We all know about the story line of the film ‘2 States’ based on the famous novel of the same name by Chetan Bhagat. The film which is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar and directed by Abhishek Varman talks about a Punjabi boy who falls in love with a Tamil Brahmin Iyengar girl is inspired by the Bhagat bestseller which has also had a lot of acclaim.
Having said that, let us look at the love story by K Balachander that was made in the year 1981 in Hindi called ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’. The film starring Rati Agnihotri and Kamal Haasan was exactly the reverse. The film was about this Tamil boy who falls in love with a north Indian girl. The film was more of an intense love story and ends in a tragedy.
The Shah Rukh Khan – Kareena Kapoor film ‘Ra.One’ also had a similar setting where Shah Rukh plays a south Indian man who is married to a north Indian girl being played by Kareena Kapoor and who is mastering expletives.
‘2 States’ is exactly the reverse story of ‘EDKL’ and also a romantic comedy in terms of the narrative and is expected to be a film with a happy ending like in the book. Alia Bhatt has also gone ahead and learnt the Tamil language, working with an Iyengar lady, knowing and understanding the nuances of a girl who speaks English and Hindi, but with a Tamil twang and accent only while using certain words.
The only real life love story that this film has a strong resemblance is the Dharmendra – Hema Malini real life romance that culminated in a marriage, even though Dahrmendra was already married to Prakash Kaur. Hema Malini is an Iyengar girl by birth and Dharamji is a Punjabi.
It seems like there is a clear indication in recent times to try and involve south Indian characters in lead roles and not relegate them to mere caricatures and laugh at their accent among other things. And it is not just about taking actors from the south of India in the movies, it is also about having the lead character being a Tamilian as well.