“Two States” is a humdrum tale (Bhagat calls it the story of his marriage...gimme a break) of a Punjabi Munda meeting a Madraasi ponnu ( naah correction Tamilian ) in the IIM Ahmedabad campus over watery sambar. She opts for his company and chicken instead, they study together sometime, have great sex the other times, sing songs in the campus (that’s what campuses and corridors are for in Karan Johar enterprises, so what if its IIM Ahmedabad, is it that sacred?) and then decide to upgrade their status from “Friends with benefits” to “Committed” to “I want to marry you, even if I propose to you while you are being interviewed on Placement day”. Punju and Tamilian is an excuse for melodrama and caricatured stereotypes. Give them great clothes and we have the city audience in the bag, the melodrama would ensure the non-metro audiences are not excluded from making their just contributions at the ticket counters. Add in an extra marriage for good measure. A marriage makes every Indian amenable towards a movie. We shall have clashes for sometime then each one on both sides who opposes shall be won over by the prospect from the other side. It is fashionable to have a child parent discord issue, dysfunctional families are in these days. Then when the dysfunctional parent in one dramatic moment resolves all the problems that really weren't we shall have the happily ever after ending.
Q. Does the movie work?
A. Yes, despite all the taam jhaam from above, quite well in fact, why, here’s why?
a) Abhishek Varman the director has done a fantastic job on the screenplay, he has dumped the chaff and retained the wheat and rice . After all that’s what’s the tale is about; Rice N Wheat.
As for the movie, It certainly is a good watch for sure, much better than the book was as a read. It will only endorse the fact that Hindi cinema blockbusters would rarely ever be about the story, but shall always be about the star power.