Pics & Trailer: Alia Bhatt as Tamilian and Arjun Kapoor as Punjabi in 2 States

Archana Venkatraman

Chetan Bhagat's novel 2 States will be brought to the silver screen by Karan Johar's production with Alia Bhatt playing the Tamilian in love with Arjun Kapoor who plays a Punjabi boy. The film 2 States, releasing in April, is a romantic drama about a couple from culturally diverse backgrounds and how their respective families react to their relationship.

Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt play lead roles in the film 2 States
Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt play lead roles in the film 2 States

In the film, Alia Bhatt plays the character of a beautiful South Indian girl, Ananya Swaminathan while Arjun Kapoor essays the role of Krish Malhotra, a Punjabi boy from Delhi. The film tracks their love story and has several humourous digs into Punjabi and Madrasi cultures as the families oppose Ananya and Krish's plans to get married.

While Alia's character is a Tamilian Ananya Swaminathan, Arjun's character is that of a Punjabi boy Krish Malhotra
While Alia's character is a Tamilian Ananya Swaminathan, Arjun's character is that of a Punjabi boy Krish Malhotra

2 States was originally planned with actor Saif Ali Khan in the lead role and later it was planned to be produced with Shah Rukh Khan and Asin in the lead roles. Later on, the film-makers settled for Alia and Arjun. The film also features Revathy, Shiv Kumar Subramanium, Amrita Singh and Ronit Roy in important roles -- as Ananya's and Krish's parents.

The film 2 States, releasing in April, is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name
The film 2 States, releasing in April, is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name

2 States is Alia Bhatt's third film as a lead actress. Alia, daughter of Mahesh Bhatt, made her lead role debut in the film Student of the Year and is currently basking in the glory of her latest release Highway where she plays the character of Veera Tripathi, the daughter of a rich business tycoon.

The makers of the film, 2 States, have released several posters of the film and the trailer is slated for a release on February 28. In a tongue-in-cheek style, Alia Bhatt announced on Twitter that she is "engaged" and posted an invitation card for the engagement ceremony between her character Ananya and Arjun's character Krish which, in fact, was the invitation for the launch of the film's trailer.

Here is the official trailer of 2 States movie directed by Abhishek Varman:

 

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