Exclusive: Interview with Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor

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.

2 States is released in Cineworld on 18 April. Click here to book your tickets.

Alia Bhatt:

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.

Arjun Kapoor:

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.