The day it was announced that Karan Johar would be producing the country’s most celebrated novel in the romantic genre ‘2 States’ by renowned writer Chetan Bhagat, I fairly remember the whole nation going GaGa over it. There were online & offline discussions about how an entire book would be converted into a full fledged feature film. What scenes would be shown exactly how each one of us read it? What sequences would they simply cut off to entertain & fill the audience with emotions?
Being a Bollywood buff & for the love of my films under the banner of Dharma Productions, I was bound to exactly know what was the story of this book that almost everyone I met had read. I wouldn’t be ashamed to admit that I’m an occasional reader (One of the reasons why my writing wouldn’t be precise or accurate). Infact, the reader bug has only bit me when my best friend from school forced me to buy a few novels on my way back to Middle East from India. It was my college friend who was into reading and fortunately had a personal copy of Chetan Bhagat’s ‘2 States’. What is when I read the book and awakened the imaginary side of my brain to visualize this love story which would connect to all of us in some way or the other.
I instantly fell in Love with the characters of the film and precisely loved the fact that one could relate to it because in a way all of us are modern yet traditional at our hearts given the roots we belong to. My career choice and passion is Social Media Marketing and Public Relations. Though my parents have come to terms that this is what I would be doing for a living, I know that it is my responsibility too to try my hands on a career they would have wished I pursued. Personally, this is how I could relate to the story. Your parents approval is what Indianizes you and why should it not? After all they’ve given you existence.
‘The Fan Girl’ as she prefers her to be called, was the one who decided to collaborate with me on my dream of promoting a film on social media platforms that I believed in so much. This wasn’t just a film, it was a journey. The makers are unaware but during the process there were circumstances we’ve gone through and cherish and regret moments from that phase.
Alia Bhatt, this little angel! When she tells you, “You’re the most important person in my life right now”, when I met at her the screening of her debut film ‘Student Of The Year’, you feel special. Just like ‘The Fan Girl’ who has been announced the first and most important fan by the Man Arjun Kapoor himself. So the heights of our enthusiasm and excitement for this film can only be imagined.
What followed were days and nights spent on twitter and Facebook to make sure no stone lefts unturned to give this movie what it deserves, a Blockbuster status! A benchmark for my skills were set when my Facebook page for the film had crossed a million likes overnight and this historic moment turned into a nightmare when the official FB page for ‘2 States’ got verified and my fan page was blown away the next morning. Well, the show must go on, they say and my 2 states twitter page had more followers than the official twitter page at that point of time. The marketing team of Dharma Productions got in touch with me to give away the movie merchandise through my page via contests. The next major thing was the ‘Only Arjun Kapoor Fans screening’ conducted wholly & solely by my partner in crime,’The Fan Girl’.
Did I forget to mention that the other milestone was an all over India trend which was a part of the contest being ran by me during the release week of the film? Take a look at the following tweet:
@2States_FC: RT “@trendinaliaIN: @2States_FC the 1st mention of #2StatesOFFO appears on your TL. Now is Trending Topic in India! #trndnl
Well this was a summary of my ‘2 States’ story, apart from being compared to a character called ‘Mohit’ whenever I would dress up in a collared t-shirt, an important character in The Fan Girl’s crazy life, as well as the one who bought comical magic to the college phase of the film.
It is at IIM Ahmedabad when Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) spots his lady love Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) for the first time fighting for her rights to have access to tasty and clean food at the canteen. It leads to a chicken lunch in desire of fulfilling their stomachs with good food, where their relationship kick starts in the most unexpected way, with a fight! Next you know Krish is his dream girl’s tutor and is constantly bullied by his classmates Mohit and Mohit. 2 years pass by & the two love birds only fall deep in love with each other. On the recruitment drive day, Krish pops the question to Ananya she waited all her life for, “Will you marry me?” in the middle of an interview for Sunsilk’s marketing associate position. The proposal’s awkwardness only gives her the confidence to nail the interview and land herself a job back in her hometown, Chennai. They are firm to get married but is that enough for them to become one? No! The actual struggle begins then.
