Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor chat to Cineworld about their roles in Bollywood rom-com 2 States. Two students from different backgrounds fall in love in this funny and perceptive tale of inter-community marriage in India.
Read what Alia and Arjun have to say about working on the film and working with each other.
What was it like working with Arjun Kapoor on 2 States?
It was such a blessing. I have nothing but respect for Arjun, and I really consider him one of my closest friends. He’s a very funny person with a great sense of humour, and has always made me feel so comfortable on set. I’m sure it’s a friendship that we will carry for a long time.
What drew you to the film?
I was a huge fan of Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel of the same name, and remember reading it when I was shooting Student of the Year. I thought it was a beautiful book, and I’m very proud to be a part of the movie.
How do you feel about comparisons to Kareena Kapoor?
I consider them very flattering, as I am such a big fan of hers, but I think there’s only one Kareena Kapoor out there. She’s managed to carve a wonderful career for herself, like numerous other actresses I respect and admire, and I hope to be able to do the same in the future.
I like to think I have my own style though, and I think it’s always important to carve out your own niche in the industry.
You’re very careful about the projects you pick. What are you looking for in a role?
There are a lot of things that can draw me to a script. As an actor, I’m always looking for diversity and want to make sure that I avoid being stereotyped.
When I made my debut in Student of the Year, people immediately assumed that I would always be playing the baby-doll, diva kind of characters. Highway was a totally different kind of role and not at all what anyone was expecting, and I hope people will continue to see my versatility as an actress with the release of 2 States.
There are a lot of similar love stories out there about a boy meeting a girl, falling in love and facing all kinds of obstacles. How is 2 States different?
First of all, 2 States is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best- selling novel. Second of all, the storyline and the characters are different. Also, I think, the problems that Krish and Ananya face are very common, and a lot of people can relate to them.
What is your favourite scene in 2 States?
I don’t think I can pick out one scene. I had so much fun filming it!
All of your family is really involved in the film industry – how did you decide you wanted to be an actor? Was it something you wanted since you were little?
When I was little I really wanted to be a director and I actually tried my hand at that. But later I changed my mind and decided that acting is the way to go. I always knew that I wanted to be in the film industry, I guess it was in my blood.