Monday, April 21, 2014

Alia Bhatt shines in 2 States

The critics were luke-warm but our friends who saw the movie (across age group) liked it very much. This is also great news since newbie director Abhishek Varman has succeeded in his first attempt, OTOH Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt will prolong the stranglehold of dynasties in Bollywood (we still wish them well).

In spite of the IPL fever, this film has been declared the biggest hit of 2014 so far. Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about the film's success,"#2States all set to cross $ 1 million mark in USA-Canada in opng wknd itself. BIGGEST OPENER of 2014 there. Excellent!"

Writer Chetan Bhagat who was in an ecstatic mood also took to Twitter to post, "Kudos @abhivarman and his entire team | 2 States Emerges Biggest Hit Of 2014. 2 States opening wknd ~Rs40cr, similar to 3 Idiots opening wknd! Only this time, with debut director, upcoming actors! Miracles do happen." 

The film raked in around Rs.12 crore on its opening day in the country (India). According to sources, the first day collection for the entertainer, directed by first-timer Abhishek Varman, is Rs. 12.42 cr net.
The movie was released in nearly 2,400 screens worldwide. In India, "2 States" released in over 2,000 screens and internationally, it released in close to 350 screens in 30 countries.

......Alia Bhatt too could not hide her excitement post the film's release, considering her last film Highway did not fare too well at the Box Office. She tweeted, " Thank you all for all the love !!!!!! Soo overwhelmed with the response to #2states !!! We do this for you and just you .. Thank you #1love.

Review (no spoiler): Pretty Tam Brahm ‘ponnu’ plus ‘hatta katta’ Punjabi munda equals to match made in heaven? If you go by ’2 States’, yes, but getting to it is long and arduous. The film sets out to be a solid, emotionally satisfying rom com, and goes well for a bit but then turns into a too-stretched-out ‘jhagda’ between the two sets of North-South parents. And the romance gets short shrift. 

It’s the meet–the-parents aspect of the plot, based on Chetan Bhagat’s autobiographical novel of the same name, that becomes too much: just why are parents in this day and age so fiercely opposed to the union of ‘chicken’ and ‘sambhar’? Mr Malhotra (Ronit Roy) drinks and is obnoxious. Mrs Malhotra (Amrita Singh) feels that Ananya has ‘phansaaoed’ their ‘gora chitta ladka’. The truth is that Ananya is more ‘gori’ and ‘chitti’ than their sonny boy, and holds down an equally well-paying job. So what’s the problem?

When the going is good, both Kapoor and Bhatt, she more than he, rise above the film’s flaws. He has a few good moments. But Alia Bhatt is a surprise. She leaves behind her earlier films, and gets into her character: she may not be an authentic ‘Southie’ in terms of body language, but she is all girl, easy and fresh and natural.

It’s nice to see Bollywood attempting to create a contemporary young couple. I liked the way they proceed without fuss into that most modern of compacts — of attraction that leads to conjugation, minus coyness.

Get the outdated folks out of the way, make it crisper, and show us what Krish and Ananya did next. I’m waiting.
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