: the editing job is what kind of killed the flick for me and made it lukewarm when I was hoping for hot. The story is disrupted with scenes in which the hero is talking to a psychiatrist. At first you think the hero is talking to the psychiatrist and telling the story as if it already happened, but then you realize that the hero is changing in every scene that he talking to the shrink. He’s aging as the the story is progressing which means he’s talking to the psychiatrist as the story is progressing. Okay that was a bit of a spoiler, but you have to forgive me. I kind of had to get that off my chest.
I also think that the movie length could have been trimmed. There was no one climactic scene. At least I didn’t feel one. I’m one of those people that could really go for a major moment in the story that gets my pulse racing. There were mini moments throughout the movie that had higher tension points, but that’s about it. Nothing that was a definitive moment.
All in all, I thought the movie had a great cast and awesome music. There were a lot of really funny parts, and I think the dialog was rich and believable. The core conflict was also rich and believable which is so important in realistic fiction. Just not as good as the last two Dharma Production films I’ve seen recently. Looking forward to the next one from Karan Johar’s house, though!