2 States



Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor), a student pursuing his MBA at the IIM Ahmedabad, Gujarat, comes from a family of Punjabi heritage. He meets Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) in his college who comes from a conservative Tamil Brahmin family. Krish and Ananya become friends and start studying together. Soon they begin dating, and stay together for their two years on the IIM campus. Krish confides in Ananya that his real passion is writing, which he wants to pursue a career in. They both have become so close to each other and also have developed sexual relationship many times during the stay in IIMA. When they complete their graduation, Krish and Ananya decide to get married. They introduce their parents to each other at the convocation ceremony. To their dismay, Krish’s loud mother Kavita (Amrita Singh) does not get along with Ananya’s reserved Tamilian parents Radha (Revathy) and Swaminathan (Shiv Kumar Subramaniam). After graduation, Ananya begins her marketing job in her hometown Chennai and Krish goes back to his own hometown Delhi. Krish’s brash family urges him to stay in Delhi and try to discourage him from his interest in writing. They also criticize his relationship with Ananya, and tell him to get into an arranged marriage with a Punjabi girl. It is also evident that there is tension between Krish and his alcoholic father Vikram (Ronit Roy).

Cast & Credits


  • Arjun Kapoor as Krish Malhotra
  • Alia Bhatt as Ananya Swaminathan
  • Amrita Singh as Kavita Mehra Malhotra
  • Ronit Roy as Vikram Malhotra
  • Revathi as Radha Swaminathan,
  • Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as Shiv Swaminathan


  • Sajid Nadiadwala
  • Karan Johar


Abhishek Varman


Chetan Bhagat


Binod Pradhan


Namrata Rao

Music Director




21st Screen Awards
Best Film Marketing – 2 States
60th Filmfare Awards
  • Best Music Director – Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
  • Best Debut Director – Abhishek Varman
7th Mirchi Music Awards
  • Album of The Year – Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Amitabh Bhattacharya
  • Music Composer of The Year – Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy for “Mast Magan”