Two States.


The uber efficient Geeta kept badgering her fellow alumni to join her and Koushik to see Two States, an Indian movie based on a campus romance between a Punjabi lad and a Tamilian lass which took place in the Institute Of Management from where all of us had graduated. It was pointed out to us by her that a number of scenes in the movie were shot in the Institute and it would be nice to see the movie in a group.

So, I took her invitation seriously and went to see the film yesterday afternoon.  The day incidentally was the hottest day this summer clocking 40.3 d C.  It was nice to have lunch before the movie in air-conditioned comfort at a restaurant that I had never been to before at Dorabjee’s in what we call the Camp here in Pune with Mitali who agreed to join me and my fellow alumni for the movie and also the movie and post movie coffee at the food court in the mall where we had seen the movie also in air-conditioned comfort.

The film is a worth-going-to one with some excellent acting, direction and photography depicting two vastly different cultures quite crisply and showing the various emotions on display with delicate touches of direction and acting.  The humour which is part of the plot comes through in subtle metaphors and since our crowd was quite eclectic we were able to catch the nuances and enjoy them. Since Shekhar had had a roaring campus romance during his stay there, he was in raturues! The scenes at the institute took us back on nostalgia trips and that was  a nice feeling too.

The story incidentally is based on a highly popular novel written by a graduate from the institute and is supposed to  be autobiographical.  If that is true, the conflicts in the story line have been handled with great delicacy and I particularly could identify with the strained relationship between the hero and his father.  It was also quite fascinating for me to revisit Delhi and Chennai where I have lived.

As I have experienced before too in this particular theater, the sound was too loud and that was the only jarring part of the experience.  I will remember to take some cotton to plug my ears the next time I go there to see a movie.

Thank you Geeta for getting me out of my comfort zone in the heat to go through a thoroughly enjoyable outing.  Thanks  Shekhar, Shilpa, Mukund, Koushik and Mitali for the post movie coffee session which was enjoyed more than us by the visitors in the neighbouring tables.

Apart from all those expressions of gratitude, a special one again for Geeta for the unexpected treat that she gave me.  And another special one for Mitali who has decided that I am an alley cat.

My rating for the movie?[rating=5]

11 thoughts on “Two States.”

    1. I don’t remember ear plugs so I use paper or go to the bathroom 7 get toilet paper to plug my ears.

  1. one of the most pleasurable things to me about seeing a good movie is the meeting for coffee later and discussing it!
    it’s one of the things i miss most about my time with bob. we used to do that and it was lovely.
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  2. Ramana
    While I would appreciate the fact the you enjoyed watching a film that too with your Alumni friends which would have brought back nostalgic memories of the days you spent therein, I have a different take on it which may be in contrast. Accepted that it was a nice simple “story” I felt it a little disappointed especially the lead cast of Arjun Kapoor (who tried his best but was listless, expressionless), and the leading lady Alisha Bhatt (was passable and lack of acting exposure shows up).
    Personally I would have loved to see Ranbhir Kapoor with someone like Anushkha Sharma, perhaps they would have infused some more life into the characters. The senior actors were restrained too but overall ok though. I too felt the same feeling that it could be an autobiography of Chetan Bhagat. Perhaps there could have been a little more humor punched into the story, The versions of the “two states” have been portrayed fairly well, but rather seriously. After seeing something like “Queen” in recent times, and accepted that it is a different story all together, and not comparing it from any other angle except value for money and time, my overall experience was that “Two States,” is a very ordinary movie. These are purely my thoughts and I take entire responsibility for all that I said here.
    TSK. Raman

    1. Having just seen Ranveer Kapur in Lootera last night on DVD, I beg to disagree. I don’t think that he could have done a better job. I somehow cannot picture either Kangana Ranaut or even Shruti Hassan in the role of the heroine here. I saw one of my nieces in Alisha with more or less the same mannerisms and agression that the latter portrayed. But, taste differs from person to person and let us not let such differences come in the way of our fascination for the movies.

  3. It’s not likely I’ll get to see thio some but I have seen some like it although not with a similar connection as you and your friends. And as to louds – well you’d have a tough time with me – I crank my home theater up whenever possible.- gotta feel those big explosions and hear those quiet whispers.

  4. i had fun watching you and your IIM clique 😛 The movie was entertaining, but the way everything just superbly fell into place right at the last minute was a bit much. But it was a good thing that there weren’t too many songs

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