Meet The Parents! It’s the convocation and there is no better opportunity than this for both the parents to mingle. The Punjabi mother Kavita Malhotra (Amrita Singh) comes alone to see her son graduate while Dad, Krish Malhotra (Ronit Roy) keeps his ego high and gives the ceremony a pass. She meets these simple and grounded South Indians Radha Swaminathan (Revathy) & Shiv Swaminathan (Shiv Kumar Subramaniam) and they don’t gel up at all. This attempt fails, however, Krish and Ananya’s passionate love doesn’t. Despite returning to their respective hometowns, Krish decides to take up his Yes Bank job offer in Chennai to stay close to Ananya going against his mother’s wish for him to stay in Delhi.
Krish arrives to a totally strange Chennai, settles in & decides to meet Ananya the next day. Unaware of how the Swaminathans would react, Krish enters a silent Saasural of his where he has an awkward conversation with the head of the house Shiv and a minimal interaction with Radha. Ananya decides that for Krish to be able to become a regular visitor at her residence, he will have to tutor her brother Manju Swaminathan (Sharang Natarajan). Here Krish wins Radha’s heart, however, Shiv isn’t easy to vow.
Krish helps Ananya’s Dad in making his boring bank manager job interesting by making a presentation that would save his job. Now after making Daddy old look cool, the next thing Krish does to seal his approval deal is make Radha, the closet singer, ooze confidence by signing in the presence of Shankar Mahadevan at a Yes Bank musical concert in Pondicherry. The entire family is in awe of Krish and that is when he produces solitaries for the Swaminathan family asking them to marry him and allow him to be a part of their family. However, their concern of their daughter Ananya being accepted by the Malhotras is questionable.
Now, Ananya is to vow the Delhites. She joins Krish in his return to Delhi & this shocks both Kavita & her sister Shipra Mehra (Achint Kaur). On her way to the Malhotra house, Ananya is taunted & explained why Krish is the most eligible bachelor of Delhi & how he has a parade of girls lining up for him. This upsets her & she complains Krish. However, she is calmed by Krish & is asked to help his Mom in cooking so that she begins to win her heart. But the ruthless Punjabi at heart, Kavita is in no mood to be won over. Ananya’s attempt fails and she shifts to a guest house, however, agrees to be a part of Krish’s cousin Duke’s wedding with Minty. There she saves the marriage by voicing up against dowry and wins over the heart of the Malhotras.
Now the families are happy with the partners of their respective children. It’s time for the Malhotras & Swaminathans to get along! Krish and Ananya decide to take a vacation with their families before the wedding. The vacation does not go as planned when Kavita makes continuous snide remarks about Tamilian culture. Furthermore, Ananya and her parents overhear Krish falsely assuring his mother that she can treat Ananya however she wants after they are married. Having had enough of the insults, Ananya calls off the wedding and both return to their respective hometowns.
Their souls though are inseparable and living without each other gets difficult for them. In depression, Krish decides to compile all his encounters with Ananya and the related incidents to relive them all. He mends his differences with his Dad Vikram, however, his relation with his Mom spoils for her not letting Ananya come into the family. Krish flies to Chennai to apologize to Ananya but she breaks up with him saying their families would never become one. One fine day, Krish in Delhi gets a call from Ananya, who reveals that Krish’s father had come down to Chennai to speak to her parents, apologizing for his wife’s shallow behavior. This gesture by his Dad leaves Krish surprised, given the fact a few years ago their relationship had gone for a toss when he had slapt his father for abusing his Mom & being dominant. The wedding comes back on track in Chennai & the entire Malhotra family travels to attend a morning wedding ceremony unlike what they would have expected. Vikram shows up at the wedding surprising Kavita and their family bond grows stronger than ever. Krish & Ananya finally unite people from two diverse backgrounds and mentality with their immense love & at the end they’re shown to have blessed with twins who they believe do not belong to any particular state but to Love!